Meet The 18-Year-Old Producer Behind Kendrick Lamar & J.Cole

You would assume that making a Grammy-nominated album requires recording studios, microphones, speakers and backup singers that cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Although that’s what plenty of artists are willing to spend on creating a perfect record, Steve Lacy, one of the producers behind Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, only needs his iPhone.

Oh, and he’s only 18 years old.

Yes, a teenager is the man behind the scenes making hit songs for some of today’s hottest hip hop and rap artists. Even though Lacy has access to recording studios and equipment that is worth more than my college tuition, he decided that an iPhone is all he needs to make awesome music.

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He uses an app called “GarageBand” (which is free to download from the app store, by the way) to create original songs. He simply records the drum beat, then the guitar and lastly his voice right on his phone. Then he kicks back in his seat and blends the different tracks together.

In addition to being a producer, he is in a band called “The Internet” that was formed in 2011, around the time Lacy was in middle school. In 2015, only four years later, the band’s third studio record was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. He also recently released a demo earlier this year, simply titled “Steve Lacy’s Demo,” with six songs of his solo work.

Pretty impressive, right?!

Most people would say that a person making music on their cell phone is for amateurs only, but Lacey is already a producer on one the most popular records to come out this year. You’ve probably already listened to Kendrick Lamar’s newest album, “DAMN.” Well, if you scroll down to the seventh song, “PRIDE,” you will hear some of Lacy’s work because he hand a big role in writing and producing the track.

Lacy still has a long, bright future ahead of him in the music industry, even though he admitted that he doesn’t have any plans for the future. Since he never planned on becoming rich and famous when he first started making music, he is going to continue to live life without a set plan or expectation in mind. After all, he’s got the talent and the connections to make it far in the business.

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And how can you blame him for not having life completely figured out? He’s only 18!



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