Toronto’s Pitt Tha Kid talks working with 2 Chainz, Jaden Smith & more
The Canadian hip-hop industry has given way to countless talented artists who have carved out a lane for themselves in what has become such a saturated market. Artists like, Killy, Blacka Da Don, Haviah Mighty, Patrik, Nate Husser, Naya Ali and the list goes on.
However, even with the incredible growth seen here in Canada, it still feels as if some of the hip-hop producers responsible for the different sounds that have pushed the culture forward aren’t getting enough credit. Canadian producers like Murda Beatz and Boi-1da are now known around the world, and several other producers have what it takes to make the same type of impact; deserving of more praise and recognition, at the very least.
“I feel like I’ve been the underdog my whole career and even though a lot of people did believe in me at the beginning, I still hold onto that feeling of being an underdog and having a lot to prove.” – Pitt Tha Kid
Pitt Tha Kid has been on the rise, and has quietly become one of the most sought after Canadian producers working on both sides of the border.
He’s produced records for artists like Jaden Smith, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Lloyd Banks, NAV, 24hrs, and also collaborated with Atlanta producer Mike WiLL Made-It. Pitt is now one of the few indie producers from the city of Toronto to break into both the Canadian and American music industry on his own terms, while seeing very little recognition from the Canadian hip-hop community along the way.
I recently caught up with the rising producer and had an opportunity to sit down with him to speak about his come up, his love of music, and everything in between.
Q&A: Pitt Tha Kid
HipHopCanada: How did you get into music?
Pitt Tha Kid: When I started was in high school, I was kind of a failed rapper. I tried to rap for about a year when I was in Grade 11. I started putting my raps out there, people were messing with it but I didn’t have any beats so I started cooking up on FL Studio, and throughout high school I started getting good at it. People would hear my songs, then would ask who made my beats. People started getting interested from there, so I started uploading on YouTube. My first upload went crazy and gained 23K views in the first week.
HipHopCanada: How did you go from producing for yourself to working with buzzing artists around your community?
PTK: I think it kind of happened organically man, I just started posting my songs. Around the time I was in university I’d make videos as well as do shows, and I was also DJing at clubs where I had the ability to spin my songs. People really started to react more towards the beat than the song itself. So around that time, I started to be known more for my production abilities and shortly after people started reaching out to me.
HipHopCanada: Who was the very first major artist to reach out to you and really take notice of your talent?
PTK: I guess the first one was Lloyd Banks, which was crazy because I grew up listening to him. PLK, Top 5 MCs, that was my guy. One of my boys at the time told me he had a connection to him but I didn’t really take it seriously. But he asked me for beats anyways, then a week later the engineer hit me up to say that they “had one.” The next day the mixtape was released and my name was mentioned in the credits of one of the songs. I must’ve played it back at least fifty times.
HipHopCanada: What was the experience like going from zero to a hundred so quickly?
PTK: Man, it’s surreal, everyone around you starts recognizing you, people who didn’t know you starts reaching out, it was the first thing that made me think that I could do this for a living.
HipHopCanada: Talk to me about the Jaden Smith collaboration. How did that come about?
PTK: The Jaden collab was a blessing. The one thing earlier on I wanted to focus on was the States, as much as I love Toronto, I’m working to pay homage to the city I’m from, so the US was the main focus. I wanted to blow up there and land big placements first. I linked up with this producer named Dinuzzo, shout out to him. I was sending him samples. One day he hit me up to ask about a specific loop of mine that I had sent over. He said they Jaden’s team might be interested but nothing was for sure, so I put it out of my mind. Three weeks later I got a DM saying congratulations. I was confused as to what they were talking about, so I went on Spotify and saw they had put out a song and credited me with production.
HipHopCanada: What was your first plaque?
PTK: My first plaque was for Creed 2 Top Soundtracks [from] Billboard and I’m not satisfied yet. I’m trying to stack up more, that’s the goal.
HipHopCanada: Talk to me about the ScHoolboy Q record. Jaden is one thing but to get on a record with a member of the TDE camp is crazy, especially since it is also featuring 2 Chainz.
PTK: I grew up listening to southern rap, artists like 2 Chainz, Uzi were some artists that I grew up listening to. I was working with this producer Brackz. It was a situation where I had an idea, I ended up getting hit up about them picking it up.
HipHopCanada: Who were your influences coming up and who influenced you creatively?
PTK: OVO 40, Boi-1da, Diplo, Major Lazer and Ape Drums, you know producers on top of their craft.
HipHopCanada: What was the best piece of advice you got once everything started taking off?
PTK: I think just staying positive. Someone told me earlier on that you’re never as good as they say you are and you’re never as bad as they say you are. It’s all about staying balanced and humble, but also knowing your worth.
HipHopCanada: What was the feeling like to be able to produce for A Boogie and the Creed 2 soundtrack?
PTK: It was amazing and to clear things up, the A Boogie record was through the producers I signed, they did that record, I was just management. We just went platinum on Best Kept Secret and as far as the sound track goes it was amazing. My dad always used to ask me how I get my beats in movies and on television. I never really had the answer til I got that placement with Mike WiLL Made-It. I was notified about the placement on a flight back to Toronto from LA; seeing my name next to the credits was crazy.
HipHopCanada: What advice would you give to HipHopCanada readers?
PTK: Just to be consistent and stay humble. Every opportunity that can possibly be grabbed, are you taking advantage of it? Are you hitting everyone up? Are you hitting up every A&R? And another piece of advice is when you’re coming up and trying to work with someone established, always stay persistent, always follow up, never get down on yourself and always keep going.
HipHopCanada: My last question for you is what can the hip-hop community here in Canada expect from you in the future?
PTK: The best, I’m going for nothing less than greatness. I feel like I’ve been the underdog my whole career and even though a lot of people did believe in me at the beginning, I still hold onto that feeling of being an underdog and having a lot to prove. But yeah, just expect the unexpected. I want to shout out Nailah Blackman and the whole camp, we working. Best Kept Secret and the BKS family, and shout out to my main brothers in the producing world: Smkeclsv, Goose The Guru, Edsclusive, Enoch the Producer, Scum Beats, Felix, PapiYerr, Trouble, and my bro Forty, we’ve got some major things coming. Stay tuned. And RIP to my brother prodbyofficial.
You can follow @PittThaKid on Instagram.
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