(AllHipHop News) When Wiz Khalifa released Kush and Orange Juice for free online on April 14, 2010, Wiz called on Taylor Gang producer Cardo to produce several eventual fan favorites including the hit songs, “In the Cut” and “Mesmerized,”
Now, nearly two years later, Cardo’s success with Kush and Orange Juice has catapulted him into a slew of projects, including work with Dom Kennedy, Big Sean, Curren$y, The Cool Kids, Mac Miller, Nipsey Hustle, Smoke DZA, and the A$AP Movement, to name a few.
More recently, Cardo’s songs with Wiz were featured on the Mac & Devin Go to High School Soundtrack, getting placement on the tracks “World Class” and “That Good.”
“I’ve just been creating new sh*t and trying to experience some new sounds and think outside the box, doing stuff thats not in my lane, some different sh*t,” the Taylor Gang producer told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive interview. “I have work coming out with the A$AP crew. Curren$y, of course, we working on the Stoned Immaculate album. Me and Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish are actually getting in the studio next week, and me, Nipsey Hussle and Burn One are getting in the studio next week out in LA, too.”
Cardo also let fans know he has several projects in the works with Mikey Rocks of The Cool Kids.
“Me and Mikey [Rocks] got two projects that we are working on,” an excited but busy Cardo explained. “We got the Premier Politics 2 thats coming out, and me and him and Chuck Inglish are doing a Jacuzzi series. Its gonna be something crazy, and we gonna have that done in a week or so, we gonna have it done in no time.”
The Taylored producer also had updates for Wiz fans who are eagerly anticipating his sophomore release titled, O.N.I.F.C., and preceding mixtape titled, Taylor Allderdice, an homage to Wiz’s high school in Pittsburgh.
“Me and Wiz got a lot of sh*t coming out. We just dropped the “California” track. Wait til you hear the other sh*t, we got like 10 or 11 tracks done, we working on everything. Chevy Woods project, Gangland, and the Wiz project, the mixtape and album, me and Sledgren are both on there. Wiz went a whole another direction with the last project [Rolling Papers], and of course it was like get that check. But people thought we weren’t a part of Taylor Gang and sh*t. We Taylor Gang for life; that’s family. We had to just wait our turn – not saying it wasn’t then, but Wiz wanted to do something different, so we respected that. People aren’t going to be disappointed by this album [O.N.I.F.C.]. I already heard some of the joints off there; that sh*t sounds crazy!”
With all the projects Cardo has coming out and in the works, the Minnesota raised and now Dallas-residing producer is thankful for all his success and gravitation towards his signature sound that utilizes the 808 cowbell drum.
Now operating on FL Studio, Cardo humbly remembers his early days and how he first started making beats from home.
“It keeps me humble, and it keeps me doing what I’m doing, I started making beats on MTV Music Generator on the PS1, me and my brother. That sh*t was just the start of everything of producing, ’cause we were rapping at first and we couldnt afford beats from our favorite producers, so it was like make beats or give up rapping all together so we got our dad to get this game for us and then we got a CD recorder and we hooked the auxiliary cords, the rest was history.”