Compatible Mics

AKG C214
AKG
C214
Regular Eyeball
AKG C3000
AKG
C3000
Regular Eyeball
AKG C314
AKG
C314
Regular Eyeball
AKG C414 XLII
AKG
C414 XLII
Regular Eyeball
AKG C414 XLS
AKG
C414 XLS
Regular Eyeball
AKG P120
AKG
P120
Regular Eyeball
AKG P220
AKG
P220
Regular Eyeball
AKG P420
AKG
P420
Regular Eyeball
Aston Origin
Aston
Origin
Regular Eyeball
Aston Spirit
Aston
Spirit
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2020
Audio-Technica
AT2020
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2020USB+
Audio-Technica
AT2020USB+
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2020USBi
Audio-Technica
AT2020USBi
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2035
Audio-Technica
AT2035
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT2050 (Special Instructions Shock Mount)
Audio-Technica
AT2050 (Special Instructions Shock Mount)
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT3035
Audio-Technica
AT3035
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4033a
Audio-Technica
AT4033a
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4040
Audio-Technica
AT4040
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4047
Audio-Technica
AT4047
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4047/SV
Audio-Technica
AT4047/SV
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4050
Audio-Technica
AT4050
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT4060a
Audio-Technica
AT4060a
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica AT5047
Audio-Technica
AT5047
Regular Eyeball
Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB
Audio-Technica
ATR2500-USB
Regular Eyeball
Avantone BV-1
Avantone
BV-1
Fatboy Eyeball
Avantone CV-12
Avantone
CV-12
Regular Eyeball
Beyerdynamic FOX USB
Beyerdynamic
FOX USB
Regular Eyeball
Blue Bird
Blue
Bird
Regular Eyeball
Blue Raspberry
Blue
Raspberry
Regular Eyeball
Blue Spark
Blue
Spark
Regular Eyeball
Blue Yeti Mic Wired
Blue
Yeti Mic Wired
Fatboy Eyeball
Blue Yeti Pro Studio
Blue
Yeti Pro Studio
Fatboy Eyeball
Blue Yeti Pro USB
Blue
Yeti Pro USB
Fatboy Eyeball
Focusrite Scarlett Studio CM25
Focusrite
Scarlett Studio CM25
Regular Eyeball
Gauge Precision Instruments ECM-87
Gauge Precision Instruments
ECM-87
Regular Eyeball
Genesis GenesisHE
Genesis
GenesisHE
Regular Eyeball
Lauten Audio Atlantis FC-387
Lauten Audio
Atlantis FC-387
Fatboy Eyeball
Lauten Audio LA-120
Lauten Audio
LA-120
Regular Eyeball
Lauten Audio LA-220
Lauten Audio
LA-220
Regular Eyeball
Lauten Audio LA-320
Lauten Audio
LA-320
Regular Eyeball
Manley Reference Cardioid
Manley
Reference Cardioid
Regular Eyeball
Manley Reference Gold
Manley
Reference Gold
Regular Eyeball
Manley Reference Silver
Manley
Reference Silver
Regular Eyeball
MXL 2003A
MXL
2003A
