The Making of T.I.'s "Trap Muzik"

"Trap Muzik" f/ Mac Boney

Producer: T.I., San "Chez" Holmes, DJ Toomp

Jason Geter: “We actually started renting out a room in the back of Mac Boney’s mom’s hair salon. We had a Roland 2480 machine. Truth be told, Trap Muzik was 90% made in that back room of KBJ’s Beauty Salon on this Roland 2480. We would come when it was closed and leave before it opened up. Sometimes we’d be creeping out of the back door with old ladies coming in the front door to get their hair done.

“It was interesting because the neighborhood that we were in, like Bone Crusher was around the corner working. He had a studio and David Banner would always be there. Lil Jon used to work not too far away. Everyone from Atlanta that rose during that time had been working around each other, hitting the same Chitlin Circuit tours, going to the same towns. It wasn’t a ton of people around at the time.”

T.I.: “My big cousin Toot introduced me to Toomp because they grew up together on the Southwest side. My cousin, he was deep into the other side of the lifestyle, not so much music, but very deep into the other side of it. Not in the common, expected way either. He had a way of putting himself into positions that would keep him financially stable.

 

Truth be told, Trap Muzik was 90% made in that back room of KBJ’s Beauty Salon on this Roland 2480. We would come when it was closed and leave before it opened up. Sometimes we’d be creeping out of the back door with old ladies coming in the front door to get their hair done. - Jason Geter

 

“He pulled up on me and he said, 'Hey, man, what you doing out here all alone and shit?' I was like, ‘This what I’m doing, help me.’ I was talking about him helping me on another note, you know what I’m saying? On the things that I knew that he knew how to do. He was like, 'Man, can’t you rap?' I was like, 'Nah, the shit ain’t working.' He was like, 'Man, I can help you with the raps, but I can’t help you with the other shit.'

“So basically, he took me over to Toomp. Toomp gave me a—it wasn’t even a CD—it was a damn cassette tape with some beats on it. I called him later on that night and said, 'I’m ready to go.' We get in there, did about three of four records.”

DJ Toomp: “We named the album Trap Muzik. We built the album off that concept. That’s why we had the skits in there, he went into details about the trap at the beginning of the song. Took you through the journey through the trap basically.

“Tip actually created that track and then I came in and finished it up. Tip produced too, if you give him a drum machine and a keyboard, he can get it down. That’s what also makes him an overall good artist. He gets it. He understands the artist side and the production side of the game. The same aspects that made Kanye what he is.

“I was there for really the whole album. Even the stuff that I didn’t produce, I was there just to make sure everything went well as far as the delivery, the lyrics, the direction. There were a lot of songs we recorded where we were like, ‘Ehhh, that song doesn’t need to go on the album.”

Sanchez Holmes: “It was crazy because it’s three different songs in one but we loved every part of it. All three songs were dope so we said why don’t we make them all one because they was talking about the same thing. It was T.I.’s idea. Creatively the boy, the dude is a genius, man.”

T.I.: “The intro track, that was probably one of the easiest records to make. It was an exercise in expanding and taking matters in my own hands [by producing part of it]. Since I wrote it, since I know what it sounds like in my head, let me put the beat together. The song came to life.”

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