The Producer:: Rick Hughes

The Producer:: Rick Hughes

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"Rick Hughes is the front runner for the West to usher in a brave undefined future for Hip Hop."- B. Regular [superregular.com] -If Pete Rock,Shelia E,J Dilla,Cold Play,Large Professor, and Dj Premier combined forces and could birth ONE child, I think it would be me. ...RH

Biography

With excerpts [From] ARIZEMAG.com

Rick Hughes’ sound is undoubtedly Westcoast-the synths and handclaps are a dead giveaway. Still (in my opinion), he is more Pete Rock than Dre. Perhaps it’s his style of sampling. Either way, he’d disagree and tell you that he’s been equally influenced by both. Between his father (the other Rick Hughes) playing trumpet for Patrice Rushen and his addicition for crate digging, Rick’s affinity for music was well nurtured.

"I mean, the stuff everyone was listening to I got bored with…know what I’m sayin’? I was more into Portishead, and funk. Throw on some 80’s rock, that type of stuff. And the Beach Boys. Sh*t, I just flipped a Beach Boys song"-Rick Hughes

Back in highschool though, Rick wasn’t your typical backpacking b-boy you’d see at the lunchtime cyphers beating on tables. Missing all of the action, he’d walk right past the circle of cypherers to his car and speed home to his MPC2000. “I was more into beats than making serious moves back then because I was still developing… wasn’t good enough yet”. Even with his quiet, shy-guy swagger Rick’s production talents made enough noise to catch the ears of Stonesthrow emcee Oh-No who would collaborate on the Myspace featured track “And They Say”.

Before that though, Rick would be granted an opportunity to open and perform with R&B songstress Ciara, and later showcasing his skills for super producer himself Kanye West. Realizing that success in the industry is 50/50 talent and timing, Rick continued solidifying his craft so that he could prove he was blessed with the "it" factor.

Hughes' production credits include working with Slum Village and specifically Elzhi for the region-to-region anthem "In My City which was recently featured on legendary Dj Gabereal's Cali Co-Op Mixtape for the Rock The Bells tour. With collaborations in the works with indie and major artists from all parts of the states, Rick's goal of "simply putting out good music" is being executed...perfectly.

Discography

"In My City" f/Elzhi (Slum Village)

"Me and You" f/Jumz

"Show Must Go On" f/Kartoon (RuffRyders), Mark Taylor, William S and Focous

"And They Say" f/ OhNO (Stonesthrow)

"Shoe Addict" f/Boogie (Galaxc Kidz) & Slim

"Bad Guy" f/ Focous

"Get Guda" f/T-Mazz, Focous and K-Boy (Blu Division/HooBangin Music)

"We Major" (Get Dis Doe In)f/ Mykestro