Producer Seige Monstracity
Hot new Hip-Hop producer, Marcus White better known as “Seige Monstracity,” has emerged to the music scene. Growing up on the West side of Detroit, Seige was raised by his single mother and older sister. As a child, Seige was a fan of Hip-Hop music listening to artists such as LL Cool J, KRS One and Black Moon. With a grandfather who played saxophone with Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane, a father who played the drums and two aunts who toured the world singing gospel, Seige was destined to follow in his family’s footsteps, which is evident as to why he embarked on the journey to become a rapper.
In the midst of recording his first rap album, Seige was introduced to producing and began to produce his own records. He later decided to put rapping on hold and focus totally on the production side of music looking up to producers such as Erick Sermon and Rocwilder.
In 2005, Seige transitioned from Detroit to Los Angeles with a mindset of taking over the music industry. In spite of his determination to win and get on, Seige fell on hard times while in Los Angeles and hit rock bottom. After being homeless for a month, Seige landed a job as a sales associate at Guitar Center. Seige produced beats during lunch breaks while at work hoping for means of income. Not knowing God had a greater plan, he made great impressions with singer, actor and New York Times Best-selling author, Tyrese Gibson. While Tyrese was in Guitar Center, Seige’s co-worker pressed play on an unfinished track that Seige created. Tyrese heard the track, immediately contacted Seige and the rest is history.
Seige has been a part of Tyrese’s team and has been working under his wing for 8 years now. Seige was originally one of Tyrese’s producers called “The Frontline Boyz” coming up in the ranks with the likes of songwriter James Fauntleroy, 1500 or nothing, HIT BOY and many others. Working with Tyrese has played a major part in Seige’s professional production career taking him from a 500 dollar beat guy to a 5 figure beat maker. “The people he put me around granted me access to so many opportunities. He plays a serious role in my life and in everything I do,” said Seige of Tyrese.
Since the magical door opened in 2005, Seige has worked with Dr. Dre , Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Too Short, Kurupt, Marsha Ambrosius, and Busta Rhymes, just to name a few. This is only the beginning for the Monstracity. He is currently working with Voltron Recordz recording artist Kristal, David Banner, as well as production on the upcoming movie Fast and The Furious 7. Any and everything that comes his way he’s ready. “More music, more me, more Seige Monstracity.”
“Seige is the future of hip hop producers, period. I believe his breakthrough is right now; it’s the season of SEIGE MONSTRACITY.”
Tyrese Gibson, CEO of Voltron Recordz
Q: Where did the name Seige Monstracity come from?
A: I started out as a MC and I came up with the name Seige in the classroom. So I moved to LA and was playing music. I had a guy…at the time I was working with Tyrese. We were in the studio and I was playing music and he would just yell out, “That’s a monstracity! That’s a monstracity!” So after a while people in the studio started calling me Seige Monstracity. Yo, Seige Monstracity…that’s yo name. It stuck at that point.
Q: I read that you recently moved from Detroit to L.A. What made you make that move?
A: Me and my friend, say about 2004, we were talking about leaving Detroit to pursue the music. He end up leaving first because I didn’t want to leave Detroit, I had family out there…that’s all I knew. He went out there and he was like, “Yo Seige you gotta come out here, we’re doing some stuff on TV.” So I end up going out there on a vacation first. So I said let me just test the water to see what it’s like. I got out there in March of 2005 to be exact. Within that time, I say within two weeks of being out there I ran into somebody at Virgin Records. So I went home I said that if I ran into somebody at Virgin Records within two weeks of being out there, imagine if I’m actually out there. So I say July 15 is when I actually decided to leave and go to California.
Q: I heard you fell into hard times while you were there. What did you do to keep yourself motivated? What did you do to get through that?
A: I guess it was just the determination. I wanted to make it. Even prior to leaving Detroit I had family like, “Hey don’t do it. Don’t make that move…it’s different.” None of my family really left the city. And I think one of my cousins who actually did leave Detroit ended up coming back home within a month. So I told myself…I had a grandfather who dropped out of school, stopped doing music. I had a father who dropped out of school, stopped doing music; I didn’t want to follow in their footsteps. So once I left I was determined to live out my dreams because of what I had to go through. And listening to Kanye West’s “Late Registration” album to tell you the truth. That whole time of fear and everything I was dealing with at that time. Me not wanting to follow in their footsteps of my grandfather and my father and me just being passionate and loving my dreams.
Tyrese Question: Tell them about the three people that you had a goal of working with after you moved to L.A.
