EXCLUSIVE: Sonaro – The Beatsmith Behind “Cuffin Season”
Sonaro: Timbaland, Kanye, Swizz, and a lot of Needlz. But ask around, man, people like to compare me to Timbaland. I put an Instagram picture out with Jay and Timbaland on the top and me and Fab on the bottom, and people accepted it. Even Timbaland liked it.
HHW: Who’s your biggest Inspiration?
Sonaro: Fab and Stack. When I hear Fab murder a beat… that gets me going.
HHW: Standout credentials?
Sonaro: Diddy, Meek Mill, Nipsey Hu$$le, French Montana, Jim Jones…
HHW: Who would you like to produce a record for, what’s a lifelong dream project?
Sonaro: On the R&B side, Kerry Hilson. On the Hip-Hop side, Jay and Kanye.
I got these old beat CDs of Kanye. I would love to just go into the studio with him and play them to see if he recognizes his old joints [laughs].
HHW: I would love to be a fly on that wall.
Sonaro: Haha, definitely.
HHW: How’d you get your name?
Sonaro: A mob movie called Bella Mafia. It’s about a young boy whose father passes away. People start to call him by his father’s name. He takes the image of his father and the lifestyle that he had.
HHW: Like you and your father?
Sonaro: My father is locked up. He’s been locked up since I was 12. So, instead of calling me by my name, they started calling me by his.
HHW: Is there a mantra you live by?
Sonaro: Nah… I just work like I was never given any kind of placement in the game.