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An unfiltered interview with Connecticut born producer Jiggy Hendrix

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A couple months back when Nipsey Hussle released the now infamous hundred dollar mixtape "Crenshaw", there was one record and one record only that immediately caught my attention. Track 16 entitled If U Were Mine featuring "legend in the making" James Fauntleroy and a unsettling sample from Sade. The haunting trail that the sample leaves throughout the song gives me the chills everytime I hear it. Connecticut born producer Jiggy Hendrix recalls that this beat was the first one he had given Nipsey when initially working together. More on that later. Jiggy is an amazing and talented kid, with a crazy creative mind. Listen for more of Jiggy Hendrix in 2014 on your favorite rapper/artist/bands/album.

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What music was popular growing up in Connecticut?

For me growing up in Connecticut which is a really east coast state, being so close to New York we were really into all of the music coming out of there. Shit like Dipset, Mobb Deep, Biggie, DMX, Nas, Jay Z. For me along with all of my east coast influences I was always a fan of West Coast music as well as other genres that weren't necessarily popular in my demographic. The first album I ever was allowed to own was Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle and from that I became fascinated with the sound the West had. One of my friends had moved from California and was a huge fan of West coast gangster rap so I was on the bus in elementary and middle school listening to random gang bangin' artists who no one had a clue even existed in my Walkman and shit.

Do you believe it is necessary to move to Los Angeles or New York to pursue a career in music?

Shit nowadays the way people consume music with the internet canceling out a lot of prior requirments I wouldn't say it's absolutely necessary to move to NY or LA or anywhere that you don't want to move to. What I will say is that these two cities do play an important role in your career as an artist. If your not compelled to move to either one your for damn sure gonna be visiting and doing business in one or the other pretty frequently and you'll soon find out the importance of these two hubs and why so many people do choose to move to them to further there careers. I think it's a case of wanting/needing to be near the action and the hustle as well as the networks of these two major music cities plus there both tight as shit culturally and historically.

Your currently on tour with Sirah a newer edgier pop artist. What are some highlights from the tour so far? How did you and her first link up?

Being on tour with Sirah has been really dope and eye opening to the grind of a full time touring artist. The highlights of the tour for me have definitely been shit like performing for sold out shows damn near every night, meeting a ton of new people, drinking whiskey, seeing this country we call ours some of these places we visited I had only heard about in fuckin history class so getting to see all the cities would definitely be one of the biggest highlights for me if I had to choose one. As for how me and her linked up it's pretty similar to how me and you linked up for this interview. One day I was chillen in my room and got a tweet from her simply saying "your dope" it was right after she won her Grammy so when I went to check who the hell it was that was tweeting at me I was on her twitter and everything was saying congrats on the Grammy and shit like that. I thought it was like a fake account or something but sure enough it was really her, I hit her back saying thank you and shit and then we direct messaged each other exchanged info and from there started a friendship that lead to me heading to sxsw with her then producing a record on her Ep and then ultimately getting the opportunity to go on the road with her as her tour DJ. There's more cool details of how she found me but to sum it all up into a couple words of how we linked up I would say "The Internet".

In your opinion what are the main elements you consider for a hit single nowadays?

I can't really call it I listen to so much music and sometimes I'm taken back at which songs happen to connect with the masses. If you were to ask me what elements make a song a hit for a certain genre I might be able to give a more accurate answer to that question but even that's tricky. For the most part I would say so many songs are hits for different reasons that I wouldn't even feel right generalizing certain elements that make a song successful nonetheless it's an interesting idea to wrap your head around.

You are a part of Nipsey Hussles now infamous $100 Mixtape "Crenshaw". The song features James Fauntleroy and a haunting Sade sample. Do you remember making that record? What came first the beat or the sample? How did James Fauntleroy join the record?

Yea me and Nip been working together for about a year or two mainly back and forth through the email and shit. That record was one of the first beats I had sent over to him when we first linked up I personally had forgotten about it up until a couple days before Crenshaw dropped I got the word that it made the tale. When I had sent that particular joint he had hit me on the phone and told me that he had dropped some shit on it but I never heard what he had done with it. That was almost a year before he put out the Crenshaw tape so he had been sitting on that for quite some time but I'm glad he chose to drop it when he did Nipsey is probably one of my favorite rappers out and that tape came out crazy. I do remember making that beat actually I was kickin it with my boy BK we're always listening to music in search of dope shit to flip or just listening to dope shit to listen to in general. He had told me to flip that sade joint so I did it it came out pretty fresh and I sent it to nip. I incorporated the sample heavily into the beat and it just came together it's simple beat but shit we all know sometimes less is more especially in Hip Hop. As far as James Fauntleroy getting on the record I guess Nip had him in the studio he overheard the record and insisted that he let him sing some shit on it. Fauntleroy is the god though so I was pretty excited to see him join that record and nip always drops classic shit so you already know.

What was it about the Great Gatsby Original Soundtrack that made you want to rework the project and put out an EP?

I had flipped the Lana Del Rey young and beautiful joint with like a dubby feel to it and one of my homegirls that writes for Jay Z's life and times blog hit me up like "yo this would be perfect for the blog do you have anymore flips of the gatsby soundtrack like this?".It was right around the time the movie was about release so I instantly had the thought to re work the movies soundtrack and release it on the blog seeing as Jay Z executive produced the soundtrack it was a good fit. We coordinated it and made it happen I flipped all the joints in a night and had it to her the next morning. So yea shout's to Gaby over at lifeandtimes.com for the inspiration to cook up that little EP.

What other movies are you that passionate about?

Shit I'm into a lot of movies a few of my closest friends are huge movie buffs. I'm a big Quentin Tarantino fan I've been watching inglorious basterds a lot in hotel rooms this tour. I also fuck with all the Star Trek movies real heavy I'm a big fan of Sci Fi movies.

Who are some of the artists you have been working with? Want to work with?

As of now I've been working with Nip sey still sending him a lot of beats every chance I get, I've been working with a few Anr's at a couple labels hopefully they get some shit placed, I had a meeting not too long ago about working with Ty dolla $ign I guess he chose like 10 of my beats kind of excited to see if that turns into something cool, I also been spreading myself on the internet so different artist from around the world have been in my gmail trying to get some work in as well. I'm currently working on my own solo Ep/Mixtape as well so I'm putting joints aside for myself I've been rapping before I ever made any beats so I'm excited to mix it all up and put out some new material.
Artist I'd want to work with would be Action Bronson, All of TDE, Jhene Aiko, Dom Kennedy there's other but those are a few of the too of the head.

Top 3 favorite albums of 2013?

Good kid Maad City

Blue Chips 2

Crenshaw

What is your definition of art?

Art is everything and everything is art.

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