MEET 18-YEAR-OLD Steve Lacy, the producer who created the track Pride on Kendrick Lamar’s new album on his phone!
Last year, he was nominated for a Grammy for executive-producing and performing on the 2015 funk-R&B-soul album Ego Death, the third release from The Internet and Steve’s first with the band.
And his smartphone has been his personal studio since he first started making music back in grade school where he would make beats for his friends.
“I literally had no idea what I was doing,” he told Wired. “And from that, I got a Grammy nomination. So I’m like, okay, this is my life.”
Recalling meeting Kendrick, he told the publication his friend DJ Dahi “brought me in to see Kendrick just to make some beats with him.”
“The song I did for him came from this acoustic session that was recorded on my iPhone,” he told Fader. “I showed Anna Wise how to record her vocals and she recorded this whole idea over these acoustic guitar chords I came up with, a small little drum loop that I made and then I took her vocal stems and made a beat over it. This was the track where he [Lamar] was like ‘Yo, put your number in my phone I need this.’”
He didn’t hear anything from Kendrick for a long time after that, so reached out to him.
Kendrick said he’d been busy wrapping up his new album, and sent Lacy the tracklist. “Lol,” Lamar wrote, “’Wasn’t There (now called Pride),’” Steve’s track, “Is Track 4.”
“It’s still hitting me I still haven’t fully gripped what I just did but yeah it’s crazy to think I was in a classroom just 6 months ago,” he said.