Hip-hop producer makes beats on iPhone, gets Grammy nomination and feature on Kendrick Lamar's new record

It may appear strange, but if you really know what you're doing, you can make money, music, or both at the same time out of literally anything. Some people literally sell air. Others bang out beats on their cracked screen iPhone and do it well enough to get a Grammy nomination, a spot on Kendrick Lamar's new record, 'DAMN.' 

We're talking about hip-hop producer Steve Lacey, who literally uses an iPhone to come up with triple-A material. He made complete songs and beats for Lamar and his own Grammy-nominated R&B band with an iPhone, the Garage Band app, some recording gear and musical instruments. The smartphone lets him record ideas and make music anywhere he likes, using it as a portable recorder and digging for inspiration in GarageBand's library of drums and other musical sounds.

It's absolutely magnificent how technology has evolved to let a musical mind just grab their phone and get to work, immersed in the moment's inspiration. And when the work is finished, use the same device to present it to the artist who will give them their big break. Lacy went to the studio with Kendrick Lamar, played him some beats and ideas on the iPhone, and well, the beat on track number 7 from 'DAMN.' – 'Pride' – is all his!

There was one hurdle Lacey had to deal with, though. And you'll never guess what it was, can you? It's the iPhone 7's absent headphone jack! Because of it, Steve couldn't hear what he was playing into the device until he got a recording interface with a headphone jack.

Check out the rest of the story with all the details on Wired, it's a fascinating read!


source: Wired



1. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's fantastic. Glad he made a successful career using a phone as a jumping off point. I do have a question though... Does Android have a Garage Band equivalent?

2. yoskolo

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 20, 2016

I know Galaxies have Soundcamp, not sure about the rest of Android though

6. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Is FL Studio Mobile on Android? If so, then there's your answer.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes FL Studio Mobile is available in Android. Audio apps needs low latency which is where Apple limiting on mult-task on apps do helps. Mult-tasking kernel of Android are not great for Audio application. This has been recently overcome with high processing capabilities of recent SOC. If music is my primary focus i would stick with an iPhone /iPad.

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

FL studio is no match for garage band. Even on desktops, it's just an entry DAW for making beats, Logic, Cubase, GB are apps for making music. And FL on mobile is trash anyway Soundcamp is nice attempt but isn't anywhere near the polish of GB

13. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Exceptional Law of Relativity: Trash makes trash trashier!

16. billylegoat

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 17, 2017

Audio Evolution Mobile is the best DAW on Android .

19. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Same with DJing. The iPhone is quite good in this regard compared to Android

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

If I'm not mistaken, Rihanna's song "umbrella" was also made by garage band and it was a big hit at the time. Such a great song.

12. Unordinary unregistered

My girlfriend and I still bump that s**t with the top down

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

DAMN is a dope album!!

7. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016


5. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

He couldn't hear what he recorded because his phone didn't have a head phone jack. My question is, why would he hamper himself using a device that's not meant for his type of work.

8. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Because clearly he thought outside of the box and made it work for him.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"My question is, why would he hamper himself using a device that's not meant for his type of work." My wonder as well.

11. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

Maybe he could only use what was available to him at the time and now that he has a hit he can expand

14. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

To show the phones capabilities. Btw, look where its gotten him. Guess he was right afterall

18. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Because Apple probably paid him a lot to say it. Simple marketing

15. dmomintz

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Imagine what this guy could have done with actual equipment...Lol

20. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

I use Music Maker JAM https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magix.android.mmjam What i don't like about if is that you can't modify/enhance voice recording

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.