Starting to Produce and the Influence of Kanye West
Gilbere Forté: “I was introduced to programs like Fruity Loops and Reason to start making beats. I’d play my beats for people in high school and people would be like, ‘These are cool, but they sound like they should go to a movie. No one can rap on this stuff, no one can sing on this stuff.’ I said, ‘I’m gonna fucking prove you wrong one day.’ I tried to really go out there with my beats to different producer conferences and play my stuff and I would get the same responses.
I always had aspirations to be an artist. What set that up for me was when I was in high school, I remember seeing Kanye go from being a producer to an artist. I felt like I could relate to him.
“When I got to college, I met Raak. Me and Raak became close friends over the first two years of college—he was also producing and I had my secret little musical scoring beats. We would always battle each other and it got to a point where we just sat down in a room and we decided to work on some stuff just for fun. I always had aspirations to be an artist. What set that up for me was when I was in high school, I remember seeing Kanye go from being a producer to an artist. I felt like I could relate to him because he was from the Midwest, had a single-parent home, had similar interests. He had that creative frame of mind. I said, ‘One day, I want to do that in my own way.’ That was my game plan."