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EXCLUSIVE: Sonaro – The Beatsmith Behind “Cuffin Season”


 Whose careers have you studied?

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.

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