Toronto native TheLabCook (aka Grant Dickinson) is an already-decorated producer that simply can’t be overlooked. Signed to Rich The Kid’s ‘Rich Forever’ label, the 20-year-old has been building an impressive catalog of credits with a number of notable artists including Famous Dex, Jay Critch, Belly, Migos & Jaden Smith who appeared on the Rich Forever 2 tape in July of 2016. With most of his recent work being with Rich Forever labelmates including Rich The Kid’s brand new single Plug Walk, it was only right we got him for a featured Q&A on the platform. Be sure to read our latest interview with TheLabCook below and check out his recent work on Gucci Mane’s Solitaire featuring Migos & Lil Yachty here!
J: First, could you give our readers a quick introduction of yourself & where you’re currently based out of?
LC: I go by thelabcook or just labcook I’m 20 years old from Burlington Ontario.
J: When did you first decide to start producing beats and who/ what inspired you to do so?
LC: I started making beats in my last year of high school. I don’t know, One day I was just fascinated by the idea of beat making I had so many questions like who made them and how. Iv always listened to rap even as a kid I listened to guys like DMX and Wayne. I always wanted to do something that involves creating I used to be super into art and drawing but my talents eventually turned to music. I have a very musical family and background.
J: Can you briefly go into detail on your beat-making process? What’s the longest you’ve ever worked on a beat?
LC: A lot of the times I’ll start with the drums and work my way around that. A lot of times I like to use a faster tempo. I think because I have a lot of energy like I have ADHD or something. Probably 2-3 hours is the longest I’ve ever worked on one. I’m a perfectionist I cant just fly through a beat everything has to be perfect to me.
J: Is there a beat or production credit you’re most proud of?
LC: Definitely Rich and Migos because I used to listen to him and Migos back in the day like crazy. Never would have thought I would be working with them one day. Rich actually facetimed me yesterday and said I have a song with Future coming so definitely that too.
J. Being signed to Rich The Kid’s label is obviously a major accomplishment as well, how did you first come into contact with Rich and what is that relationship like?
LC: I was working a little bit with Dex first and it was around the time he linked up with Rich and He had hopped on a song I originally had with Dex called Hell Yeah. I felt that just gave me a bit of leverage to contact rich so I had DMed him something like “Yo I produced that song Hell Yeah Send your email I got more heat for you” Then like 20 mins later he sent me his email and we just started working more and more. Its pretty chill we talk quite often and communicate about shit.
J: If you could collaborate with any artist or producer, who would they be?
LC: I think Tm88 would be dope or southside. I remember hearing there beats when I first started out and I hadn’t heard anything like it in my life it was so inspiring. Murda too for sure he would be a dope collab being from around the same place.
J: Lastly, what can we expect from TheLabCook in 2018 and beyond?
LC: Lots of new songs with crazy artists. Already got some crazy shit lined up that you guys will see soon enough. Oh and I’m making a Producer album that’s gonna be so fire. Rich is executive producing it. Be on the lookout 100%!
Thanks for reading our Q&A with TheLabCook! Be sure to keep tabs on the 20-year-old as his stock continues to grow and check him out on all social media platforms below: