We were fortunate enough to talk ish Rap Artist & Producer…Nick Paradise!!! Nick Paradise has been writing and producing music for quite some time now. He is 1/2 of the production team, Team Titans and has recently been credited for producing J.Cole’s single, “January 28th” from his latest album, “2014 Forest Hills Drive”. Lets get to know Nick Paradise…
3 Voices: Introduce yourself to the world. Let the people know who Nick Paradise is and what Nick Paradise does.
Nick Paradise: I go by the name of Nick Paradise. I’m originally from the Bronx, New York, right now I’m out in Yonkers, New York, home of DMX, Jadakiss and all those greats. I’m a musician, producer, artist, writer, lecture, visual artist…I can do it all but my main focus is writing and producing.
3 Voices: What inspired you to become an artist?
Nick Paradise: Besides it running in the family…my dad, he was an artist as well. He was a rapper back in his time. Before I was born, he was with the greats like Biggie and Nas. But he didn’t really fulfill his legacy because he had me and my older brother. He felt he couldn’t live his dreams…he felt like he needed to provide for us in other ways. So he didn’t take that path so I felt like I needed to fulfill my own legacy and I just love music…I genuinely love music. I been producing since I was 10 years old. I started writing at around 13 because at 12 my grandmother passed away and I didn’t know any other way to express myself other than writing because I felt no one understood me. It really [extend] from my emotional side [of] just wanting to be an artist…being able to express myself.
3 Voices: Who are some artists that have influenced your music career?
Nick Paradise: One of my all time favorites has to be Tupac, I was watching a few interviews he did earlier…the [thing] about Pac is he’s real, he just so real. But Tupac, Jay Z, Nas, Q-Tip…some of the later greats; Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, here and there, Drake, Common…you know the conscience rappers who actually has something to talk about and bring something to the table to make you think.
3 Voices: Tell us about your production team, Team Titans?
Nick Paradise: Team Titans consist of my brother and I. My brother goes by the name of Dre Charles. We were sitting in the room one day and we were just playing around with different names and the Knight was on…we were just playing and having fun. He said something and I said something, I was like “How about Team Titans?” and he was like “what made you think of that?” and I was like I don’t know. We just ran with that. It was like a strong name and definitely applies when him and I actually do a beat collaboratively. Like it’s a beat that I do than that’s just Nick Paradise Production and If it’s a beat that he does than its Dre Charles Production. That’s how that goes when it comes to Team Titans.
3 Voices: You worked with J.Cole on his latest album, “2014 Forest Hills Drive”. Tell us about the role you played?
Nick Paradise: Well that opportunity came about…it’s so crazy. I produced about 95% of Anthiny King’s latest mixtape, “Black Cassette” and that did pretty well on the internet. A lot of people love his music, love my production and I take that J.Cole and his camp, Dreamville heard either whether it was production or whatever they heard, they heard that project, they heard the material and J.Cole’s manager, Abraham he reached out to me because he couldn’t get through to Dre Charles…he couldn’t through to him, so he reached out to me. At first I couldn’t believe it, I was like “naw, this aint real”, but then I recalled Dre telling me that back in like…it had to be more than 4 years ago in Matrix Studios in the Bronx, they were all just kicking it in the studio, J.Cole, his manager, my brother when he use to engineer. They were just playing 2K, just lounging. So he told me that Abraham was his manager, so it rung a bell, this has to be his manager because he just laid out all the facts. Basically he reached out to me and was like “yo, your production is dope and there’s a certain sample that I want to use…that we want our hands” and it was this song called, “On the Westside” featuring Loaded Lux by Anthiny King. It’s a collaborative production for J.Cole’s song, “January 28th”. We didn’t have a sit down in the studio, but it [was] more of via email but at the same time it was just a collaborative production between J.Cole and I…I’m still honored. I didn’t actually get to meet him but at the same time, it was a dope experience…it made me cry. Not to sound like I’m this softy but I’m a sensitive dude at the same time I have a heart and just to feel like my dreams are coming true, I couldn’t believe it.
3 Voices: If given to work with any three artists in the world. Who would those three individuals be?
Nick Paradise: Well I have to say Kendrick Lamar off the top just because he’s one of the greatest inspirations to me. I don’t know the man personally but I just know that I want to meet him one day and I just want to have a sit down in the studio for hours and just play my beats and let him hear my records and [hear] his input on my craft. That would be a dream come true forreal. That would be another dream come true but besides Kendrick Lamar, I have to say R.Kelly. I know that’s random but I grew up on his music. I just grew up on his sound, his exotic waves and his production…how he did everything himself, which inspired me to do everything myself. I make my own beats, I make my own music. So I would say Kendrick Lamar, R.Kelly, and…I already did J.Cole but I would say Busta Rhymes because I grew up on him as well. I’m not too fond of all the new artists. I could have said a whole bunch of new artists but I’m not too fond of the new era.
3 Voices: What’s next for you? Are there any exclusives you can share with us?
Nick Paradise: It’s a lot more as far as myself goes. Like I said, I’m an artist as well. I have a EP coming out which will be called, “No Vacation”. But before that, I’ll have a mixtape called, “Straight Rap Stupid”, lol it sounds disrespectful but at the same time it’s a blunt mixtape where its straight rap, no melodics, no none of that. But even more important there’s some things in the works with a new record label, I won’t say the name of it; however, it’s a new upcoming record label and I’m looking forward to some movie placements as far as production goes. Some song writing for possibly Trey Songz and a few other artists so like I said there’s a lot in store for 2015 and I’m really looking forward to it. God willing, some opportunities with Ryan Leslie, I was recently in touch with me. There’s a lot of things in store for this upcoming year.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to you on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.?
Nick Paradise: Okay most social media, everything is Nick Paradise. Facebook is Nick Paradise. Twitter is @iamnickparadise and Instagram is @NickParadise. Once it pops up, I’m the only name with the palm tree in it so that should give it away obviously.
And there you have it! You heard it all from Nick Paradise! Be sure to follow him on all social media sites and be on the lookout for his upcoming projects. Much success to you Nick Paradise and keep in touch.
Here’s Nick Paradise “Sexample” featuring Anthiny King: