American producer Ricky Racks has made waves in Hip Hop. His credits reflect an all-star cast of the genre’s heaviest hitters, from Young Thug, to Migos, to Eminem, Future, and more. Ricky’s identifiable style and work ethic have catapulted his career as a music producer, and we’re thrilled that he’s been using FL Studio every step of the way. Read on to learn more about his background and working habits.
Future – Crushed Up (prod. by Ricky Racks)
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
I am originally from Greenville, North Carolina. I come from a musical family – my dad plays guitar, and my mom sings in church as well as in a female gospel group called the Barfield Sisters – so I was born into it.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
One of my cousins was a rapper, and he introduced me to FL Studio 6. I started there and literally never stopped using it after that.
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I’ve produced a lot of Hip Hop records. I started off mixing old-school samples with Trap drums until I developed my sound. My first big break came when I produced “Best Friend” for Young Thug, which became my first platinum record. Since then, I’ve gotten to work with other major Hip Hop talent like Migos, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Future, and Eminem.
Young Thug – Best Friend (prod. by Ricky Racks)
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
I have a home studio in my basement where I do most of my producing. I use a variety of equipment like my Yamaha Montage keyboard but I also feel comfortable with just a simple mouse and MIDI keyboard setup — it doesn’t take much to get the job done in FL Studio.
What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?
Learn the software, come up with a good workflow, and lock in.
Ricky in the Studio
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?