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Murda Beatz Celebrates a Decade in the Rap Game

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 21: Murda Beatz attends the 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on June 21, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

26-year-old producer Murda Beatz, known for hits like Travis Scott's "Butterfly Effect" and Drake's "Nice For What," has come a long way since making beats at his parents' home in Fort Erie, Canada.

He recently came to the realization that he's been working behind the boards for "around 10 years now."

As pointed out by Brian "Z" Zisook, it was only 5-7 years ago that Murda, real name Shane Lindstrom, was hitting rappers like La Flame, Quavo, A$AP Ferg and others via Twitter asking them to check their email. That's hunger!

Murda's internet savvy would eventually pay off when Skippa Da Flippa, an Atlanta artist affiliated with the Migos, showed the group his beats around 2012 before they blew up. He even started living with them.

"From there, they started liking the stuff, and they blew up," Murda once told The Fader. "They started flying me out and I started living with them, around 2012, 2013. Going on the road with them. That’s how we built our good relationship that we have now."

This quick trip down memory lane shows that success rarely comes overnight and requires a ton of patience and persistence.

These days, Murda isn't your typical producer who's name is relegated to the low-key credits of a song. He's dropping his own singles via Interscope, like "Doors Unlocked" featuring Polo G and Ty Dolla $ign. Not to mention he and Quavo are best buds.