Exclusive: LilWayneHQ Interviews Mike Banger; Talks Weezy’s Reaction To Selling A Milli First Week & More

Thu, Oct 6, 2011 by

LilWayneHQ Interviews Mike Banger

Below, is an exclusive interview we held with producer, mixer and recording engineer Mike “Banger” Cadahia, who works closely with Lil Wayne and the Young Money/Cash Money family every day and night. In this interview, Mike speaks about his job, Lil Wayne, YMCMB, the “That’s What They Call Me” leak, how Weezy reacted to selling over a million copies of Tha Carter IV in the first week of the album being released, and more! Banger also says Tunechi is working on a new project, but wouldn’t tell us what it is (probably the I Can’t Feel My Face collaboration).

LWHQ: Tell us about yourself Mike? How long have you been creating beats and engineering for?
Mike Banger: I lost exact count but maybe over ten years. I started playing drums first for a few years then got an MPC and started producing. I eventually got Pro Tools and learned to record and mix.

LWHQ: What made you get into this career?
Mike Banger: I just love music and haven’t found anything better to do yet. It’s also great to know how many people you can reach doing this. I like being in the studio environment at any hour so its easy to pull an all-nighter. I heard you can make a lot of money too.

LWHQ: How many hours does Lil Wayne keep you in the studio for per week?
Mike Banger: I don’t know. I’m in the studio everyday at least once on my own regardless unless it’s a special occasion. How many hours a week do I spend out of the studio is the question.

LWHQ: What’s your favorite Wayne track that you recorded and mixed?
Mike Banger: “Right Above It” was my first real major mix and I think that reached #1 on charts so it’s good to know my ears can be trusted at that level. “Bill Gates” is dope too. “YM Banger” was produced, recorded, and mixed by me so you can’t forget that one of course.

LWHQ: Have you produced more tracks for Weezy that we can be looking out for in the future after “YM Banger” got so much positive feedback?
Mike Banger: There’s that one with the wrong version leaked “That’s What They Call Me”. I mixed it already but I don’t know if it should be leaked or be held for another project. I’m looking to do more tracks with everyone in YM though now that I’m more comfortable in this position. Millz got one, Gudda did one too and I’m hoping on doing a lot more collaboration group tracks like “YM Banger”.

LWHQ: Do you have a favorite artist from Young Money who you love working with?
Mike Banger: Yeah Wayne. I actually like it the most when everyone is in the studio busy working together.

LWHQ: Have you worked with anyone from Cash Money, such as Birdman?
Mike Banger: Stunna comes in once in a while and he also did one of my tracks too, but I don’t know about anyone else since I’ve really just been busy with Wayne.

LWHQ: What other music artists have you never worked with, but you would love to one day?
Mike Banger: I don’t know. I love hip hop and through Wayne I’ve somehow ended up working on a lot of my favorite artists projects already. I’ve gotten the opportunity to touch sessions from Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, Tech N9ne, Cory Gunz, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Eminem, Nas, Jadakiss, and N.O.R.E., but they usually just email each other the songs. I guess I would like to witness more physical collaborations between the artists.

LWHQ: What was Wayne’s initial reaction to selling nearly a million albums in the first week?
Mike Banger: He just relayed the information to me on the jet in mid air, we congratulated everyone on the team, and kept on working. Then we started joking acting all nonchalant about it like: “A mill in a week huh? hmm, not too bad. It could have been worse.”

LWHQ: Has Tune been back in the studio working on any other projects? Such as Dedication 4, or the collabo album with Drake, etc.?
Mike Banger: Yeah, we never left the studio so rest assured the next project is already on its way. I can’t really say what that is yet though but maybe I’ll tweet it.

LWHQ: Do you have any advice for any upcoming producers/engineers?
Mike Banger: I would say to really work on your craft till you feel you are truly ready to compete in the business and expect long hours of unpaid work, possibly many years. Be who you want to be at all times even when you’re at the bottom with nothing. Preserve your creativity. Be influenced by your inspirations and keep in mind that one day you might be in a room surrounded by all of them.

