Behind the Beats: Ty Fyffe
Queens native Ty Fyffe has them all from The G-Unit to Michael Jackson.
“It was a life-changing experience,” he said about visiting Michael Jackson at the King of Pop’s home. At the time in the early ’90s, Fife was under the tutelage of Teddy Riley and living in Virginia.
“Ted was working with Mike heavy after the success of Dangerous,” Fyffe added. “He took me and one of his boys down to Neverland. Mike was working on the ‘Addams Family Values’ soundtrack. It was crazy that I went to the joint. We was in his movie theater.”
After Riley, Fyffe went on to learn from Erick Sermon.
“That was my second half of learning production,” Ty offered. “He showed me so much on the funk side of things — I started studying funk music, the heavy bass lines on the tracks. You could hear it on my work.”
Eventually Ty broke out on is own, working with 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Snoop Dogg and Cam’ron on the classic Come Home With Me. After mingling so long with vets, Fyffe wants to spread the love to new jacks.
“I got a contest for my new compilation,” he said, directing fans to TyFyffe.com. “The first installment of Ty Fyffe Presents — it’s raw and uncut its hosted by DJ Kay Slay the Drama King. It’s a global competition I’m promoting all over the Internet. I got sponsors like Digiwaxx. It’s a great opportunity; it’s the chance of lifetime. I wanted to get the fresh talent from people out there. We’re getting so many submissions from people in Las Vegas, Texas, Virginia — it’s a great way to get yourself out there. This is a way for me to reach out to people trying to get with me and give them a shot. Fyffe’s contest ends on April 15.
Next Wave of Flav
On Jim Jones: “He’s going for big records. He’s trying to catch that big record look. He’s gonna always have the streets; he’s affiliated with the streets. I just wanna take him to the next level.”
On Busta Rhymes: “I got two on The Chemo. I’m still submitting for him. We had a lot of success on the last record. I did the ‘Hustler’s Anthem’ with T-Pain. Busta is incredible, hands-down one of the best. He’s so creative, he’s mastered flows — the new records are energy. I’m making big intros [for him]. When the beat drops, its over.”
On Drake: “They didn’t pick the joint yet. We’ll see what happens. I hope I make the album. It’s looking pretty strong. I’m gonna keep feeding the album.”
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» Wreckx-n-Effect – “Rump Shaker”
“I was under Teddy Riley’s camp — he put me on in ’92. I did half of the Wreckx-n-Effect album and I did the single ‘Rump Shaker’ with him. I got a chance to learn from the best producer in the music business. He changed music. When you say Teddy Riley, that’s like Quincy Jones — one of the greatest. ['Rump Shaker'] was so big. Kriss Kross ‘Jump’ was the only record messing with us at the time.
“We made two versions,” he added. “It was a totally different record [originally]. It was called ‘Shake Your Rump.’ We did one that had the Big Daddy Kane/ Super Cat ‘Don Dadda’ sample. The horns was always in it, the Public Enemy horns [from "Show 'Em Whatcha Got"]. We did a lot of mixes. We spent 48 hours on that record before we finished. I got a chance to see Teddy Riley make a beat and take it apart and put it back together when I was with him. He was doing stuff like SWV ‘Human Nature’ remix, Mary J. Blige ‘My Life’ remix. I did the first Blackstreet record with Ted from the “CB4″ soundtrack, ‘Baby Be Mine.’ ”
» Amil (featuring Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel) – “4 Da Fam”
“That record was made for Jay-Z. That’s when Jay and Dame Dash was rocking heavy — they was buying beats. [Jay] didn’t want the beat. I was cooking up something for Jay. They bought it for Amil. I go to lay the beat, Bleek goes in, blacks out. Beans goes in blacks out. Now I’m up at Def Jam again. Guess who I run into? Jay-Z! He says, ‘You know I had to get on that beat, right?’ ”
» Jay-Z (featuring DMX and Ja Rule) – “Murdergram” and “It’s Murder”
“Def Jam had Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles. Irv Gotti was working there and he brought Jay-Z, DMX and Ja Rule. He leaked that ‘Murdergam.’ It was crazy. It got so much buzz. They was supposed to be a supergroup. I did the only records with Jay-Z, DMX and Ja Rule. I was in the sessions. You know how you hear things, but when you see them for yourself? Jay-Z is phenomenal. Dude did not write anything. He was just rocking, listening to the track. Five minutes later, ‘I got it. I’m going in.’ One-take Hov.”
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