Anonymous asked: As a producer, don't you believe your ear is limited if you can only enjoy certain types of music and more specifically hip hop. For example Kanye's newer stuff, sure his lyrics aren't amazing but the beats amazing. Personally, I feel producers have to switch it up instead of sticking to the same old formula. It's more exciting and how versatile they are. Your thoughts ?
Yes, you’re limited if you only listen to hip hop. But Hip Hop itself is an amalgamation of soul, jazz, funk, blues etc, so technically you’re not just listening to “hip hop”.
my argument for Kanye was that instead of becoming a household name off being a rich prick whose “misunderstood” and disconnected from reality…he could’ve remained the go-to dude for hot beats/singles on a record.
Time was, Ye had the hottest beat on every record from like 2001-2002 on, and was usually featured on it too, and he’d wreck it. But times change, I get that.
"It’s something about that Nina Simone-piano flow
It’s like a Michaelangelo painted a portrait of Maya Angelou
And gave it to a sick poet for they antidote
….And don’t let nobody with the power to sign
Ever tell you you ain’t got the power to rhyme
They used to tell me toughen up
Put some bass in your voice
They used to tell me lighten up
Put some Mase in your voice
Lord willin’ I ain’t killed nobody
But I have a feelin’ this album
That I’m gonna make a killin’
This is love it or hate it music
But, at least we made it music
And we didn’t make it industry
This is gon’ be interesting
This’ll be the end of me or I’m finna’ be an entity” - “Get By remix”
I mean…..show me the last song where Ye had some bars like that, and if it’s in the 2010s, I’ll stand corrected…and he made that beat…it was happening regularly. I don’t blame him for taking his talent and becoming what he is now…underground is where the rats are. But as a personal fan of that style of hip hop, it was like Christmas every week seein songs like “Get By” featuring Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes & Ye drop. We’d label a track like that today as an underground banger…but it was getting mainstream shine, like when “Slow Jamz” and “Overnight Celebrity” were on the radio instead of Bieber, Taylor Swift, and Iggy Koopa.
*picks up cane, gets out of rocking chair and hobbles away”