This is what I expected Pink Friday to sound like. Raw, brash, ballsy, intense.
Instead we go that bubblegum poppy shit which made me deny to all ends I actually liked Nicki Minaj.
Roman’s back and I’m in love again
It’s no secret that a huge bulk of Kanye’s repertoire is sampled. That however doesn’t mean he’s unoriginal.That argument is insulting and is really only a reflection of detractors personal gripes with Kanye “Imma Let You Finish” aka “George Bush’s a Racist” aka “I’m the Greatest Artist of my Generation” West.
Artists get inspiration from other artists be it with writing styles, ways of performing, dressing etc. Just look at Chris Brown, who is heavily influenced by Michael Jackson, who in turn emulated James Brown, who was inspired by Little Richard and Ray Charles. Somehow none of the above are remembered for borrowing bits of other artists and turning it into their own unique signature style.
But that’s exactly what Mr. West has done. Turned to inspiration from other artists from a dizzying array of genre’s into a sound that is undoubtedly his. I listen to this and cannot help to be swept away grinning in amazement at how someone can hear one thing, and flip it into an engaging cocktail (ok ok Jungle Juice) with multiple hints of “je ne sais quoi.”
But you do know it’s familiar, you know it shouldn’t fit. Yet somehow it does, and it takes you on a ride like no other.
And it sounds like another Fela Lovechild. Sans the horns for now anyway.
For now its basic drums, straight out of some tourist trap in Accra and a funky ass bass. My lawd
It’s only 23seconds for now, but I’m happy with it. Need the horns and maybe a keyboard and i’ll be set. Unless I want to put vocals on it.
Or maybe I can continue dreaming. Taking bets on whether I’ll even go ahead with one more layer or just fuck around tumblr till bedtime.
It’s true! Instant quotables, street cred wisdom, radical honesty, and trash-talking aplenty to be had in our chat with Diplo here. A sampling:
GQ: When someone asks you what you do, what do you tell them?
Diplo: I’d say I’m just a creative person, I like to make stuff. Music, art, film, but the best way to reach people no matter what is doing shows, where there are a thousand kids in a different city every night. I’m a distributor of different things, whether it’s the stuff we do on our label or stuff I produce. I’m a cultural distributor, I guess.
GQ: How do you find the time to make music?
Diplo: Today I was trying to sleep, it was a tiny jet that took us from San Francisco to Kansas, but I usually work on the planes. I get rough ideas. With a good Bloody Mary I can watch whatever Miley Cyrus movie is on the plane, work a little, and get inspired that way. I’m home a lot. I spend most time rushing out ideas, like when you put an idea together, it’s the tip of the iceberg, the rest of the iceberg is mixing it and delivering it, you know? There are so many iceberg tips, for every ten thousand tips, I have a hundred icebergs. Big, giant icebergs, you know? You gotta weed out what works, what goes which way, and just kinda wrap it up.
GQ: You’re probably one of the most famous people in the industry that doesn’t sing or rap.
Diplo: A lot of producers get famous because they decide to be superstars for their own reasons, but I’m inspired by Timbaland and Pharrell and Swizz Beatz ‘cause they’re doing things that are so different. I like how they’re introducing ideas I never would have thought of. The same way I love Radiohead. We’re in a different world where we aren’t selling as many records as we used to, but everything I do has gotta be a part of the brand, a part of the Internet presence, the art side of things, you work really hard being just everywhere. The new tool is doing everything. Putting out everything you can. What Lil B does, he puts out thousands of songs. It’s not about the quality, but it got him famous because you can’t get away from him. They were so obsessed with his honesty and his outright craziness, you know? It’s not even about quality. You just gotta do everything you can.
Introducing Kimbra. Just copped her album “Vows” which draws upon a host of influences to bear a unique sound.
This is one of my favorites and standouts from the album.
Making one now. Somber with a tinge of defiance brewed up in the old west.
Imagine BB King with a banjo in the 1800’s.
Perfect for the moment. Rain pouring, locked in my crib, lazying and reflecting.
Remember hearing this live and being swept by it.
Easily one of my favorite Freshlyground songs.
OMFG. This is perfectly in sync with a beat I’m making right now.
Guess I’m about to make a banger. Pun intended
—Feeling Funky 3
Can’t stop playing this. Amazing from Sway, last verse threw me off.
Catching up on some music from the Motherland. Really surprised the extent music from home has changed. Not a fan of the Naija sounds we’re trying to emulate, nor the auto-tune and pop trends that are trying to break in. I love nigerian music in nigeria, my auto-tune an pop (sparingly) here and Ghanaian music staying Ghanaian. It’s why I love 5Five’s “Move Back” to death; it’s pure, raw GH.
Might post my faves later. When I’m done doing the work I skipped class to do.