The Nasty Beatmakers, Jonny “DJ Nasty” Mollings and Lenny Mollings (Yes, they’really brothers) are hip-hop’s go to producers if you want a number 1 SMASH!
The Nasty Beatmakers worked on records such as “All I do is Win” w/ DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne’s “I’m Me”, Plies “#1 Fan”, and other musicians such as Ludacris, Rick Ross, Pitbull, Fat Joe, and many more.
Well the producing brothers got to speak with Forbes about how they stay relevant in this fickle industry, how they felt when President Obama walked out to his record and more.
Shawn Setaro: I wanted to start at the beginning. How did you two team up?
Jonny “DJ Nasty” Mollings: Music runs in our family. I’m the youngest one of three brothers. My brother Lenny, he’s in the middle, and then we have a brother named Freddy, who’s the oldest. Lenny and my Freddy used to tour with Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Britney Spears. They worked with a host of artists.
Setaro: How did you get that first placement with Joe?
A mutual friend named Rated R introduced me and DJ Khaled to Fat Joe. And from there, I just started building a network. I’m kind of the face of the group because I do radio and I’m a DJ, and I’m always out there. I’m always meeting people who come to the radio station. So I started building with everybody, from Cam’ron to Ludacris to Pitbull, you name it, we worked with them.
Setaro: Lenny, at what point did you stop touring?
Lenny: I toured with the Backstreet Boys through most of the ’90s. I was fortunate to write a record on one of their albums, and realized that that’s where the money’s at, in writing. So around the turn of 2000, that’s when I started concentrating on writing, and that’s when we got together.
Setaro: When you land a placement, how does that work business-wise? Is it a work for hire? Do you get points?
DJ Nasty: It’s the whole shebang. It’s a business—that’s why they call it the music business. The first thing you should have is a lawyer. Make sure your lawyer is on point. You stay in contact with him through the negotiation. So we always make sure we get our points, we get our publishing, and all the royalties are intact. So as long as you’re smart with your business, you’ll be good.
Setaro: You guys are not just producing yourselves, but also managing aspiring producers. Why did you get involved in that?
DJ Nasty: Because we’re businessmen at the end of the day, and we’re all about trying to bring new talent. Me and my brother met these producers called The Runners, who were out of Orlando. Those were the first producers we signed onto Nasty Beatmakers. The first placement they got was a record for Fat Joe called “Does Anyone Know.”
From there, we also signed producers called The Inkredibles, from VA. We’re businessmen. We don’t want to limit ourselves to just being producers. We want to have our publishing company, we want to have our management company, and just rock out and show the world that Nasty Beatmakers is a brand.
Setaro: What is taking up the majority of your time these days? Is it management of producers? Is it music making?
DJ Nasty: It’s a little bit of both. We want to keep the name and the brand out there. We ended up working with DJ Khaled on his new album Major Key, co-producing a record called “Do You Mind,” which ended up being a huge record in 2016.
Setaro: With “All I Do Is Win,” what kind of money can you make from a record that goes that big?
DJ Nasty: Millions. The interesting thing is, when the song came out, it was big. But this year’s probably been the biggest the song’s ever been, and it’s five years old now. The song is now getting sync licenses on everything.
Lenny: We’ve always got requests, whether it’s movies, shows, or sporting events. We used get maybe three requests a month. Now it’s six a week. Peanuts the Movie, Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike. Even Obama came out to it during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Setaro: Did you get advance notice it was going to be used by the White House [at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner]?
DJ Nasty: That one caught us by surprise. We knew Obama had swag and all that. For me, it caught me off guard.
Find out more about how they heard the President walking out to their track, here.’