V Exclusive! Kane Beatz Speaks on His 2011 Grammy Nominations

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By: Vibe / December 6, 2011

With the nominees of the 2011 Grammy Awards building excitement for the upcoming show, Kane Beatz will certainly be in attendance when it goes down next February.

The 24-year-old producer is known for producing smash hits such as Trey Songz’ “Bottoms Up,” Young Money’s “Bedrock” and recently Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.” This year, Lupe Fiasco’s “The Show Must Go On” is nominated for Best Rap Performance, while Minaj scores a nod for Best New Artist. Kane Beatz has multiple chances of winning an award he has dreamed of since becoming a producer.

“It would be a blessing,” Beatz said. “To be recognized at that level, it would just be the ultimate acknowledgement. That’s what everybody works for–that Grammy.”

Beatz’ early days of producing began with Trick Daddy’s “Tuck Ya Ice” in 2006, and since then he has expanded his musical repertoire outside of hip-hop. He has turned his focus to R&B, crafting sounds that goes along with his universal appeal. He is currently working with The Building Records signee The-Mad Violinist.

“Once you hear, ‘Kane is in the buildin’,’ the exciting part is because I’m making music that is fun,” Kane Beatz said. “The type of music I’m touches a lot of different people.”

The Orlando native is a part of a new wave of young producers who are high in demand by big name hip-hop acts. Already having a few successful singles with the YMCMB camp under his belt, he is set to boast appearances on Birdman’s Bigga Than Life, Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being 2.  He has also produced for Rick Ross and Nas.

“That was such a crazy experience, Nas is so hands-on,” he said. “You can’t make a beat for Nas, you really got to make it for the sound he wants.”

 Beatz is continuing to stay busy going into 2012, scouting talent for his label The Building. He has recently signed JR Get Money, who is also nominated for a Grammy from work on Lupe’s single off Lasers. –Eric Diep