Roosevelt Harrell III (born in Norfolk, Virginia) professionally known as Bink is a Grammy winning hip hop producer who is noted for his work with Roc-A-Fella Records artists. His most high-profile work has been Jay-Z’s critically acclaimed album The Blueprint, for which he produced three tracks, including the first and last tracks on the album. He is sometimes credited as Bink!, Bink Dawg or B. Dog. In 2011, Bink and American-reggae artist Atiba finished a collaborative album titled Foreigner. A release date for the project has yet to be announced.
For producer Bink!, finding new inspiration to renter the rap game came with a single phone call and beat. After catching wind of few of Hip-Hop’s most esteemed producers flying out to Hawaii to work with Kanye West on his new album, the Virgina native simply picked up his cell and dialed an old friend.
“I was working on the Dynasty album when Kanye started coming around Roc-A-Fella. It’s like we just had a mutual respect for each other,” Bink! tells VIBE. “He used to come by my house, and we would ‘beat spar,’ going head to head with new beats.”
Almost immediately after Bink! played his first instrumental for ‘Ye, he knew that the record that would become “Devil In A New Dress” was a keeper. “The reaction I got from him after I played the beat for the first time was real intense,” Bink! remembers. “I mean ‘Ye just doesn’t react to music if it’s not genuine.”