The past 7 years hip-hop has sucked bad. Too commercial, they don't sample, all keyboard beats and generic crap. Rap is not as great as it was because back in the day we used everything we could to rock. Even if it was just a bob james beat, a james brown sample, or a billy squire big beat. The best thing about it was the possibilities. I blame Puff Daddy.
Biggy was amazing. Whatever Biggy did was an instant classic. When he died hip-hop died. Puffy sampled whole songs, then the other rappers followed. They weren't taking snips and remixing them, they stole whole songs. The younger generation wasn't familiar with the songs of the 70's and 80's. They thought that the songs were written by produced by the rap groups.
I can name a ton of these covers, I don't have time. But what I am saying is I have been producing for 20 years. My Dad knows. He has witnessed me and my rap group putting on shows in huge nightclubs in NY. Like 3000 people huge. But since I moved south I am away from all my boys. We talk every week and they are doing amazing hip hop also. But I think, this album I wanted it to be the way it should be. Real.
I used old songs, new songs, a variety. But the difference between a rap album and a classic is this. If you bob your head to every song on the album it's going to be a classic. If only 1 or 2 songs on an album are good, you are Vanilla.
I have had about 15 people this week ask me to make an R&B radio friendly mickstape. I refuse. Even my wife asked me. I could do one in 2 days and it would be the best one out there, but see I am not doing this for other people anymore. I don't work for anyone. I am doing this for me. If other people like it too then great. If not, I don't mind. I know I did the best album released in 2007. Wether anyone hears it or not, well that is what makes underground awesome. The sleeper albums. When you discover them they feel like they are your little secret. When they go mainstream they lose their fans. I probably could have gone all commercial and sold out my soul. I chose to go with graphic design for a living. I don't mind selling out there, it's my job. But my music is personal.
Kind of like this website. I like the small community sometimes. Same with music. I don't like the bog ass commmercial shit, I like the underground nobody has heard of. Kind of like us.