OneTwoOneTwo.com catches up with “long resume” producer Domingo on set filming videos and on the grind. His new album The Most Underrated was released through a joint effort with up and coming label Latch Key. Some Hip Hop fans may think of him just as one of the in house producers for the baby blue QN5 label but they’d be oh so wrong. Check the resume new jacks and we’ll learn ya something.
So, sounds like you out and about
Yea that’s what’s up. Yea just get into it from there. So you said you’re doing videos for the album?
That’s what’s up. Ok no doubt. And where will cats be able to check out the video?
O.k. so you up on the myspace like everyone else?
So the album, “The Most Underrated”, do you feel like that sometimes?
DOMINGO: Do I feel most underrated sometimes? Yea sometimes I do. But I don’t sit back and cry about it. You know I know what I did in the game and it can’t be taken back. Can’t be taken back in time or taken away. But, a lot of people tell me when I meet them that “yo, you are one of the most underrated cats in the game”, and actually the album title got a lot of things that fit with the album. Like I feel like a lot of people and a lot of the artist on the album are underrated and they don’t get the props they should be getting. You know what I’m saying?
Ok. No doubt. Like what artist on the album are you talking about that you got?
You just pretty much covered the whole spectrum of ….
Now that cat Joel Ortiz is nice man.
That’s for sure. I can agree with that. Now I know the album did run into some problems with the bootleggers. We actually spoke on that before. Like I guess you had to go back in and change some things?
DOMINGO: Yea I went back in and revamped a good portion of the album. I had a song that was on the bootleg version, but is not on this version. And there’s different music on some of the songs. But there’s more songs than before and it is what it is. I come out March 13 which is next Tuesday. And it’s definitely different. As a matter of fact, back to what you said, I covered spectrums, you know the whole spectrum. But I’m gone be real with you, coming from the West coast to the Midwest, North, South, and back East, I even covered gospel hip hop with my man “Precise”. So I covered, I don’t want to say covered all the aspects of hip hop, but I’m giving you Immortal Technique, Political, Precise (is gospel hip hop). You got your gangsta hip hop, back packer hip hop, and underground hip hop. So I covered it all.
Right. That’s definitely what’s up. Sounds like definitely something that has everybody’s taste on it.
So, the album pretty much reflects your discography, cause you’ve got like….
Yea cause cats that may not know you, definitely heard your sound.
Exactly and being an artist, producer, artist, it’s pretty much like being the same thing. You know there’s artistry in the craft that you do. Like you want to branch out and explore other avenues as well. So what kind of advice would you give to cats trying to come up in the production game and to have that longevity and maximize those other opportunities?
DOMINGO: Well I mean, for cats that’s coming into the game, I don’t mean to sound fucked up towards them but you know man, go be a doctor. Cause a lot of people that are coming up in the game now are just buying lap tops and thinking that because they can put a beat together that they’re a producer. There’s a lot that comes with the aspect of being a producer man. It’s not just taking samples and that’s just the basics of producing. You gotta be able to get in there and create a song and create something out of that song for that artist. And if you can’t do that at the end of the day, then you’re just a beat maker. So you know, for the kid that’s coming up in the game, you gotta be really serious about it man. And don’t think cause you made one beat that you’re the hottest thing on the planet. Cause you not! But go to college and get a degree along with it.
No doubt. A lot of cats are just like d.js and grab a lot of records and call themselves DJ’s.
Yea so, you on Latch Key recordings your own label?
That’s what’s up. So I know that back in the day, you also used to grip the mike. So, are you spitting on the album?
No doubt. What I want to know is what was on that tape you gave him that made him bug out like that?
O.K have you ever released that joint? Or let people hear the beat?
DOMINGO:Only a few.
Ahh I think you need to let people hear it.
DOMINGO: Nah people aint gone hear that homey (laughing). Aint nobody gone hear that one there.
True that. Anything you got planned other than the videos to promote the albums? Like shows set up with some of the artists or anything?
Ok. No doubt. Is there anything you want to say to round things up?
That’s what’s up. And the distribution, where is it gone be at, so they can pick up the album?
DOMINGO: Oh you can download in on March 13th at Latchkey.com or LatchKeyRecords.com. And it’s hopefully be in the stores nationwide if no one drops the ball up there.
Aight just as long 50 don’t call and stop the records.
Word up. No doubt. Appreciate the time man.
*Transcribed by April Hennington