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FADER Mix: Deputy

The producer behind Rihanna’s latest hit celebrates his rap geek roots.

September 11, 2015

Rihanna's femicidal battle cry "Bitch Better Have My Money" rumbled in like a storm cloud this spring, and has since left clubs, charts, and computers in shambles. Out of the debris rose Deputy, the Brooklyn-based Roc Nation producer that helped Rih shake the block with a shrill, rattling new sound. Today, Deputy shares a lengthy mix of formative cuts that glance backward: The Clipse share airtime with Smif-N-Wessun, and you immediately wonder why that doesn't happen more often. And if you catch where he drops "Money," you might hear some BTS commentary on the track from the man himself.


Where are you right now? Describe your surroundings.


I'm currently in the studio talking about geek producer tips with fellow producer friends.

Tell us a bit about your mix—what do you imagine people doing while listening to it?

My list for the most part is nostalgic. I wanted to focus on the golden era of rap. The art of rap. I imagine people listening to it and reminiscing. It always brings you back to a time in life.


You've already worked with some of the best, but who's your dream guest on a Deputy beat?
What have you got bubbling up for the second half of 2015?

My dream artist would be Jay Z. Having him jumping on my track would be fuckin dope. So far I've done tracks and records for Keke Palmer, Dreezy Dreezy, Vic Mensa, Zendaya, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Jay Z and more... We'll see what actually comes out. I'm excited regardless.

With festival season approaching, what are your on-the-road must-haves for staying sane on tour?


To keep sane on tour, you need a phone charger, water, shades, some sneakers you don't care about, and 400mg Ibuprofen pills.

And finally, what's your favorite dish to cook and how do you make it?

I love to cook a mean lemon butter garlic shrimp. It'll change your life! A little olive oil, teaspoon of minced garlic, two teaspoons of butter, and half a squeezed lemon simmering in a pan for ten minutes. Add a little bit of salt. Make sure the shrimp are shelled but with the tail on. The flavor is captured in the tail of the shrimp. Lightly season (Old Bay season) shrimp and add into the pan on a low light and simmer for about five minutes until you think the shrimp is cooked. Don't cook shrimp too long.


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FADER Mix: Deputy