FROM KING LOS’
On his first reaction when he heard the instrumental for the "Becoming King Intro":
My first reaction was to jump in the booth!!
On what inspired the song concept for "Becoming King Intro":
My ambitions to become one of the most respected artists in the game. I've learned a lot of lessons in this business and have evolved. My whole career has been a journey from the business side to my artistry. Its all about my growth and taking my fans along for the ride.
On if his
constantly changing flow was tricky to record:
No not really, I love when a
beat tastefully switches up and allows me to do the same with the flow.
On what drew him to use this beat as the intro:
I knew how I wanted the intro to sound so I got
J Oliver and FlightSch in the studio and broke down what I was looking for,
they delivered it perfectly. The beat definitely builds up anticipation
for what's to come. It's like when you watch a movie and it gives you a feeling
of suspense and what's coming next. " Becoming King" intro definitely
prepares my fans for what’s in store.
On how he went about writing the intro:
We were building the beat in the studio together
so once it was far enough along I just starting going in. Without using a pen
or pad I just go where the beat takes me.
On how his "Becoming King" mixtape will differ from
his previous tapes:
All my mixtapes were about different points in
my career. Becoming King is about where I am now. It's about my
quest to make my imprint on this industry and rising above adversity. I want to
inspire people to work for what they want and pursue their dreams. Trials and
tribulations come but you have to endure and embrace the struggle in order to
On the journey to 'Becoming King' and how long he
thinks that journey will take:
I definitely believe that "Becoming
King" is an on-going journey. I could be a multi-platinum selling artist
and still feel like I haven't reached my destination. I will constantly
be looking for ways to challenge myself.
On how being a new father will affect his rhymes:
[It will affect my rhymes] in the sense that I believe that being a
father is one of my greatest accomplishments and I want to be a role model to
my son. That makes me want to work harder to achieve my goals and hope that I
can instill that in my son.
On his favourite line/verse:
There are some dope lines in the record but I'd
have to say that my favorite part from the track is the beginning, being able
to speak to the listener about my outlook on what it takes reach your goals.
THE PRODUCERS, J. OLIVER & FLIGHT SCH.’S PERSPECTIVE
On if they’ve worked together
Flight Sch: Well it was the first time I actually met Jay in the studio in
Phoenix. Los was real keen on gettin’ us to collaborate on that beat, given the
different styles of music we both came from. It was great because we knew right
then how we wanted this intro to sound and we had it in minutes!
Jay Oliver: When I flew into Arizona, Los brought me to After Platinum studios and
introduced me to Flight School and said, "you guys are both geniuses and I want
ya'll to work on my Intro together." He made us watch this Will Smith Youtube
video that was crazy inspiring...and from that I knew the direction I wanted to
go with it and from there Flight school felt the epicness..and me and Flight School
are very musical so we didn't want to lose that. Flight School is very
knowledgeable about "difference makers" of a track . He added the elements
that I wouldnt even think to add..therefore broadening my knowledge and helping
me to learn, really transforming my sound to a whole different level. This was
our first time and first beat together, it was one of the most epic moments in
On if they had worked with Los before &
recording in-studio together:
FlightSch: I had just gotten signed to After Platinum then, that was back in June
last year and it was only days later when I met Los. We did have a couple of
demos laced down but yeah that was pretty much the first time I had
the opportunity to work with Los. Definitely an honor working with a
Jay Oliver: We all worked on this track in the studio together. The first day
I landed in Arizona we got straight to work...and after the 2 or 3 hours of
working on the record we played it for Los, and he snapped. I'm talking about NO
PEN NO PAPER ...TOP OF THE HEAD. Ive worked with Los my whole life, people who
know me and Los know we are pretty much brothers that's big bro and I’m little
bro, But Ive never witnessed what we saw Los do in that studio that day
ever...I always been a believer of Los...we been through it all, but when
I tell you this record changed my whole outlook on how I live life and do music
its real. Sent chills through me. You couldn't begin to understand the epic
magic in the studio that day.
On if they have more tracks with Los on “Becoming King”:
FlightSch: Not right now though. It was just on
"Becoming King" for me.
Jay Oliver: Um as far as me and
Flight School is concerned, no the intro track was the only track we did
together that’s on the album. I believe I have about 4 or 5 tracks on Becoming King. The only other co-production
track I did is with my bros Mitzfitzsoundz ..who just recently produced “Top
of the World” for Joe Budden featuring Kirko Bangz on his latest CD. But I
produced a lot of records for Los for Becoming
King...I've always been Los' go-to producer, we worked hard on this project
and had long, long talks and late nights....I'm about being legendary...and so
is Los..We do this because we were destined too. King life.
On if the intricacy of the track and the modern sound
throughout the beat is typical in their production:
FlightSch: Well I have a great admiration for orchestral sounding records and have
tried emulating them on a couple of FlightSch records I produced too. And Jay
being the maestro of hard-hitting hip-hop beats, we clearly understood our
strengths and we just knew how everything was gonna form up. It was great
workin with Jay and I’m guessing we both learned a thing or two along the way.
Jay Oliver: Um, me,
yes. One thing about my production is I never like to keep it simple or boring...I
love when music switches up. So I tend to have drops in my production to make you
be like, "What the hell just happened?," or you’re like, "Def didn't see
this coming." I like for musical composition to always keep you wondering
and guessing what’s coming next.
On what equipment was used to create the beat for the “Becoming
FlightSch: Jay and I worked with Logic & Reason for this.
Jay Oliver: Flight school uses Logic and I just learned how to use Logic so we used Logic...only
thing was I was a Reason user when I started making beats, when I was 16, so I
rewired Reason to Logic and use both of them at the same time.
On their go-to machines:
FlightSch: Well honestly in this 2.0 age, everything has moved to being digital.
We have everything we need in our little Macbooks and Mac Pros. It’s crazy how
we have it all this easy really. Haha, oh and my Akai MPK49 too.
Jay Oliver: I use Logic and Reason Combined...still waiting for my tutorial On the
"Mashine" from Mr.Porter, a good mentor of mine. But as of now its
Logic and Reason.
On their musical influences:
FlightSch: I have many, many
influences all the way from the composer John Debney to The-Dream to Quincy
Jones. Just too many to name really. I guess being open and receptive to every
kinda genre just allows us to have a much more mature take on
Jay Oliver: My musical
influences growing up have always been Eminem and Cool and Dre. It’s weird, I
know, but when I was in high school that's who I looked up to and who
influenced me. Now when it comes to my production, my musical influences that
pushes me to be legendary and the best the worlds seen is my family and my