Rockwilder, is one of the hottest producers in the Hip Hop Scene. He
has Produced such songs as Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious
Re-Mix", Jay-Z's "Do It Again", "Lady
Marmalade" featuring Mya, Missy, Pink, Christina, and Missy for
the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack, as well as several other hits.
February 27th, Rockwilder DJed/Performed with the ladies of
Moulin Rouge using 2 CDJ-1000 Digital Vinyl Turntables as well as the
In 1999, the name
Rockwilder became as familiar to hip-hop fans as a pair of Technic
1200 DJ turntables. When Method Man and Redman rhymed over "Da
Rockwilder", a song with a head-nodding hypnotic beat, it could
be named after nothing other than its creator. With one song, 29-year
old Dana Stinson, a/k/a Rockwilder, earned more prestige than most
producers do in their entire career. "Even though I had been
producing since 1990, that song put me in a different position
because it was named after me. I was no longer just a producer. I was
a producer/artist, on the same level as a Timbaland or a Swizz
Beats", says Rock.
After paying his
dues for over ten years with little recognition, Rock's well-crafted
form of art was finally paying off. Quickly rising to the status of
the most in-demand producer in hip-hop, Rockwilder took advantage of
the situation. He went on to produce hits for rap's most elite group
of artists, including Jay-Z for his hit single, "Do it
Again". "This was the introduction to his highly
anticipated fourth album, so I felt honored to have been the producer
he chose to work with", recalls Rock.
success of "Da Rockwilder" and " Do it Again"
helped Rockwilder's signature drum pattern and hardcore knock take
over the airwaves of the nation's hottest hip-hop stations. And the
producer's stock rose to bigger figures. "Artists that I
respected but really didn't know started calling to work with me. It
made me feel wanted and appreciated as a producer. Dr. Dre called me
to work on Xzibit's album. I did a track where I used some hydraulic
switches and he liked it", Rock says thankfully.
But while many
producers in hip-hop are criticized for charging artists too much for
their lack of creativity, it's Rockwilder's grass-roots approach to
making music that has enabled him to formulate great relationships
with the artists he works with. He agrees, " I can't just submit
a tape to an artist with a whole bunch of beats on it. I like to know
who the artist is so I could tailor the beats to the artist. For
example, they wanted a song for Rah Digga, and I gave them "Break
Fool" The beat fit her perfectly". Rockwilder's production
resume dates back to Redman's "Dare Iz A Darkside" album.
It was then that Rock developed his own style of making beats.
"Ever since I was little, I've always been a music lover. When
Red took me to California to work on a Def jam West Coast project way
back when, the experience of being out there for the first time, in
the studio and working on music really had an affect on my decision
to produce professionally".
Rockwilder has credits for the success of hip-hop hits as on the
albums Lil Kim's "Notorious Lil K.I.M.," Big Pun's "You
Came Up," and Redman's "I'll Be Dat" But like any
aspiring producer, he was also responsible for contributing his
talents and adding his two cents to other producer's tracks, as was
the case with the Erik Sermon's produced "Reservoir Dogs"
off of Jay-Z's multi- platinum in My Lifetime, Vol. 2.
hip-hop beats is Rockwilder's forte, his recent success had him in
the studio with Janet Jackson, working on her "All For You"
album. "Working with Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
really helped me to sharpen my production skills. They introduced me
to a side of producing that I had never seen", says Rock who now
has five songs on her multi-platinum album. Destiny's Child's
"Bootylicious Re-Mix" is also a hit with fans, which was
also produced by none other than Rockwilder. His production credits
also won recognition with the MTV award-winning "Lady
Marmalade" single featuring Mya, Missy, Pink, Lil Kim, and
Christina Aguilera. This single is also up for a Grammy this coming
February. He has also finished working with Missy Elliot and Redman's
fifth album, "Malpractice".
SPIN Magazine and
Remy Liqueur recognized Rockwilder's accomplishments this year by
throwing him a celebrity bash. While Rockwilder respects the fact
that he has earned his recognition as a hip-hop producer, he is
looking forward to working with artists outside the hip-hop genre.
"Legendary artists like Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder inspired
my career, and I hope to one day work on projects with them as well.
I don't want to limit myself to just hip-hop", says Rock. It's
that inspiration that has modified this producer to not just rock,
but rock wild...thus the name.