Major Key Alert
Being on the number one album in the country, "Major Key" by Dj Khaled, his beat on the "Nas Album Done" track not only officially introduced him to the world, but also answered a question everyone has been wanting to know about one of the genre's legends.
Getting keys is not something that happens on a daily basis. Whether it’s getting keys to a vehicle, house, or office, it normally comes after you’ve shown yourself to be “smart, loyal, and grateful.” Rayshon Cobbs, Jr, better known to the world now as, “808_Ray” has shown himself to be all these things and more.
When asked what advice he’d give to up and coming producers looking for their break he said,“First and foremost, keep God First! If it wasn’t for Him none of this would’ve been possible. Pray and speak your goals in to existence. 808-Ray
“It’s been surreal, I try not to listen to it too much so I don’t overplay it.” Says 808 during our interview on the TommyP in the Morning Show on focused Radio. I chimed in with an “Ooh la-la-la” referencing the sample of Lauryn Hill he used on the track for Nas. Yeah that’s right, this guy did a song for the Great, Nasir Jones. Using a sample from Lauryn Hill’s voice on the classic Fug ee-Lah. Nas and Hill collaborated years ago on one of his biggest records, “If I ruled The World.”
Everybody knows Lauryn doesn’t let her samples go on just anything. Especially the melody to one of the biggest records of her career. “I didn’t know about the process of getting the sample cleared. They handled all of that”, 808 speaking of how the song came to be. “I just got the call that it had been done.”
It was his will and determination that got him noticed. “I lost a beat battle I went to and said to myself that could never happen again. I used the money I had got from working and caught the bus on my way to Philly. I was fortunate to have a [lifetime] mentor, Wayne “Range da Messenga” Hancock, take me under his wing. He really put a lot of time into me he didn't have to.
When asked what advice he’d give to up and coming producers looking for their break he said,“First and foremost, keep God First! If it wasn’t for Him none of this would’ve been possible. Pray and speak your goals in to existence. Secondly, share. Not give yourself away, but let people know what you do and work on our craft daily. Last but not least, travel. You got to get your name out there. The Internet is cool, but you got to actually get out there and sit with people.”
Major Keys from this young brother who is staying humble and riding his moment.