James Fauntleroy and Larrance ‘Rance’ Dopson on Guiding the Next Generation of Music Professionals Through 1500 Sound Academy

Fresh off of collaborating on new DJ Khaled single “Sorry Not Sorry” with hip-hop rivals-turned-friends Jay-Z and Nas, singer-songwriter and general music multi-hyphenate James Fauntleroy has a lot to celebrate. “It was an early birthday present, it’s awesome to have an opportunity to do anything that gets heard by anyone,” he says. “It’s such a miracle to be a part of something that so many people can be impacted by or enjoy — it’s mindblowing.”

Fauntleroy’s humility is sincere, but alongside producer and multi-instrumentalist Larrance “Rance” Dopson, his song credits for Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar and other luminaries has made his resumé the sort that producers and songwriters in the R&B and hip-hop lanes have long aspired to. Just last week, J. Cole dropped his latest album The Off-Season, where Fauntleroy was featured alongside Dreamville rapper Bas on final track “hunger.on.hillside,” Meanwhile, Dopson’s production was instrumental on Grammy-nominated albums from Nipsey Hussle (Victory Lap), Jay Electronica (A Written Testimony) and D Smoke (Black Habits) — and at the 2018 Grammys, he nabbed a best R&B song trophy for his songwriting on Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up.”