Alexander Spit: “When I finished These Long Strange Nights it was Halloween 2011. At that time I always had beats on deck, my hard drive had thousands of beats. It was exhausting recording and creating These Long Strange Nights.

“After that project I wanted to continue to put stuff out. I got re-inspired to listen to folks like J Dilla and Madlib again. I started listening to Donuts again in 2011 and I tweeted something like, ‘I think I want to make a beat tape.’ I remember folks were responsive saying I should do it. I was like alright I’m going to whip something up.

“I gave myself a month and a half to whip together Mansions. I put that out and I really didn’t know what folks would expect, it was really just a side project but it ended up being something that a lot of people paid attention to. Complex put it on 50 Best Albums of 2012 (So Far) and that was the first time I got a major publication paying attention to my music. I think that was the first time folks realized I made beats. A lot of people up until that point didn’t know that I was a rapper slash producer.”