A: Oh, the goal was Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Sean Puffy Cones, and I’ve worked with everybody except Sean Puffy Cone…so far.
Tyrese: Unfortunately he didn’t wanna work with me <laughs>.
A: That turned out to be a good move though.
Q: Being a writer and producer in the industry, how do you stay competitive and fresh knowing that there are a lot of other producers bidding to work with all these artists?
A: Like I said, I started off as a rapper first. So I’ve always had a competitive vibe. I think with dealing with Tyrese for instance, he knows how to put the right producers and the right artists in the same room or the same situation. And low key he will set up a situation where we compete, but it’s a healthy competition. And I love listening to the other producers and getting inspired. But at the same time, I strive to make sure, like if one of our other producers can do this, I’m gonna make sure I keep that. I’ll say I love that but I gotta cop that. A lot of producers around us we all do the same thing, we vibe off of each other.
Tyrese: I would not orchestrate a call like this if I didn’t feel like it was important to do so. I literally look at Seige as one of the hip hop producers of the future, hip hop producing, R&B as well. His sweet spot is full on hip hop and it’s the most insane shit I have ever heard in my life. It’s so ridiculous. It’s like he has no ceiling when it comes to the type and the different styles of hip hop that he creates.
Q: I look at your style and it’s full of so much positivity. How will you break out and set yourself apart from others?
A: On a positive and spiritual side, that just us…how we chose to interact with those that follow us on our page. But as far as our music… any of the top producers, or any of the top writers, or any of the top singers…we don’t focus on just making positive music…we just do music. Rather it be hip hop, rather it be R&B, or country. The song we just did where the topic wasn’t negative at all, but we’re not coming in talking about we got Jesus on our side. We believe that and we walk in with our head high knowing that Jesus got us, but that’s our belief. We just do music.
Q: What is it that’s going to make your music relevant? What is it about your style?
A: I listen to a lot of music that has been out for a while. I don’t focus on a sound…I call it a today sound. It’s a sound that’s here today, gone tomorrow. Everybody said there’s like this 10 year curse for people in the music industry. So like after 10 years of working hard, going through the ups and down, the trials and tribulations of trying to get into the game, to finally get a breakthrough… So I feel like all the producers I listen to…Kanye West, Timberland, Neptunes, and we can even take it back to one of my favorite hip hop producers of all time Ed, Sullivan—all these producers have longevity. They’ve all been in the industry for 15+ years and some of them are still going. So I feel like coming from that sound, or being inspired by a sound that’s still going on today. I’m thinking further than today—getting a hit for today. I focus on what music will sound like 5 years from now, 10 years from now…music that may not catch on right away. Like when I listened to that Dr. Dre album in 2001, I liked it a little bit when I first heard it but I didn’t appreciate 2001 till maybe a year and a half until after it had already released. So I think the same of my music. I see further than today. Taking my time with each drum style and with each instrument, to make sure it doesn’t have a sound that may rave today and be faded out tomorrow.
Q: What has been the hardest part of the journey that has led you up till now?
S: I think, um, the whole…I’m going to get a little personal and maybe I shouldn’t but the hardest challenges that I have to face is coming up I can be an individual, I can be myself. But now being a new producer, it’s, “Seige give me something that sounds like this, Seige make something that sounds like this” knowing that I want to be creative and creating something new…totally refreshing. I think that’s the hardest obstacle to overcome at times…you know just wanting to do something and I’m hearing, “Hey we need something like this.”
Tyrese: Seige is signed to me with a major publishing deal and that’s the motivation behind this call. They have a lot of great projects they are working on. Seige is working with Dr. Dre and just everybody. I look at him as a great artist and producer of the future. He is my priority and my focus. He is so special that it makes me a little uncomfortable that people don’t know about him.
Tyrese Q: You have done so much in your career—singer, songwriter, producer, fashion model, actor, author, and CEO of your very own record label—did you could ever think that you could accomplish so much at 34 years old?
Tyrese A: Yes, I did actually. My mother told me when I was really young that she felt like I would be blessed with many talents, many visions, many gifts, and ideas but she said it’s very important that I don’t overwhelm people and hit them with so many things at one time. So when I was young I was trying to figure out what my entry point was gonna be and it was about strategizing and how to use that energy and momentum from one thing to set up the next and figuring out the right time. These visions and ideas have always been there, it was just a matter of when the best time to make it happen.
Check out “Get Low” by Tyrese featuring Snoop Dogg, Too Short & Kurupt. Produced by Seige Monstracity.
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