King L recently sat down with XXL to talk about what it was like going to Paris to record with Kanye and how it's affected him. I grabbed a few quotes from the interview, but you can really tell that it was a humbling experience for King L and he appreciated the opportunity.
"I believe two or three months ago [John Monopoly] broke the news to me that I was going to be working with ‘Ye on the album and going to Paris and everything. I was like, ‘Get the fuck out of here.’ Before I knew it though I was going to get my passport, and then I was boarding the flight, and then seven hours later I was in Paris. This was my first time being out the country, so it was, like, an accomplishment for me that way as well."
"From seeing him on TV and shit, they’ll make you think he’s just a monster, arrogant motherfucker. But when I met him, he makes you feel like you guys are cool. He from Chicago so that bond, and knowing how people from Chicago is…I don’t know, we was cool."
"Working on this, it was good for my craft and for me. It made me work harder and believe in myself. Now I believe in myself way more. I just went there to work, and what was chosen out of my work is what you hear on the album."
Then unexpectedly he briefly talked about how Future and Ma$e were both in Paris at the studio while he was there.
"I wasn’t really, like, nervous or anything. And then the songs that he heard that I did, he was feeling the shit. Ma$e was there, I was out there writing with him. Future was there. All of these people who I’ve seen on TV, and now I’m in the studio working with these people. It gives you a whole new look on life."
For me the thought of Ye and Future doing a song together has endless possibilities, that I hope one day come to life.
Shout out to XXL, and for the entire interview click here.
G.O.O.D. Friday indeed. Earlier today saw the leak of Yeezus and since then the interwebs have been a stir with quick-hit reviews that seemingly range from classic to trash with no in between. Accompanying today's release are a few noteworthy tidbits and fun links, beginning with the image above as a hilarious take on the album cover (via Reddit).
Let's begin with a fun guide of all the pop culture references in 'Ye's lyrics. Complex is on top of that.
One notable lyric for sneakerheads was Kanye's allusion to the Air Yeezy II "Red Octobers". Modern Notoriety with the breakdown.
Saving my favorite for third is a podcast with New York Times writer Jon Caramanica, who conducted the fascinating, and lone interview with Kanye earlier this week. He enlightens us on how 'Ye was talking and delivering the words that made the paper, noting he was as calm and "lucid" as he's ever been. Plus some details into the creative process of the album 48 hours before it had to be tuned in, and an overall engaging discussion of his music, artistry, and how there's no other creative parallel to 'Ye trying to do what he's doing in other avenues like fashion. That's just the gist. Listen to the full podcast here (a must!).
One more story comes courtesy of Scott Vener (Entourage's music director) who shared an awesome story from 2004 about Kanye demanding attention to his performance before The College Dropout came out, out of the pure confidence in himself and his artistry. That description doesn't do it justice, but this quick-read will.
Finally, King L shared details with MTV News about the creative process behind "Send It Up", how he freestyled his verse/hook, and how the production changed from when he recorded it to the final product today. As I tweeted below too, this one's going to tear up the clubs this summer.
Chicago producers Odd Couple connect with a few local MC's on this newly released record serving as a memoriam to "Pink Champale," a tasty beverage that once was. Dope bars from King L, Mikey Dollaz, and Big Colour above. Odd Couple's new beat tape Odd Couple Beat Tape Vol.1 set to be released next month.