Today we have Toronto producer Ol Man 80zz, a man who made up one-quarter of the The Lost Info and working with some of your favorite rappers. We recently caught up with him to talk about running management companies, the Toronto underground, upcoming work and more.
RD: We just ran the homie Futurewave’s interview, where he said you ran a producer management company. What go you into that?
80zz: Yes that’s right. In 2005, I started a management company called The Lost Info. There were originally 4 members of the crew which was myself, Futurewave, Blanxx and Kapo. The main purpose of the company was to showcase the talent coming out of the camp with hopes of getting placements with artists or licensing opportunities. I think the main reason I got into that aspect of the industry was because I never really cared when it came to engineering and making beats. I’ve always been a good talker so I figured hooking up with the right people would bring exposure and we could all reach common goals. If I was gonna eat with anyone it would be with the mans I started with.
RD: How long have you been producing?
80zz: My first drum machine was an Akai MPC 2000, got that around 2001. Back then I never really took beat making seriously, it was more of a hobby because I love hip hop so much. Started taking it more seriously around ’15, most of my time before that was spent trying to push other producers material and make a little bit of fetti.
RD: My favorite joint of yours is the infectious ‘Throw Your Hood Up’ from the 5 Finger Discount EP with Heem Stogied. Talk about that project and that joint in particular
80zz: That shit is a classic in my eyes, got slept on heavy. I don’t really remember too much about making the slap for Throw, the sample I used at the beginning was a cut from the movie Mo Betta Blues. I’ve always been one to love different styles of hip hop, and Heem was the perfect guy to blend a grimy and more modern style. I actually got put onto Heem thru Bozack Morris and Futurewave. I think with him being from Atlanta it was easier for me to send more up-tempo beats and mix it up with the grimy shit. The chemistry was there so we just ran with it! Hopefully we see that project on streaming platforms very soon.
RD: How do you feel about the Toronto underground scene? There seems to be a whole community of dope shit coming from the area.
80zz: Our underground scene right now is untouchable, the mc’s and producers coming up and from around the area are all fire. What can I say? We are the OVO of the underground haha. I think the talent has been there, it was just a matter of time for people to take notice. I salute all the mans putting that work in.
RD: Do you create beats with any particular artist in mind?
80zz: Nah, I don’t do that. Whatever comes out comes out, I could sit there for hours and come up with nothing. I have to be in the mood for making slaps or the shit just won’t work for me. I’ve never been good at forcing anything.
RD: What’s the science behind your name?
80zz: Back in the day everybody used to call me Major when I was managing producers, but when I got back into producing full time I didn’t want people to know it was me. I was originally going to go with 80z Crac but Futurewave was like ‘yo, that’s wack’ . I remember getting smoked out one night I was going back and forth with names, and because I’m a little older than these young cats, I came up with Ol Man 80zz. I’m just a grumpy dude born in the crack era. My gray hair definitely has an influence on my name.
RD: Recently you’ve linked with Poison Ring Regime hitters Nowaah The Flood and Jamal Gasol. Can you tip your hand at any future collabs or projects in the works?
80zz: Those are the homies! I’m always down to work with them, the chemistry and relationships have always been A1. Right now I’m working on my own project called Jarvis Street and also looking to drop a little 7″ with the homie Jay Worthy. I’m steady working but also picky about when material drops.
RD: What’s your ultimate goal as a producer?
80zz: To be consistent, I always want to learn new shit and apply that to creating. Music is my passion so being my crazy ass self and making a little paper at the same time is ideal for me.
RD: I’m giving you an unlimited budget for a project, what’s the first 3 calls?
80zz: That’s easy; Black Thought, Ghostface and Curren$y.
Check out 80zz’s soundcloud here https://soundcloud.com/olman80zz
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