“It’s not what I’m used to doing; I wanted to do the album my regular way,” Premier explains, while acknowledging that the painstaking and costly process of clearing samples would never keep him from his preferred method of beatmaking. “A horn from one record, a ‘yeah’ from another record, a loop from another; my traditional style. It took a little pushing. But Royce was really into Adrian’s music, and what sold me on the idea was a conversation. Adrian and I clicked on our understanding of music. He explained to me why he does the sound that he does. He said he’s only into the years 1968-73, because it seemed like those are the years hip-hop grabs on to to really make the funky beats that we make. From there he gave me his catalog, and I just started picking around.”
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