LWHQ: Any last words, websites or shout outs you would like to leave the readers with?
Mike Banger: Shout out to Wayne, check out my website, @MikeBanger on Twitter, Young Money we’re the greatest! Shout out to T-Streets on the studio bus with me, thank you HQ for the interview, one time for the 305, and everyone go get C4.

Shout out to Kronnick for setting up the interview!

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  • JayWayne

    I second

  • real-talk



    wayne is on probation “welcome to my hood” if i cant feel my face drops this year we will get dedication 4 before i cant feel my face drops for promoting i hope so…

  • lilwayne>allrappers


  • Ms Weezy

    Narce!!!!! YMCMB till the death of me!

  • Kuzz

    Nice interview. Good read.

  • real-talk

    @FUCKEMINEM why the fuck did you metion wayne is on probation that had nothing to do with what you said.

  • @real-talk i swear u so dumb hatin everything(danny M) Lol u retarded bitch listen your crap Bitch im tha bomb tick tick.

  • middleton armani

    Good read lwhq

  • Hater

    I like how he didn’t answer your question about Dedication 4 or the Drake collabo hehe

  • when u gonna interview marley g ??

  • mrx

    good job hq

  • Jay

    Boi1da produced bill gates and kane beats produced right above it idk mike banger mastered them

  • Red

    @fuckeminem u are strange and wierd as hell my nigga foreal how old are u like 13 or something u say the dumbest pointless shit in every comment and u wierd for having a name like that on ur account if i was wayne and i checked the site which i doubt he does i would tell danny to block ur weird retarded ass

  • Red

    @fuckeminem i dont even think wayne would want ur creepy ass as a fan i remember when ur gay ass wrote in ur comment and u spelled his dam name wrong and u said wayne micheal carter made my life smh seriously my nigga ur a fuckin creepy ass weird ass nigga

  • killa cam

    Mike Banger ? what happened to Drew Correa ?

    “Cut the music up in the headphones Drew”.

    This Mike dude is probably the guy who’s been fucking up Weezy’s vocals.

  • @Red i think dont want a wayne fan like u because u doesnt care about wayne u let the haters hate…i support him…1. im 19 2. im a fan since 2006…

  • Aish Thaks

    @FUCKEMINEM what about Drake Collabo &
    with BirdMan Like Father Like Son Part 2 ….

  • @Aish Thaks I think not like father like son 2 this year still comes except when it’s done that would be time 4 albums ill but horny because soon all YMCMB throw members their albums. mack maine talks a little bit too much.Young money album sure 2011.I cant feel my face 2011.

  • leandreezy

    Halla back to M.B., and thanks to help the greatest rapper alive in the World (Tunechi). Shout out to all YM and CM, because you don`t play, yuo work so hard. If you wanna now something, iam LEANDREEZY. C4… I got it..see you

  • Great read LWHQ.. hey tht dude ddnt answer the Q. on Dedication 4…

  • bow wow´s first single coming soon ft lil wayne

    Mack maine talked about a collabo wit Rick ross N weez, I cant feel my face wit Elz N da we are Young Money project also Like father lyk son 2
    wonder how many will b released dis year not forgeting the pushbacks

  • @Alexdarealist oh,yes i forget about rick ross collabo.. birdman &mack talkin to much.i think like father like son 2 might release this year but we not have infos about that.the young money album will come this year absolutely.

  • Young_Mulla

    @killa cam mike banger is the recorder who goes in and puts all the snippets wayne recordes and mixes the album. But he does produce some of the songs, like he said YM Banger. I think waynes voice just sounds different because he doesnt touch the syrup any more.

  • haha mike banger u that deal nigga hhahahaha

  • Josh

    @fuckeminem nigga u dont know anything about the dam release dates u just as clueless as the rest of us and that rick ross callabo is not confirmed wayne just said hes thinkin about it so stop actin like u apart of ymcm cuz u dont know shit dumb nigga

  • Red

    @fuckeminem so ur 19 but u type like a fuckin 6 year old lol dumb ass nigga

  • Jj

    @fuckeminem dude u sound like a retard speak proper english

  • YMCMB Underated comin soon!

