#FreshFindsFriday Meet Kev Rodgers, the Co-Producer Behind Jaden Smith’s “Icon”

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Meet 24-year-old producer/artist Kev Rodgers. The South Jersey native has been making waves sonically for a minute now. His 2017 effort, B.A.D. Things, was solid from its launch to landing with diverse skits and bouncy bangers setting the tempo for the project as whole. His catalogue brags of credits with Mir Fontane, Ish Williams, and most recently Jaden Smith with Kev co-producing the SYRE debut single “Icon.” The record picked up major steam as the project’s standout, and most recently got a spoof reenactment from Will Smith himself!

The year 2018 is slated to be a big year for Kev, who has already released lots of new material, collaborating with Chuck$oDope and his 2-day old “WYN” with Ish Williams. With all that Kev is doing it was only right that we checked in to see what he’s up to! Peep our exclusive interview below.

 

You’ve been very busy as of late. How did the Jaden Smith “Icon” record come about?

It came about last October. Mel Lewis brung me into the situation. We all worked on it, and I found out it made the cut for the album in July.

What’s next for you on a producer tip?
Big collaboration in the works now and hopefully a lot more.

Are there any producers you’d like to collab with?
Honestly [I] haven’t thought about it to much. I know Jahlil Beats was on the top of my list since I was 17, but I was blessed to accomplish that already. So I would say Maawly Raw, Key Wayne, Hit-Boy, Kanye.

In 2018 what can fans expect— more artist Kev or more producer Kev? And how do you balance the two?
Hopefully a bigger year than last. Expect some fun projects that I’m apart of. Also expect more Mister Rodgers events coming. Definitely going to expand the brand this year and challenge the culture to produce more rare ones.

What’s the life mantra you live by?
Love yourself. Trust yourself, and dare to be rare. I feel as though it is the only way to make your impact for not only this game but life.

What songs are you bumping through your aux chord right now?
Honestly I’m still bumping Kanye’s College Dropout (laughs). Also I’m playing earlier 2000’s songs mixed with MJ, and if I’m vibing to music to get inspired I’m putting on Fred Hammond gospel or classic R&B to be honest.

What’s one interview question you’ve never been asked but you wish you were asked?
Interesting! I guess I never got asked what my favorite food was (laugh). I would say soul food–baked mac and cheese is the number one for me.

 

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