Regular Eyeball
MXL 2006
MXL
2006
Regular Eyeball
MXL 3000
MXL
3000
Regular Eyeball
MXL 4000
MXL
4000
Regular Eyeball
MXL 770X
MXL
770X
Fatboy Eyeball
MXL 910
MXL
910
Regular Eyeball
MXL 990
MXL
990
Regular Eyeball
MXL 990HE
MXL
990HE
Regular Eyeball
MXL 990USB
MXL
990USB
Regular Eyeball
MXL Blizzard 990
MXL
Blizzard 990
Regular Eyeball
MXL CR89
MXL
CR89
Fatboy Eyeball
MXL Genesis
MXL
Genesis
Regular Eyeball
MXL R144
MXL
R144
Regular Eyeball
MXL R44 HE
MXL
R44 HE
Regular Eyeball
MXL Studio 24 USB
MXL
Studio 24 USB
Regular Eyeball
MXL Tempo
MXL
Tempo
Regular Eyeball
MXL USB006
MXL
USB006
Regular Eyeball
MXL V63M
MXL
V63M
Regular Eyeball
MXL V67
MXL
V67
Regular Eyeball
MXL V67G HE
MXL
V67G HE
Regular Eyeball
MXL V67i
MXL
V67i
Regular Eyeball
MXL V69 EDT
MXL
V69 EDT
Regular Eyeball
MXL V69 HE
MXL
V69 HE
Regular Eyeball
MXL V87
MXL
V87
Regular Eyeball
Neumann TLM 102
Neumann
TLM 102
Regular Eyeball
Neumann TLM 103
Neumann
TLM 103
Regular Eyeball
Neumann TLM 107
Neumann
TLM 107
Fatboy Eyeball
Neumann TLM 193
Neumann
TLM 193
Regular Eyeball
Neumann U87
Neumann
U87
Regular Eyeball
Oktava MK-105
Oktava
MK-105
Regular Eyeball
Oktava MK-220
Oktava
MK-220
Regular Eyeball
Oktava MK-319
Oktava
MK-319
Regular Eyeball
RODE K2
RODE
K2
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT USB
RODE
NT USB
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT1
RODE
NT1
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT1-A
RODE
NT1-A
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT1000
RODE
NT1000
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT2-A
RODE
NT2-A
Regular Eyeball
RODE NT2000
RODE
NT2000
Regular Eyeball
RODE NTK
RODE
NTK
Regular Eyeball
sE Electronics RNT
sE Electronics
RNT
Fatboy Eyeball
sE Electronics sE2200
sE Electronics
sE2200
Regular Eyeball
sE Electronics X1A Series
sE Electronics
X1A Series
Regular Eyeball
sE Electronics X1S Series
sE Electronics
X1S Series
Regular Eyeball
sE Electronics Z5600a II
sE Electronics
Z5600a II
Regular Eyeball
Sennheiser MK4
Sennheiser
MK4
Regular Eyeball
Sennheiser MK8
Sennheiser
MK8
Regular Eyeball
SHURE KSM 313
SHURE
KSM 313
Regular Eyeball
SHURE KSM 42
SHURE
KSM 42
Regular Eyeball
Slate Digital Slate ML1
Slate Digital
Slate ML1
Regular Eyeball
Slate Digital Slate ML1 Vintage
Slate Digital
Slate ML1 Vintage
Regular Eyeball
Slate Digital Slate Virtual Microphone System
Slate Digital
Slate Virtual Microphone System
Regular Eyeball
Sony C-100
Sony
C-100
Regular Eyeball
Sony C-800
Sony
C-800
Regular Eyeball
Townsend Labs Sphere L22
Townsend Labs
Sphere L22
Fatboy Eyeball
Wunder CM49
Wunder
CM49
Fatboy Eyeball
Wunder CM50
Wunder
CM50
Fatboy Eyeball
Wunder CM67
Wunder
CM67
Fatboy Eyeball
Wunder CM7
Wunder
CM7
Fatboy Eyeball
No Compatible Microphones Found

