I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Warryn Campbell, an established multi-instrumentalist, record producer, performer, singer-songwriter, and owner of MyBlock Inc Records.
From a boy who grew up in south central Los Angeles, to a multi-award-winning (4 Grammy’s, 8 Dove and 1 Stellar) producer having many exceptional talents, he has worked with some of the best in the music industry. But what do you call someone who is proficient in over three skills? A triple threat would be an understatement because there is no limit to what Campbell can do.
A visionary before his time, Campbell got his start as a session musician and producer under the tutelage of DJ Quik on his third album, Safe + Sound.
As a producer, his productions have moved tons of records. Some of his credits include Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Erica Campbell, and Music Soulchild to name a few. He has likewise received multiple Grammy nominations and awards for his work with Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Mary Mary, and Missy Elliott.
On November 26, 2021, Campbell will re-deliver his compilation “WARRYN CAMPBELL PRESENTS MY BLOCK INC.” A 10-song diverse collection of his musical family to include songs from The Walls Group, Lena Byrd Miles, Jason McGee & The Choir, Jason Champion, Mc Lyte, Toni Estes, and Joi Starr. But getting here had its hiccups.
The initial release of the compilation is the epitome of “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht,” an old Yiddish proverb meaning, “Man Plans, and God Laughs.”
“In 2019, I was working on the compilation to release it on September 25th,” states Campbell. “This is when Kanye was doing his Sunday Service and asked me to preach at a location in the mountains.” After the service Kanye invited Campbell to one of his studios as he wanted him to work on his ‘Jesus is King’ project. It was then that he found out that Sept 25th was both their release dates.
Changing his release date was an easy decision, but there was another surprise. “I moved my date to October 25th and Kanye unknowingly changed his release date to the 25th,” laughs Campbell.
Once he began moving forward with a 2020 release, the pandemic hit. “I had video shoots set up for each song at the house I grew up in on 52nd and Normandie, and everything came to a halt. 2020 was like a fire and a lot of things got lost, one being my compilation.”
Fast forward, Kanye drops another album in 2021 and as Campbell says, ‘it literally took over the Billboard gospel charts.’ “Now, I think he’s done for a while. I least I hope so. November is our golden month. The project is coming out, regardless.”
However, if you know the perfectionist in Campbell, he’s tweaked the original, giving it more legs than before.
In 2022, Campbell’s work-life balance will stretch as he rolls out new music with a new distribution partnership with Claude Villani’s SRG/ILS Group.
I sat down with Campbell for a deeper conversation. It’s time to get to know more about the man they call “Baby Dubb.” The man whose smile lights up a room. The man that will pray for you at the drop of a dime; and the man who will give you the shirt off his back with no questions asked.
Q. When did you know you wanted to be in the music industry?