Behind The Beats: Jim Jonsin
Jim Jonsin is a former Fire Starter and a repeat Behind the Beats subject. Jonsin is rolling with a string of hits for people such as Beyoncé, but the Miami beatmaker is ready for the world to hear his latest endeavor with a man he's been waiting to chop it up with in the lab for a while: Eminem.
"He was open to ideas," Jonsin recalled of working with Em on Recovery. "He was real respectful to my craft. He let me do what I do. He asked me ideas on some of the lyrics. We had ideas for lyric changes. Certain words may or may not work on radio. We talked about that. He had a setup outside of the room to do production, but I'd rather be in the room where he was at, and he was cool with that. And I knocked out a couple of joints in there while he was in there with me. He was pretty open and he let me do my thing. He did his thing. It was a pretty good experience."
Jonsin is leaving most of the info under wraps, but he did say Mathers went to a place where the producer had never gone before.
"We touched on something that I haven't done anything like that before," Jonsin revealed. "It's unique in a way for myself. It's a place I've been wanting to go, and I'm so happy he allowed it to go down. He played a huge part in the record. Without him on it, it's not the same. I don't wanna give up too much about what it is and what direction."
Double J also said Slim Shady is hungry and sounds like he did on his first couple of projects. "He's got some traditional Eminem on there, but he's definitely going in. The fans are gonna love it."
Next Wave of Flav
On Wiz Khalifa: "I didn't know too much about Wiz. I heard a buzz about him. My manager told me about him. He knows how eager I am to work with young talent because they are the future. The Wiz, YelaWolf, B.o.B's of the world. Getting in with [Wiz], I had no idea what I was in store for, but the guy is extremely talented. He's writing. I worked with him and Rico Love. Them two together is a unique vibe. We've got an uptempo. Something I didn't think he would do, but this guy goes all over the place. We've got a heartfelt banger, a street record. We've got about four ideas."
On Shakira: "It's funny. I've done three sessions with her. I brought Pitbull into one of the sessions. He convinced her to come to the Dominican Republic. He took her to Little Havana. He took her to the 'hood clubs. She came to me, and she had some ideas to do some mambo. I told her I don't really do mambo, but we can find the best players, and I can produce it. We sat down, and she had some ideas. I had ideas, and Pit had ideas."
On T.I.: That's my man right there. Within the next 30 days, we're going to get in for two weeks and focus on his project. We got in and worked on some B.o.B stuff and some things for his project. I love working with Tip. He's another person that's growing musically. Right now, he's keeping it a little bit more gutter, more street on this album. He's put some melody in some of the songs for some radio appeal, but he's challenging himself as well. I've given him quite a few tracks and I hope he uses a couple on his [mixtape, F--- a Mixtape.]"
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