ATL

Interview

Originally from the streets of Chicago, Cap 1 is a successful emcee that now calls Atlanta his home base, while splitting his time between L.A. and Chicago to take on his many projects.  He is best known for his flawless freestyle chops, which caught the attention of Grammy Award winning rapper and Def Jam recording artist, 2 Chains, who quickly signed Cap as an artist and writer to his own imprint, The Real University.

He has crafted hit songs for artists including Yung Berg’s “Sexy Can I” and sports an impressive list of collaborations that includes Ludacris, Drake, Nicki Minaj ,Twista, Jazze Pha, Bobby Valentino, and more.  We had an opportunity to sit down with Cap and discuss the twists and turns of a long and winding career and an artist that constantly continues to reinvent himself.

You’ve had quite a journey as an artist. Can you talk about that journey and how you got into the game?

Sure, I’m originally from Chicago. I was the first rapper signed to Motown in 2000. I grew up with Kanye West, you know. So the demo that actually got me my record deal was produced by Kanye. A lot of the beats on that demo were his. I’ve been long term friends with 2 Chainz, who back then was known as Tity Boi. I was the first artist signed to his imprint. Which brings us up to current speed.

"I work with pretty much all of the artists around Atlanta. Since then we've stamped our own imprint with Caviar Dreams."

Street Execs is our management so I've been on a lot of the tours with 2 Chains as the open act. So just to be able to see a lot of the different eras from when I had the first deal on Motown to where the sound has gone today. How the times change, the looks and just the whole thing. It’s about being able to remain relevant.

 

So how do you use the studio as your instrument? What are some tips or tricks you can share?

"The studio was definitely my instrument as far as my outlet. It’s like this is my version of going to the gym."

I like to record. I don't write so I like to record it like right then and there. So like of course my engineer, he’s definitely a key player. That's like my pass, my go to. You need a good engineer in the studio because a lot of times artists that don't write they need someone who is just as quick as them.

So when you have somebody at the board who knows all that studio equipment that's got you covered, you can forget the thought, you can forget the cadence and things like that. So that the studio is about being able to express whatever you feel of that thought right then and there. You need somebody that can catch that for you, you know. So the studio, this is my gym. You've got to just stay sharp and be fit and everybody that's working out with you got to be on the same plan.

 

So you really had an interesting journey because you know you all these people from back in the day that you grew up with, who were like the biggest names in the business?

Yeah, It’s crazy. A lot of the key figures in the music or film or fashion industry. They’re kind of like my personal partners. So it's kind of dope. I see everybody and they’ve got their own little mission but we can still come around the round table for the same purpose and work.

 

Shifting gears to the track. How important is the vocal to the track?

The vocal is just as important to the track as the snare, the kick. Any other instrument on the beat because the vocal becomes an instrument. Especially the delivery. Depending on the delivery, the cadence, that comes across as its own instrument or its own rhythm within a rhythm. So it's like the vocals need to be just as clear and have just as much quality and presence as anything that's on the track.

 

And how has the Eyeball impacted your art?

I mean the Kaotica Eyeball to me is dope just off of the fact that like me being an artist I travel a lot.

"I'm not always able to get into the studio with a vocal booth and different things like that and with the Eyeball, we can just set up in the middle of the hotel room and have a virtual vocal booth." 

The quality is just as good as if we were at one of the top studios across the world. So it’s like a mobile vocal booth that you can bring with you around the world. So it was like a studio in your bag. You pull that out and you can get to work. So it’s definitely been a blessing really. And you save a lot of money. You don't have to keep going back to the studio. You can use those tracks from your travels or even from a home music studio. Like I said we've been we've been on the road for a minute.

 

What advice would you offer to someone trying to walk in your shoes and make a name for themselves?

What I would like to tell artists is to always be true to yourself. Because the fans change, the times change. But like as long as people can say that you were 100% you the whole way through then they can always relate to you because you never changed who you are. You didn’t change for the times or for the sound.

Like I said, I was the first rapper in 2000 signed to Motown. Now it’s 2017.

"And the main thing is about remaining relevant and sometimes to do that you have to brand yourself outside of being an artist."

Whether that be merchandise, whether that be different business ventures that you do you have to always plan for the exit because you're not going to always be top dawg. There’s always going to be a new person, somebody who raps better, raps faster or whatever the case may be.

So while you have that window of persuasion where you can tell people, ‘All right, they want to do this because you did that.’ When you stamped your brand. And that's when you can kind of start branching off into your own vision and step into other things that help you remain relevant so you can kind of piggyback off of your own self. And when you need to jump back in the game you can.

Your lifespan may come from other things. Like for instance, I have my own product. We have the Caviar Dream water. It’s an alkaline water, 8.0 Ph level, electrolytes. It’s in all of the clubs around the city. And on top of the fact that we are giving healthy water back to the community. So on top of being an artist it's also about giving back while stamping your brand. That's what we do.

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