When it comes to music, we know a hit when we hear it. There are certain jams that just make us excited, and the minute it hits the airwaves it’s kind of magic. You guys respond with great feedback, and there’s likely a large dance party happening behind the scenes as we are introduced to new tracks.

McCabe, your awesome night DJ, is a clear fan of good music, so when he had a chance to sit down with producer Ricky Reed from Wallpaper, you could feel the excitement in the air.

What you may not know yet, is that Ricky Reed is a producer behind two big radio hits right now, Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty’ and Far East Movement’s ‘The Illest.’

First, he told us about how ‘Talk Dirty’ came about.

 “The record label came to me and they had some ideas for a song. They originally said it was for Missy Elliot, and I was like aw yeah, I love Missy, I will try this thing. A month later they’re like, ‘Jason sang the song.’ Another month later ‘It’s going to be a single.’ Two months later ‘It’s GOLD in Australia and U.K.’ It just came here [to the U.S] like two weeks ago. It’s flyin! So me and J have done some other songs since then. I met two chains in NY a few months ago, which was really cool for me. I’m a big fan of him, he’s also on the song.”

And of course, we wanted to know more about him working with some of our favorite people, the guys of Far East Movement.

“With Far East Movement, we did a song on their last record called ‘Turn Up the Love’ which was a big international song. And they came in the studio, and working with them was amazing because they would come in and say ‘This is kind of what we’re looking for,’ but then they would just let us, the producers, do our thing. They would just hang, kind of like, sit around, talk to us, check emails, and every now and then say ‘try this, try that.’ It was a really great collaborative process. And then when they told me Riff Raff was on it I was like HELL YEAH!”

Follow Wallpaper on Twitter, and pick up his latest record “Ricky Reed is Real” available now on iTunes.

Watch ‘The Illest’ music video here.


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