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Young RJ (BR Gunna) - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

BR Gunning In The Dirty District With Young RJ

December 2005

MVRemix: J Dilla (formerly known as Jay Dee) is an exceptional producer. How would you say his production style and creative process is different than yours?

Young RJ: That's what makes us both dope producers. We got different styles and different creative processes.

MVRemix: Favorite drum machine / sampler?

Young RJ: MPC 3000 and an Akia S950.

MVRemix: Take us through your creative process. Where do you do pre-production? How long does it usually take to finish a beat?

Young RJ: I do my pre-production in the studio, on the spot. It usually only takes 20 to 30 minutes.

MVRemix: On the song ‘Money, Power & Influence’ from Guru’s ‘The Street Scriptures’ album, Talib Kweli mentions that Pro-Tools made producers lazy. Do you agree?

Young RJ: Yeah, I do agree. When I started off producing and engineering, we were going straight through the 2 inch tape. There weren’t any Pro-Tools. We had to fly the hook by hand.

MVRemix: What was it like growing up in Detroit?

Young RJ: If you can make it here, then you can make it anywhere.

MVRemix: What advice would you give for someone who is just starting in the music industry?

Young RJ: Work hard and perfect your craft.

MVRemix: Which artists or musicians would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Young RJ: I would like to collaborate with 50, Jay-Z, Nas, Dre, Beyonce, Tierra Marie. Especially, Tierra Marie.

MVRemix: What LPs have you been listening to lately?

Young RJ: The ‘Get Rich Or Die Trying’ Soundtrack, ‘Illmatic’ (Nas), Three 6 Mafia, Stereolive, Beanie Sigel’s ‘Public Enemy #1’ mix-tape.”

MVRemix: What is your favorite part of your live show?

Young RJ: The whole show. Just watching the response of the whole crowd.

MVRemix: How has your live show evolved?

Young RJ: After you do so many, you just perfect it.

MVRemix: Where were you during September 11th 2001? How did you handle it?

Young RJ: I was in school. I was in Math Class. My pops was in the airport. I called him on my cell phone. I handled it like everybody else.

MVRemix: Do you think that success and credibility are mutually exclusive?

Young RJ: No, I don’t think that they are mutually exclusive. People are successful without having credibility. People have credibility but they aren't successful.

MVRemix: Word association. When I say the name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said, ‘Flava Flav’, you may say ‘Clock’ or ‘Crack’. Okay?

Young RJ: Okay.

MVRemix: Baatin.

Young RJ: Creative.

MVRemix: Little Brother.

Young RJ: Soulful.

MVRemix: Slum Village.

Young RJ: Creators of Neo-Soul.

MVRemix: Lacks.

Young RJ: Cool.

MVRemix: Phife Dawg.

Young RJ: Legend.

MVRemix: Organized Konfusion.

Young RJ: Originators.

MVRemix: M.O.P.

Young RJ: Adrenaline.

MVRemix: Atmosphere.

Young RJ: Important.

MVRemix: DMX.

Young RJ: Speaks truth.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Young RJ: Great rapper.

MVRemix: Wu-Tang Clan.

Young RJ: Ain't nothing to fuck wit.

MVRemix: Curtis Mayfield.

Young RJ: Classic.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Young RJ: The president.

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions do you think people have of you?

Young RJ: Everything was handed to me because of who my father is.

MVRemix: What are some future collaborations fans should look out for?

Young RJ: Future collabos? J. Issac, the new Proof album, Swift of D-12 mix-tape, and Bishop Lamont. He just got signed to Aftermath.

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"When I started off producing and engineering, we were going straight through the 2 inch tape. There weren’t any Pro-Tools. We had to fly the hook by hand. "