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Recording/mix engineer, producer and guitarist Ari Raskin (known in some circles as "R.E. Thuggz") has been a visible figure in the NYC recording scene since 2000, contributing to a variety of projects ranging from chart-topping pop and hip hop albums to indy rock and jam band to major label jazz records. He has engineered on multiple Grammy-winning and nominated albums including John Legend's "Once Again," Black Eyed Peas' "The End," Kanye West's "Late Registration," Ledisi's "Turn Me Loose," Kevin Powell's "Grocery Shopping With My Mother," Justin Timberlake's "Futuresex/Lovesounds" while also having recorded various hit singles including "OMG" by Usher, "Giants" by Dermot Kennedy, "Yes We Can" by Barak Obama/Will.I.Am/John Legend, "Keke" by Tekashi69 ft Fetty Wap, "Hold My Hand" by Sean Paul ft Kerri Hilson, "Hip Hop Is Dead" by Nas, "Party People" by Nelly and Fergie and "If The World Was Ending" by JP Saxe and Julia Michaels. Ari held the position of Chief Engineer at the world-renowned Chung King Studios -- with seven rooms, the largest commercial music recording facility on the east coast at the time until it closed its doors in 2010. Today, he can be found working out of his private studio in Chelsea, Manhattan or at many of the numerous recording facilities in and around the New York City area.
NOTABLE QUOTES FROM VARIOUS CLIENTS
Ari Raskin has recorded, mixed, programmed or played guitar for:
RIHANNA, ONEREPUBLIC, KENDRICK LAMAR, JUICE WRLD, MIGOS, LIL WAYNE, WILL.I.AM, TREY SONGZ, MARK RONSON, DOJA CAT, JOHN LEGEND, SAVION GLOVER, KID CUDI, DRAKE, TRAVI$ SCOTT, WYCLEF JEAN, MURDA BEATZ, CYNDI LAUPER, MARY J. BLIGE, MAXWELL, LIL MAMA, BARACK OBAMA, MICHAEL JACKSON, OH LAND, J.DILLA & ILLA J, RYAN LESLIE, FERGIE, T.I., CHRIS THILE, KAT DELUNA, LINKIN PARK, RITA ORA, DIPLO, MOZART LA PARA, 16YROLD, LUNCHBOX, DERMOT KENNEDY, SCOTT HARRIS, NELLY, JON BATISTE, LAURYN HILL, TRAPMONEYBENNY, KORN, THEOPHILUS LONDON, ROBIN THICKE, JUSTIN BIEBER, JIM JONSIN, FAMOUS DEX, THE ROOTS, KAYYCYY, CAPELLA GREY, BRANDON VICTOR DIXON, KERI HILSON, RICK ROSS, RATATAT, MARIO, MESHELL N'DEGEOCELLO, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, BRAND NEW HEAVIES, KANYE WEST, SWIZZ BEATZ, LUCIUS, WHITNEY HOUSTON, STEVE MARTIN, KEYSHIA COLE, JEFF BHASKER, JADAKISS, HURRICANE CHRIS, KEANE, 10k CAASH, KARMIN, JUELZ SANTANA, JEREMIH, WAKA FLOCKA, TEDDY GEIGER, SINEAD O'CONNOR, BEENIE MAN, DAY26, FAITH EVANS, MACANO, YBN CORDAE, WE ARE THE FURY, 50 CENT, CIARA, DANITY KANE, SOULIVE, EMILE HAYNIE, KUDU, MA$E, RICKY MARTIN, FISHBONE, J-LIVE, PHAROAHE MONCH, JEAN GRAE, MOS DEF, LIL KIM, RO JAMES XIX, LAUREN FRAWLEY, VAN NESS WU, POLO DA DON, FOXY BROWN, LETTUCE, K'NAAN, YG, UTE LEMPER, CAMERON J. WRIGHT, iLOVEMAKONNEN, AARON COOK$, JOAN OSBOURNE, N'DEA DAVENPORT, BRE BRYAN, AMANDA DIVA, KESHIA COLE, JENNA ANDREWS, RASHAWN ROSS, DALEY, CONSEQUENCE, SUAI, BROADWAY CARES, LYNN PINTO, AZ, SIAIRA SHAWN, KAKI KING, YO GOTTI, JOHNNY GILL, PUSHA T, LUKE JAMES, ERIC HUDSON, CLAUDE KELLY, D.DOT, BUSTA RHYMES, CHRISTINA MILIAN, COREY B, DARNELL WILLIAMS, MUSHROOM, MAINO, BAS, TIA CORINE, GROWNBOI TRAP, DJ DRAMA, DANNY AIELLO, MARSHA AMBROSIA, SLIMELIFE SHAWTY, MELVONI, RAH DIGGA, MALI, PHILLIP ATTAMORE, JAMES GRAY, OLLY MURS, TYRONE "MUSICMAN TY" JOHNSON, DJ NUMARK, DJ DRAMA, MELANIE CHARLES, JORDAN PETERSON, FATLIP, TWEEZIE, TOBY