Nic Nac

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Nic Nac
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Background information
Birth name Nicholas Balding
Also known as
  • Nic Nac
  • Let Me See You
Born (1989-07-05) July 5, 1989 (age 29)
El Cerrito, California, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts

Nicholas Balding (born July 5, 1989), professionally known as Nic Nac, is an American record producer and rapper from El Cerrito, California. He first started out in the group Go Dav[1] in the early 2000s, and is currently in the group Starting Six. He is best known for producing Chris Brown's "Loyal", Pia Mia's "Do It Again", DJ Khaled's global hits, "I'm the One" and "No Brainer".

Early life[edit]

Nicholas Balding was born on July 5, 1989 in El Cerrito, California. He started to DJ when he was in fifth grade. His parents got him something called a "DJ In A Box" that came with two turn tables, a mixer, and two speakers. He just used basic drum beats and didn't know how to play piano yet at the time, as he does now. He started to DJ because he lived up the street from a Guitar Center and went there everyday to hang around the people who worked there. They showed him how to DJ, so by the time he got to high school, he met a kid in his class who made beats and he gave him a program. In 2003, when he was in the eighth grade, Balding and his cousin started a DJing group; they were DJing for their friends parties, for school dances, and so on. He was playing songs by different rappers such as, the Ying Yang Twins, E-40, Lil Jon, and Too $hort.[2]

Career[edit]

He got into production when he was fourteen years old in high school and was using Fruity Loops (now FL Studio). Later in high school, Nicholas formed a group with four rappers and one singer called, Go Dav. Nick was the only member that wasn't from Oakland, Cali. They got famous for their song "Ride or Die Chick" and were known mainly in the East Bay area. Being in the group, made him more interested in furthering his career in music. His first major success as a producer was the song, "143" by Bobby Brackins and Ray J. He made enough money from that song and was able to move out of his mother's house and relocated to Los Angeles. He got a manager after moving to L.A. but things didn't work out between them later on.[3]

After "143", the next big hit he produced was "Beat It" by Sean Kingston, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa. After making "Beat It", Balding was trying to get a manager and was trying to get better at producing. Nicholas' and Chris Brown's manager's were close friends.[3] Later in 2013, he produced the single by Chris Brown titled "Loyal". During the making of "Loyal", rappers Ty Dolla Sign and B.o.B wrote the chorus and first verse. Balding's manager played the beat for Chris Brown's manager and Chris took the beat for his own the same day.[2] He cut the track that night and got Lil Wayne, French Montana, and Too Short on it all within a week. Balding currently lives with six of his high school friends, one of them being his cousin that he grew up with. They have a front and back house, (three live in the front, three in the back). They formed the group called Starting Six and have released several videos online.[3]

In 2015, he then produced Chris Brown and Tyga's single "Ayo". Balding delivered, his production replete with an echoing "I neeeed you" helium vocal sample.[4]

Production style[edit]

Nic Nac says, he always had these little video gamey melodies, and put more R&B chords underneath that melody. Even if it is dark chords, a happy melody, a video game melody, is always in his beats. He's always done that since high school, so it was always his own thing.[2] He also uses a loop featuring the lyrics, "let me see you" in most of his songs, most notably in Chris Brown's 'Loyal'

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, he started dating singer Pia Mia. [5]

Production discography[edit]

Does not include remixes or other producers
Song Year Artist(s) Album
"Demo On Wax" 2007 Team Knoc The Makeover
"Rocket" 2010 Yuna Decorate
"Random Awesome"
"I'm Ready" Bobby Brackins, Marc E. Bassy Live Good 0.5
"143" Bobby Brackins, Ray J
"Nighttime" Young Murph Nighttime Sunshine
"Nighttime 2.0"
"Little Devil" Campa N/A
"180" 2011 Bobby Brackins, Jeremih
"Bout That Life" Mann
"Chainless" 2012 Tinashe In Case We Die
"Young Booty" Bobby Brackins Stay On It
"B.Y.O.B." Bobby Brackins, Wallpaper
"Yanking" Bobby Brackins
"Breeder" Bobby Brackins, Starting Six
"Like Me Revemped" Bobby Brackins, Nic Nac
"S.O.D" Starting Six, Aliky On Yo Beach
"I Hit It First" 2013 Ray J, Bobby Brackins N/A
"Open Yo Legs" Bobby Brackins Maxwell Park
"Big Body" Bobby Brackins, Clyde Carson, Ty Dolla $ign
"Jungle Fever" Bobby Brackins
"Kindergarden"
"Rari" Bobby Brackins, Ray J
"Westside" Bobby Brackins, Marc E. Bassy
"Beat It" Sean Kingston, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa Back 2 Life
"Hold That" Sean Kingston, Yo Gotti
"Seasonal Love" Sean Kingston, Wale
"Shotta Luv" Sean Kingston, 2 Chainz
"Ayo (16th Floor)" Sean Kingston
"Save One For Me"
"My Baby" Zendaya Zendaya
"Wake Up In It" Mally Mall, Sean Kingston, Tyga, French Montana, Pusha T Well Done IV
"GLOBE" YMTK, Bread MPL 2: Murphy Pan's Labyrinth
"Hotel Party" YMTK, The Six
"Dolo" 2014 Kid Ink, R. Kelly Full Speed
"Fucking Around" 100s Ivry
"Nothing" Ma$e, Eric Bellinger Now We Even
"2 Blessed" Roach Gigz Roachy Balboa Round 4
"Loyal" Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Tyga X
"Came To Do" Chris Brown, Akon
"Fill Me In" Pia Mia, Austin Mahone TBA
"Fuck With You" Pia Mia
"Watch Me Work" Tinashe Aquarius
"I Don't Get Tired" Kevin Gates, August Alsina Luca Brasi 2
"Say What" Ernest Rush STRT TRBL
"Dolo" 2015 Kid Ink, R. Kelly Full Speed
"Ayo" Chris Brown, Tyga Fan of a Fan: The Album
"Bitches N Marijuana" Chris Brown, Tyga, Schoolboy Q
"I'm Up" Omarion, French Montana, Kid Ink I'm Up - Single
"Do It Again" Pia Mia featuring Chris Brown and Tyga Do It Again - Single
"Faithful" 2016 Bobby Brackins, Ty Dolla Sign To Live For
"Back to the Crib" Bobby Brackins, Wash
"Joy Ride" Bobby Brackins, Austin Mahone
"I'm the One" 2017 DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne Grateful
"No Brainer" 2018 DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, and Chance the Rapper Father of Ashad

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Go Dav - Ride Or Die Chick Lyrics". Genius. Retrieved 2015-02-07.
  2. ^ a b c Turner, David. "Beat Construction: "Loyal" Producer Nic Nac Talks Chris Brown, DJ Mustard, and the West Coast Hottest Summer". The Fader. Retrieved 2015-02-05.
  3. ^ a b c Drake, David (2014-09-17). "Interview: Producer Nic Nac Talks About the Making of the Other Song of the Summer, Chris Brown's "Loyal"". Complex. Retrieved 2015-02-04.
  4. ^ Drake, David (2015-01-02). "Bout to Blow: 10 Dope Songs You Should Be Hearing Everywhere Soon". Complex. Retrieved 2015-02-06.
  5. ^ "Celeb News Pia Mia dating her producer NicNac". ATRL. 2014-12-07. Archived from the original on 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-02-08.

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