Behind the Beats: Aone

Every rap crew needs a go-to destination for their beats. Rick Ross is aware of this and inked producer Aone, who is building up quite a reputable discography, to his Maybach Music Group.

Aone produced "10 Bricks," featuring YMCMB's Birdman, which appeared on Rozay's Ashes to Ashes mixtape. The upstart has also hooked up tracks for MMG members, including Triple C's and Masspike Miles, as well as the Outlawz, French Montana and others. He is also working on a project with former G-Unit rapper Young Buck called Bond Money and will be handling all of its production. Not bad for a guy from another continent.

"I'm actually from Nigeria," Aone told Mixtape Daily. "I came out here about eight years ago, and I just started working with a couple of people. Mobb Deep — I started getting in the studio with them. I was influenced by Havoc just making beats and [DJ] Toomp and a lot of other producers."

Of his particular sound, Aone said, "I do a lot of sampling: I like to sample, but I twist up my samples. It's a mix of the South, and it's a mix of New York. It's a mix of everything. It's something different."

The producer is making sure to reserve his best beats for the home team. He revealed that Ross has recorded hundreds of songs for his forthcoming album God Forgives, I Don't.

"Ross is winning right now. I did a couple of joints for the album, but Ross, he's always working," Aone explained. "He's in the studio; he's recording over 200 tracks, so you never know. We did over six records already featuring different people. But Ross, he likes to take his time like a masterpiece. He got a bunch of work, so when it's time, we gonna know. But we still working right now. I'm getting back in the studio, and we doing more stuff. God Forgives, I Don't: It's coming; get ready."

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