DALLAS — His title is Julian Mason.
However most know him as Lil Ju. The 28-year-old rapper from Dallas makes beats heard all over the world on songs topping the charts like Megan Thee Stallion’s current file “Physique.”
“That is what I’ve been working for since I first picked up beats to get up to now to have the ability to be on the producer checklist, to be with one of many perennial artists of the brand new technology,” Mason stated. “I do know this sort of stuff doesn’t occur for individuals from Dallas. It feels good to know that I’m the producer from the town.”
A 2010 graduate of DeSoto Excessive College, the producer bought his first style of music within the band as a percussionist. Mason admitted that as a younger boy rising up, music was extra than simply an outlet – it was a lifestyle.
“I’ve all the time cherished music,” he stated. “I’m musically inclined. I eat, sleep and breathe music. I used to be in band in fifth, sixth and seventh grade. So, I performed the drums, the xylophone, the triangle, the cymbal – all the percussion devices.”
After graduating highschool, Mason took his abilities to Houston the place he furthered his schooling by attending the College of Houston, whereas nonetheless pursuing his targets of creating music. Quick ahead to 2017, Mason and Megan – now dubbed the Houston hottie – linked and started working collectively shortly after. Mason recalled Megan coming to his residence within the “hood” simply to create music.
“We had been actually in my kitchen desk in Houston,” he stated, reminiscing again to 3 years in the past.
Ever since he was a sophomore in highschool, Mason has crafted beats.
“I’m not going to say I used to be all the time interested by beats, however music is actually in me,” he stated. “Should you go to my Instagram web page, I’ve an image of me after I was like three and I used to activate my dad’s file participant and I might simply take heed to information to each track.”
Reflecting on the very second that modified his life, Mason famous it was a detailed pal who launched him to beat making.
“I say in 2008, I keep in mind it prefer it was yesterday, the “Carter III” leaked earlier than the album got here out,” he stated. “I keep in mind that I used to be at my pal’s home and he confirmed me the software program that I exploit to make beats on a pc. So, he confirmed me the software program that day and I informed him it was the best s—t I had ever seen in my whole life.”
Afterward, Mason went residence to obtain the software program for his personal use.
“From that day, I stated, ‘that is what I’m going to do with my life’,” he stated. “I’m going to get wealthy and well-known off this s—t. … Since then, I simply did all the things in my path to get up to now.”
And if the beat stay, you recognize Lil’ Ju made it
Mason’s work with Megan Thee Stallion catapulted his profession. Inside simply three weeks of its launch, “Physique” produced by Lil Ju, offered greater than 500,000 models in the USA, making it a gold file. However it’s not the primary time the duo’s work has put each Texas natives on the map. In line with ChartData, “Massive Ole’ Freak,” which debuted in 2018, went platinum—promoting 1 million units— on June 3, practically a 12 months after it went gold.
“All of her firsts are my firsts and vice versa,” he stated. “That was my first track on the charts and that was her first track on the charts. “Massive Ole’ Freak” was her first gold file and that was my first gold file.”
Megan, the mastermind behind Lil Ju’s tagline – ‘and if the beat stay, you recognize Lil Ju made it’ – serves as an intro to the songs he produces.
“As quickly as she stated it, I used to be like, ‘that is going to be viral,’” Mason stated. “I used to be Lil Ju, however I wasn’t Lil Ju but when she made that track. We had been nonetheless effervescent.”
The phrases originated from the monitor “Run It Up Freestyle” featured on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Fever” mixtape launched final 12 months.
“It was simply too good,” he stated of the one liner. “As soon as the mixtape got here out, I began placing it each track. I didn’t inform her to say it, she simply stated it on her personal.”
In an interview with TIDAL, Megan talked in regards to the musical tastes shared between her and Mason as a recipe for achievement.
“Us collectively, we make music that we need to take heed to,” she stated. “Just like the songs that we make collectively, we are able to take heed to again and again… I all the time must have one thing by Ju, as a result of the chemistry is simply loopy. We used to take a seat in the lounge and make beats.”
In simply three years, the bond solid with Megan has turn out to be tight. Greater than only a friendship primarily based on lyrics and beats, the 2 have been there for one another in robust occasions.
“I used to be there when her momma died,” Mason stated. “I used to be along with her within the hospital. She was crying in my arms. When her grandmother died, I used to be along with her within the hospital. She was crying in my arms. Once we bought the information that “Massive Ole’ Freak went gold, we had been at Lizzo’s mansion in L.A. She’s crying in my arms.”
Lil Ju will inform anybody that his rise to fame didn’t occur in a single day and that it got here with setbacks. The work he hoped to do with rapper Radric Davis, often known as Gucci Mane, was derailed when the Atlanta native pleaded responsible to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon again in 2014.
“I keep in mind speaking to Gucci Mane and all the things,” Mason stated. “He stated he needed to signal me after which that’s when he went to jail for these three years. That complete time I used to be like perhaps that’s my shot and I missed it. However, God had a distinct plan.”
And it was Mason’s pursuit of his targets that stored him going regardless of the change in plans.
“Between Gucci Mane and assembly Megan, nothing was actually occurring for me,” he stated. “What’s occurring for me proper now with Megan, I believed was going to occur again then in 2013 with Gucci. However, he actually went to jail in all probability two weeks after the mixtape got here out.”
On Dec. 5, Mason landed on Billboard’s Rap Producers and R&B/Hip-Hop Producers checklist as No. 1 for hits – “Physique” and “Do It on the High” – he produced for Megan Thee Stallion. Trying again, Mason insists he knew the day would come the place individuals would dance to his music – he simply didn’t know precisely when. So far as what’s subsequent, he hopes to work with a few of his favourite singers and rappers.
“I desire a Drake placement, I would like the Beyoncé placement, I would like the Taylor Swift [and] I would like the Rihanna,” he stated, including that he’s the primary Texas-born producer on the Billboard’s Rap Producers and R&B/Hip-Hop Producers checklist. “I need to be the one. I would like it to be ‘and if the beat stay, you recognize Lil Ju Made It” to be like ‘If Younger Metro don’t belief you, I’m gone shoot you’. I need to be like that and it’s nearly there.”
Previously couple of years, Mason, who now resides in Los Angeles, has acquired a number of plaques celebrating his achievements within the music business. So far, the producer has earned no less than 5 entries on Billboard’s Scorching 100 chart and he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime quickly.
“It’s actually stunning, as a result of I do know this isn’t even a as soon as in one million probability, this isn’t even a as soon as in a lifetime probability,” he stated. “Individuals can undergo their complete lives and by no means get this sort of probability. Generally, I simply be randomly driving within the automotive someplace and I’m considering and a tear rolls down my face, as a result of I’m like, ‘I actually did it. I actually did all the things I stated I used to be going to do’ and lots of people can’t say that.”