It’s good to know that at least one of those annoying kids who would drum on everything in school actually went on to do something impressive. Exile was involved in two excellent 2009 releases. His own Radio was an experimental hip-hop mini-epic as he crafted all of the beats using samples from an actual radio. He also produced the entirety of Fashawn’s debut, Boy Meets World.
And most recently, Exile was filmed/interviewed by the folks over at Yours Truly. He details his younger days as a finger-drummer, beat boxer, and then actual drummer. One of the more interesting moments is how he describes basically suctioning his ear to a crosswalk sign as he tapped its sides. But the most intriguing segments come when he displays his skills on the MPC, finger-tapping some crazy breaks and altering them seamlessly.
Also, according to another interview with The Mash Up, Exile has several projects in the works for this year. They include another Emanon album with Aloe Blacc, a Radio remix project, collaborative albums with Blu and aDaD, respectively, and his own rap record.