What do these names have in common?
Jay Fab is 1/4 of The Olympicks: a team of “Platinum Producers” based out of Michigan who have produced hit s for some of the biggest names in the industry. Jay Fab, along with fellow producers Knoxville, Flawless, and BP joined forces in 2008 to form the production team now known as The Olympicks. One year later, they signed a deal with Rick Ross’s Label MMG (Maybach Music Group) and these five guys have acquired quite an impressive track listing since. Not only have they produced songs for Big Sean, Yo Gotti, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, P.L., and many more, you’ve heard their work on Rick Ross’s Teflon Don album, as well as Lil’ Wayne’s I am Not A Human Being.
In tonight’s 16Dreams interview, Jay Fab talks about what life was like for him at 16, and what sparked his passion for music.
16Dreams: When did you turn 16?
Jay Fab: “I turned 16 in 1998.”
16Dreams: Where did you grow up?
Jay Fab: “I grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan. My parents, brothers, and sister are all from Chicago, so I would go there a lot to visit family, but mainly been in Ypsi my whole life.”
16Dreams: Describe your high school experience. Would you do it again?
Jay Fab: “My high school days were pretty fun and awesome now that look back and reflect on it LOL. I was into sports (football player). People that I run into from high school all would say that me and my friends were popular. At the time it didn’t seem that way when you’re just living through school. But I could go on for days about my high school experience. I was a smart when I wanted to be type of person LOL. I played football so I had to be eligible to play, but I would slack off just like anybody else. Me and my friends would bet money to see who would get the highest A percentage in the class and I would always win, go figure right LOL? But I would say I would do things a little different but for the most part I would do it again.”
16Dreams: What were you looking forward to the most about being 16?
Jay Fab: “Umm, at 16. . . I would say really music. It came into my life out of nowhere and became a big part of me. It’s crazy, almost like I was born to do it.”
16Dreams: What kind of music did you like to listen to? Has that changed?
Jay Fab: “OHH MAN!! LOL it seemed like I was the odd one out of the majority of my school. At that time everybody was listening to NO LIMIT and HOT BOYZ. I was listening to Busta Rhymes, Redman, Mobb Deep, Nas, J Dilla, Wu Tang, Keith Murray etc. So I was clearly the hip hop head along with some of my friends. And I would say yes, it has changed tremendously since then in many ways, from album sells to marketing, sound wise, just all around in general in good and bad ways.”
16Dreams: Who or what inspired you to pursue music?
Jay Fab: “My brother, he is the one who taught me and pushed me to expand my versatility thinking outside the box at a young age. He and his friends just jumped right into it and started buying equipment and learning it. I would just sit back 13 years old in amazement thinking how cool is this! LOL then one day he asked me did I wanna do a beat, and of course I jumped out of my socks to get in that chair and get started.”
16Dreams: When you were 16, did you ever think you would make it this far in the music industry?
Jay Fab: “In way, because we all dream of making it big in something. At the time I was just caught in the moment of high school and making music, having fun. So I can’t fully say yes. I just had dreams of making it this far.”
16Dreams: Have you ever applied a lesson you learned at 16 to a situation you encountered in your adult life?
Jay Fab: “Oh of course. From many people. A lot from my brother and some of his friends. I’ve learned to never depend on someone to do for me that I can’t do for myself, to have confidence and belief in me first more than anyone else will, trust it shows. And to prepare myself rejections that life may throw at me. And most important, never giving up on my dream and pursuing it.”
16Dreams: Have you ever faced negative criticism for your decision to pursue your passion? How did you respond?
Jay Fab: “Yes! Many times. People will always tell you to have a backup plan and to go to school, get a job etc. which is totally ok and I’m not knocking that at all. But what about the encouraging or helping that person to get one step closer to their dream? I used it as fuel, to go harder than ever before. Because at that moment, you realize that you’re on your own in a sense. I maintained that focus and strived with it.”
16Dreams: What advice would you give aspiring producers?
Jay Fab: “I would say everything I’ve said in the previous questions LOL and then some. But on a serious note, expect the best and prepare for the worst. That will only give you tough skin and make you stronger. Rejections will come, but that most certainly does not mean you for you to give up or quit. Trust me I’ve been there many times. And now that I reflect on those moments, and listen to the music that I used to make back then, I realize that I wasn’t ready. And I had much more to learn and ways to go. Everything is a lesson you just have to be prepared for it.”
After coming onto the scene in 2009 as in-house producers for MMG, The Olympicks have recently joined the ranks of the Young Money family. So if you’re an artist looking for a hot beat, or if you just have an ear for good music, I suggest you get familiar with their work. Whatever you do stayed tuned for what these talented guys have in store!
Check out their channel on YouTube: Olympicktv. There you can also find interviews and behind-the-scenes studio footage. Make sure you stay up on their latest projects by following their Official Twitter Page @The_Olympicks. You can also find Jay on Twitter @JayFab.
Oh. And I almost forgot “OOLLYYYMMMMPIIICCCKKKKKSSSSS!!!”