Originally posted at VIBE.com.
Even if you haven’t heard of producer Caviar, the Compton-native possesses enough talent to make you never second-guess his music. Mentored and reared by the late great Easy E as well as DJ Train, Cavie’s West Coast connections remain strong, but he’s no stranger to all coasts. The Compton-native has provided beats for a number of rappers outside Cali, including DMX, T.I., Goodie Mob and Cee-Lo Green amongst others.
Cavie, who was once signed to Blackground records, produced Aaliyah and DMX’s “Come Back In One Piece,” as well as the song “Undertaker” from T.I.’s 2006 album, KING. He was also behind Macy Gray’s 2010 hit “Beauty in The World,” which received television placement on shows such as “Ugly Betty,” “What Chili Wants,” and “Law and Order LA.”
Now producing under his own label, Kannon Entertainment, along with his co-producers the Secret Specialists, Cavie is back in the studio lead producing DMX’s new album. He recently stepped from behind his producer boards, and spoke with VIBE about working with DMX again, possessing Pimp C’s last verse laid to wax and why fellow Compton-native Kendrick Lamar is the future of hip-hop.–Natelege Whaley
VIBE: How did you get the name Kannon “Caviar”?
Caviar: Kannon, like a cannon ball. I was born on July 4th, and that’s my real name and so that’s how I got that name. So then Caviar is of course and acquired and eclectic taste. Everyone knows either you love caviar or you don’t love caviar. There’s no in between with that. And my name with Kannon, cannon being the bomb, Caviar being what it is, is being the best Caviar.