Myself (John Public) and the homie Kevin Nottingham wanted to collab on a series that looked into what makes a producer a successful CEO. We kicked things off this week with Jersey beatsmith Illmind (credits include 50 Cent, Eminem, Little Brother, Emilio Rojas, Skyzoo, LL Cool J and many others), a man that has found a way to balance independent and major success, teaching, science and mixtapes with the music industry relationships necessary to take his craft to the next level. In Part 1 of 5, we looked into how he got his start, Kriss Kross, J Dilla, which album he’d need on a desert island and a few other nuggets to help unlock the mind of one of hip-hop’s brightest young producers.
Part 2 after the jump…
We continue with Part 2 of our exclusive Producer CEO series with Illmind, and here, he gets open about his experience teaching music at the Harlem Children’s Zone, science and some of the more interesting projects he’s undertaken. Producer’s are usually cerebral people, and Illmind’s love of Music Science isn’t surprising, although it’s definitely interesting to hear about his own experiences “seeing sounds” when he’s behind the boards.