Road to Recognition

 

 “I named myself 3-D because I felt like I could bring 3 aspects of the game (Writing, Engineering, Producing). 3 dimensional”

Meet 3-D. Darius Jenkins. The Muzik Maniac. The Kreative Villain. The twenty-eight-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida that has been flying around the world on his dream. 3-D is a music engineer and producer on the cusp of everything he envisioned when he enrolled in Full Sail University in 2007. When his hoop dream deflated after high school he was searching for his next conquest. He went on a visit to Full Sail originally for the film program but quickly realized that it wasn’t for him. He became a certified engineer because he was smart enough to understand that it was a quicker step in the door than just being another producer. “Engineering came because I couldn’t produce as fast as I wanted to honestly… it just made sense to get around the studio I knew I had to have something to bring to the table”
Fast forward to 2011, 3-D is tagged in an ad on twitter by a friend to be an intern for the legendary Tree Sound Studios after returning to Atlanta for his second stint at chasing this dream (3-D interned at Hot Beats studio in 2009). He applied for it and got it. He remembers one of his first assignments was to work the bathrooms at a Killer Mike event. A lesson in humility no doubt, 3-D paid his dues. He slowly went from the bathrooms to the boards and eventually engineered his first full project Stepbrothers by Don Trip and Starlito. As he worked his way up he ended up building a relationship with Cyhi the Prynce as his engineer that extended even after he left Tree Sounds. That relationship would be the beginning of the next chapter for him. He would eventually work with Cyhi on the Ivy League projects and both of the Black Hystori projects and everything in between that work garnered him more opportunities to “be in the room” with the greats. From smoking with Gucci Mane and Snoop at Patchwerk studios, to meeting Jay-z and Rick Rubin, to working with Kanye West in California and even getting writing credits on two songs on Kanye’s most recent album The Life of Pablo (Feedback & FML). That was his first official album placement. His next placement came on the recently released Murder For Hire 2 mixtape by Kevin Gates. He and his Kreative Villains Partner Black co-produced the standout track “Prayer” which gave him his second Billboard top 5 placement of the year which just shows that the work pays off. All of the dues paid seem to be seeds that are now blooming as 3-D and his partner are currently having talks with labels and working with the likes of Rick Ross, though nothing is official as of yet because the business behind this music is truly a world wind. As people get more familiar with the Kreative Villains they will see a group of creatives that have put in their ten thousand hours. A group of creatives so passionate about what they’re doing they didn’t quit even though it’s taken ten years to try to be an overnight success. With such a grind I had no choice but to ask 3-D did he have any regrets. His biggest regret was not getting closer and maintaining the relationship he had with Drake from his first stint at Hot Beats studio while Drake was finishing So Far Gone. “There was a time bro, and if I knew my myspace password I would log in and show niggas”.

 

It’s been a long journey to seemingly get to the beginning but the future is bright for 3-D and his team. Their passion for the music appears to drive them way more than the money or the fame and for that reason I feel like winning is inevitable for them. Being from the south has always been more of a fight for opportunities and the inherited hunger for that respect is embedded into this young jack of all trades. His dream collaborations that he hasn’t had yet is Ty Dollar $ign, Beyonce, and Jay Z. In due time, “{As a producer} I want to work with Ty Dollar $ign just because I feel like Ty is on of the only niggas making MUSIC”

Keep being Kreative. 

-Travis Cochran

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