GAD, STUNNA GIRL, DAVE HODGES, ERIC KRASNO, TOM MOULTON, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, TWISTA, BIG SEAN, FREDDIE JACKSON, FOXY BROWN, TALIB KWELI, EVERLAST, ANGIE STONE, UGK, LEDISI, NO ID, SY SMITH, DJ NUMARK, HOODCELEBRITYY, SEAN ALLEN, SWANQO, ORANGE BOY, FRENCHIE, NYCANI LEX LUGER, ERIN BARRA, DIAMOND D, T-BONE WOLK, STEVE HOLLY, ERIC "BENNY" BLOOM, EASY MO BEE, TALI, SNOW THA PRODUCT, RODNEY JERKINS, ISRAEL HOUGHTON, MISS WILLIAMS, DAVE HODGES, TOBY GAD, PRETTY RICKY, FAT JOE, MELI'SA MORGAN, JAMIE FOXX, HUGH GRANT, LIONEL RICHIE, COMMON, PRESTIGE WORLDWIDE, LIL DURK, RAZAH, TAMIA, CHAMILLIONAIRE, YTB TRENCH, KALEBER, AMANDA DIVA, FLIPMODE SQUAD, GUY SEBASTIAN, FYRE DEPT, FABOLOUS, DJ QUIK, EVERLAST, AMERIE, Y.G.O, RAZAH, KATE EARL, DIANA "WYNTER" GORDON, BAY SWAG, T.J. PORTER, WOKA FLOCKA, Q DA FOOL, COI LERAY, RICKY HIL, STARK SANDS, JAY BERLINER, DANNY ROMERO, BOXIE, PIMP C, LIZZY ROSE, JEREMY SHANOK, WINTER SHAKERS, ROY AYERS, MANUEL SIRE, KAT CUNNING, TODD TURKISHER, DEX LAUPER, VINA LOVE, BLACK BEARDED MAN, NEAL EVANS, DAVAUGHN, JULIETTE JONES, AURORA BARNES, MEGHAN TOOHEY, ADAM STRUM, MATT KILMER, ALAN GRUBNER, TEKASHI 6IX9INE, J.P. SAXE, FETTY WAP, REGGIE WATTS, KIMBRA, BANKROL HAYDEN, MYSTO&PIZZI, NICOLE WRAY, AARON NEVILLE, SHANNONE HOLT, NEXxTHURSDAY, A$AP FERG, WAYV, THREE 6 MAFIA, SMOOKY MARGIELAA, BOUBA SAVAGE, CRISTAL, ANN NESBY, DEANTONI PARKS, ELLI ESPI, NOVA, SADA BABY, KING VON, T.J. WALKER, T. GRIZZLY, JONAH SHY, BREAK SCIENCE, BIRDMAN, CHANDANIE O, YELLA BEEZY, KAIRA HASSEL, KUSH BINFLOCKIN, SAM TROCKI, CEE LO, NEON HITCH, SERGIO MENDES, BIG ZUU, DJ PREMIER, LEWIS LOGIC, VIDDY, THE HUMBLE GRAPES, REAL LIVE SHOW, ALLYSA GRAHAM, THAT MEXICAN OT, YNW MELLY, RICO CARTEL, O.A.R., GREGG WATTENBERG, ARI JOSHUA, KJ SAWKA, ROBERT GLASPER, YOUNG STEFF, ADAM DEITCH, BAJAH, VICETONE, JENNIE LAWS, UNIQUE, DANTE THOMAS, SHARIQ TUCKER, KAPPA TANABE, GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, YOUNG DOLPH, BANDPLAY, BADDA TD, HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE, RICH PENA, HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR, SHY GLIZZY, THE FYRE DEPT, KEVIN POWELL, CULTURAL BASTARDS/AARON BURRISON, ROB LEWIS, B.A., Q-TIP, THE D.E.Y., MOBY, CASSIDY, JUNIOR REED, DOUGLASS DENOFF, NASCAR ALOE, PRAYAH, KEVIN MICHAELS, I.AM.SNOWANGEL, CHRIS "DADDY" DAVE, CHRISTIAN McBRIDE, RON BLAKE, TAMIA, BACKSTREET BOYS, SHELLS, F1JO, KIRK JAY, BOBBY LYLE, BOBBI HUMPHREY, QUAVO, OFFSET, TENACIOUS D, JAGGED EDGE, YSN FLOW, KEELY B, BLACK EYED PEAS, THE CLIPSE, BILAL, AJ TRACY, McCLENNEY, YOUNG THUG, THE FUGEES
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"It's like, what makes the flower unique is not just that it's got these petals and colors but how it can take the sunlight and make chlorophyll... And Ari does that; sometimes I forget I'm on Pro Tools 'cause it sounds so nice and warm."
Meshell N'Degeocello, Recording Magazine Aug 2005
"I have literally the best engineer in the world. He hears music, not just hip hop."
"@REThuggz is the best engineer on the east coast"
"Wynter" Diana Gordon, twitter 2009
"Hey! He's fast with the Pro Tools!"
"That's the best bass sound anyone's ever gotten me. My upright sounds like a tree."
"Turn that shit up!"
(Heard at almost every session, regarding the monitor volume knob)
"It's a hit! Smash!"
(Heard at the end of every session -- except jazz sessions)