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It’d be easy for Ski Beatz to stay settled on his seat in Hip Hop history with classic records like Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents 2,” Camp Lo’s “Luchini” and Fat Joe’s “John Blaze” under his belt. Instead, the North Carolina-bred and New York City-residing producer maintains a workload reminiscent of a hungry up-and-comer.

Spending much of his time in the “24 Hour Karate School” studio (a.k.a. DD172) with friend and colleague Dame Dash, his upcoming mixtape of the same title features established names like Mos Def and Jim Jones alongside future stars like Curren$y, Stalley and Jay Electronica. And as soon as those samples are cleared, he’s getting to work on several other projects with Karate School’s collaborators. In an interview with HipHopDX Producer’s Corner, Ski talks about the importance of creative minds both new and old, and explains how to achieve corporate success without the limits of corporate terms.

Read the rest of the interview here.

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