ALLHIPHOP: So whats your current situation with MCA, is it a label deal, production deal, artist deal?
HI-TEK: Its an artist deal, Hi-Tek as an artist. I just do whatever kinda album I wanna do. Thats what MCA is really about.
ALLHIPHOP: So are you gonna have the option of introducing new artists, bringing new artists out?
HI-TEK: Yeah, fo sho. With this whole album, thats usually how I do it, like the first Hi-Teknology I got a deal for Jonell off of just one song. You just gotta do somethin different, thats all it takes, it dont really take a whole demo. It takes the right producer and the right person to bring it in right. It takes a verse to get a record deal. For all the people tryin to make demos and get all these big packages and stuff together, I aint sayin stop doin that, but it really dont even take that much to get on.
ALLHIPHOP: Well youre already scouting for new talent through your talent search taking place here in the Nati on April 12th. Can you give us some details on the event?
HI-TEK: Its taking place April 12th at the Cincinnati Convention Center. And basically, I miss talent shows man. Back in the day there used to be a spot called The Regal, and every Friday there used to be a show. We used to breakdance and sh*t. It used to be just like The Apollo. And I just wanted to see what Cincinnati really got. Because I get tired of people comin up to me givin me demos, wack demos, but can you perform, can you do a song? Thats what its about, when you get in the studio with Hi-Tek Ima put you to work, and then you gonna be runnin away from me, like I thought it was easier than this. So that was really my purpose, make some money, have fun, and see whats really goin on with this region.
ALLHIPHOP: So do you plan to make this a regular event?
HI-TEK: Yeah, Ima do it quarterly.
ALLHIPHOP: Just in the Nati or throughout the Midwest?
HI-TEK: I might spread it out. I might do one in Louisville or Chicago, or somewhere like that.
ALLHIPHOP: I know you rescheduled the show, which was originally supposed to take place on March 1st, due to the shootings of two kids that week. I mean obviously I understand the motivation behind that, but
HI-TEK: That was part of the reason. Im starting my own foundation, like a Stop the Violence foundation. Theres just been a lot of nonsense goin on in the Nati. Aint nobody makin no money, aint no rappers, aint no R&B. Truthfully, when I had those auditions for the talent search, it was mostly the out-of-towners that were better than my hometown people, and that kinda hurt me. It just let me know, my hometown we gotta step it up. Help Hi-Tek out, stop reachin, lookin for Hi-Tek to help you out. But its all love. Louisville, Columbus, Indianapolis, they came through organized, and they sh*t was dope, they had they sh*t together. I liked a lot of the R&B acts from Cincinnati.
ALLHIPHOP: What about Jonells album for Def Soul? I still cant believe a Nati dude had a #1 single, with that Round and Round joint.
HI-TEK: Just tryin to hit em with somethin different. I love music, and I think God just works in mysterious ways. Like, she came out of nowhere, I knew her from awhile back, but I seen her in a club, and she was like, I got some new stuff. And I just so-happened to have a beat to go exactly with the same verse she sung to me. So it was a work of art.
ALLHIPHOP: And you said that was an adjustment, tryin to switch over to R&B from hip-hop?
HI-TEK: Yeah, I learned a lot, just workin with different R&B writers, people who play real music. Cause I dont really play, I just play by ear, so I pick at it till I come up with somethin. I enjoy workin with people who can really play, and be funky with it at the same time. And then, I aint know nothin about b sections. I know about a chorus and a bridge, but you know you got b sections, you got the vamp, and the end of the song. I just learned a lot about that, expanding my musical capabilities.
ALLHIPHOP: Are there any other artists that youve laid down tracks for that we should keep an ear out for?
HI-TEK: I just did some stuff for Jon B. I dont know if youre familiar with Jon B.
ALLHIPHOP: Word. Hes still around?
HI-TEK: Yeah, hes still around, hes comin back. I worked with this cat, Joe Beast, hes on Aftermath, he got his album, Im doin some stuff for him.
ALLHIPHOP: So you lookin to become that Dre co-producer? He always gets one dude, thats like second in command.
HI-TEK: Oh yeah, fo sho.
ALLHIPHOP: And finally, this is just some Nati sh*t, but can you holla at ya boy Griffey Jr., and tell him to get off his a** so we can win a pennant?
HI-TEK: Yeah man, you gotta be a team player. I dont care how much money you got, you just gotta be a team player.