Just like a chameleon, AraabMUZIK has been able to blend into two different musical worlds, staying focused on simply producing quality sounds - regardless of genre.
Whether he's making records for hardcore hip-hop artists like Cam'ron's Diplomats or performing at some of the most electric EDM/Dance concerts, Araab isn't ready to be boxed in.
During an interview with MTV News, the Rhode Island native spoke passionately about music today and how he won't be conforming to any pop sounds to garner radio play.
"Everyone’s just trying to stay relevant and trying to stay with the time," he said. "What I say is a lot of music right now is like all these people got uniforms. They all look the same, sound the same. Me, I’m not down with the uniform. I don’t have it. I’m not staying the same."
AraabMuzik got his start producing for Cam'ron, but these days he has his hands in so much more. He just finished helping Slaughterhouse with production for their upcoming Shady Records LP; he’s also working alongside Swizz Beatz and Timbaland on Alicia Keys’ next project. In addition, Araab will be releasing his own album, Dream World on June 16; it’s the follow-up to his 2011 project Electronic Dream.
"I’m not a predictable producer," he told us. "You don’t know what kind of sound I’ma go with ‘cause I don’t have a natural sound yet, like, people know me for the hard beats and sampling but I can go left field and do the whole dance music and then I can just slow it down."
Araab claims that he can take it slow (check out his remix of Trey Songz "Na Na" if you don't believe him), but he mostly speeds things up, specifically on his MPC - the drum machine he uses in the studio and on stage. During his live show, Araab doesn't just play his beats for the crowd, he delivers a real live performance - something that is much-appreciated in the push-button DJ world.
"I’ve graduated to doing a whole bunch of things now," he said. "I’m just doing a whole lot of other stuff than just that one sound of music. You know, like we know that this one style is cool but, you know, being a producer is like being able to do it all."
Araab uses his MPC skills to his advantage at his live performances and in the studio. He doesn't email his beats to artists like so many producers do these days, instead he uses his drum machine as an instrument, making music that fits the specific artist he's working with at the time.
"‘Cause that’s where the real creative process begins," he explained. "You can actually grab a lot of ideas and... I’m doing all these different things live right on the spot... versus just sending a track."
There's no telling what we'll get next from Araab, but you can guarantee that it won't sound like anything else that's out there.
"It’s like bringing that real sound, that real hip-hop...not this fake whatever poppy thing," he said. "That’s what people want, those radio hits solely last two to three weeks and then what’s next? People don’t really want that anymore. They're [isn't] that real, raw hip-hop and that’s what I feel like I’m going to bring and deliver with the Slaughterhouse and Alicia Keys' albums. What I’m working on is something complete, definitely fresh, new air."