  • Zeca f. Baby

    And the bow wow’s single featuring lil wayne commin soon !!!! Cant wait !! 😀 🙂 😀

  • @Josh wtf stop being a “fan” i see u always just hating….. u probably 10 years old

  • fuck@fuckeminem

    @fuckeminem you do sound ignorant like a little kid..

  • ogeezy

    Yo shout out to t-streetz

  • real-talk

    @FuckEminem you should prolly just kill yourself nigga.

  • WeezyB

    Nice interview

  • Fate


  • X&Y

    “..“That’s What They Call Me”. I mixed it already but I don’t know if it should be leaked or be held for another project.”

    Anybody got it? Smh. Just leak it. Which rapper do wants to use an already part leaked song?

    Also somebody should leak the pre version of “I Own It” / “Soup”.

  • Hollygrove

    I think tune should do a remix to “the show goes on”. That would be cool

  • fred

    That’s what they call me has already been out ft. Gudda gudda where you all been at ! Shouts to the south!

  • that’s what’s up 🙂 ymcmb forever 🙂

  • weezy f baby

    wayne need to stop fucking these clowns

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  • if somebody knows what about she will video

  • @fuck@fuckeminem retarded dipshit stole my name u dumb

  • Fuck@fuckeminem

    I’m dumb? Haaaaa you’re as ignorant as your name.. Say something even remotely intelligent and I might believe you’re not a 13yr old who lives with your mommy and daddy…

  • Fuck@fuckeminem


  • @Fuck@fuckeminem I think not that you’re a fan, but is merely boring you or?

  • Fuck@fuckeminem

    @fuckeminem wrong ima fan not a psycho weirdo fan.. Like yourself. And you must either be really really dumb or not from America.. Because you sound more and more stupid.

  • @FUCKEMINEM WTF KILL yourself…



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  • yoh Danny M. i c u gt a countdown goin 4 tht YM compilation album, so tht release date if final?

  • ymcmbwayne

    He is the first white mo´fucka with dreads i´ve ever seen 😀

  • man i just went on billboard to check out the top ten and saw strange clouds debut at #7 not a bad start. he who here thinks LWHQ should have a section where it listen all Wayne tracks on Billboard hot 100, and show what position its at? 9just a thought)

  • Ted

    To bad he didn’t sell a mil first week.

  • guys dj drama talks about wayne dedication 4 mixtape:

  • ogeezy

    Dude that’s wat they call me verses were all cut up…so can’t wait to hear that shit..
    N it’s fkn obvious fuckeminem is a foreigner hahaha

  • henry

    twitter dot com slash model bubbles

  • real-talk


  • Wayne doin a Dedication 4? Man hope it’s a crazie as D2, whre wayne went alone (D3 wsn’t bad just YM members wre on thre as mch as Wayne)

  • the flowers track droppin next week @lil twist on twitter

  • real-talk

    @FuckEminem why dont you take your faggot ass to the fourms.

  • fuck@fuckeminem

    @FUCKEMINEM take the advice you gave yourself and kill yourself you illiterate stupid ass.. you never make fuckin sense

  • yobitches

    lmao@fuckeminem talkin like he’s the shit and knows everything bout this shit. you workin with wayne son? hahahah

  • fuckeminem is gay


  • georgiaboy87

    yo i just watched & saw the complete list of vh1 top 100 hundred songs of 2000 & saw there was not one lil wayne song up there, like seriously!! idk wtf vh1 is thinking they need to give respect wheres its due at

  • Breezy

    Lil Wayne did ah Public Service Announcement . . Check it out on Lil Wayne Facebook Paqe! Danny M… Check up homie!

  • Jon

    Ayo Danny weezy about RIP Jobs

  • Jacquelyn Pickett