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There are no limits to what you can create if you can imagine it.

Ill Wayno
Photo: Courtesy of the artist

During our sit-down interview with record producer Dwayne “Ill Wayno” Shippy, the GRAMMY-Award winning musician talked about his humble beginning in the Far Rockaway region of Queens, New York. He recalls using the FL Studio (Fruity Loops), “FL2” and “FL3”. According to the multigenre producer, it wasn’t until after he mastered “FL3” when people started to take him seriously. Further along in the interview, he also mentions his ties with late local rappers, Stack Bundles and Chinx Drugz, known as just “Chinx” before his death. Ill Wayno recorded the two slain rappers—and others—when they were in a group called the “Rockaway Riot Squad”.

Ill Wayno’s credits are no flask in the pan. He’s worked with 2 Chainz, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Chris Brown, Daddy Yankee, Elephant Man, Lil Skies, Maxi Priest, Nas, Natti Natasha, Nicki Minaj, Shaggy, and Sting from The Police, to name a few. In current time, the young legend is working on Maxi Priest’s upcoming studio album.

Ill Wayno won a GRAMMY this year in February for ‘Best Reggae Album of the Year’ (“44/876” by Sting & Shaggy). He shows the clip of their reaction in the interview. It is his fourth GRAMMY nomination.

Ill Wayno is the key composer-producer for Netflix series, ‘Rapture’. Special thanks to Brandon Wint, Esparo Voltaire, Shaniqua Tompkins for their help, and Tiara Wright for the introduction. Let’s celebrate our queens and kings when they’re here to bask in it.


Written by Richardine Bartee

It’s her unprejudiced love for people that’s taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs.

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