Behind the Beats: Cardiak
In the grand scheme of things, Cardiak is new to the game. But the Willingboro, New Jersey, rap producer has already amassed some major hits. After making his biggest splash on Lloyd Banks’ 2010 Kanye/ Swizz Beatz/ Fabolous collab cut “Start It Up,” Cardiak has gone on to land beats with 50 Cent, Fab and Red Cafe. Mixtape Daily caught up with the N.J. boardsman on the set of Maybach Music Group’s “600 Benz,” another track that he crafted.
“When I produced the track, I was actually thinking of Meek Mill,” Cardiak said of “600 Benz.” “He had first got signed to Maybach Music, so I was like, this would be the perfect track for him and Rick Ross to hop on. So I had sent the beat to Spiff and Spiff hit me back like, ‘Yo, Wale and Ross did the joint.’ ”
Not only did Cardiak land a single off of MMG’s upcoming compilation Self Made, he also produced the cut “Rise,” which features Pill, Wale, CyHi da Prynce, Curren$y and singer Teedra Moses. “That track is more like a mellow track, ‘Maybach Music’ type of feel,” he said. “It’s not like the trap sound, it’s not like ’600 Benz.’ It’s something totally different.”
With all that he has accomplished for the young beat maker, it seems that the best is yet to come. He has since worked with 50 Cent, giving the G-Unit general the beat for his 2011 Internet freestyle “6 out of 6 (Get Gully)” and hints at an upcoming Fif single tentatively titled “Outlaw.”
In the meantime, fans can enjoy Cardiak’s production on Fabolous’ The Soul Tape (“Y’all Don’t Hear Me Tho”) and Red Cafe’s Above the Cloudz (“We Get It On,” featuring Omarion).
He got that work.
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