Here’s what we know so far about Kanye West’s follow-up to Yeezus: 1) he wants it to be to be his “Born in the U.S.A” and 2) it’s could feature production from James Blake. Now, rising producer Evian Christ, one of six producers on the Yeezus cut “I’m In It”, has revealed that he’s also contributing to West’s seventh studio album.
In an interview with self-titled, the newly-minted G.O.O.D Music signee said that Kanye recently wrote him an email requesting an “Otis Redding-style beat”, adding, “He wants something that sounds a bit like Otis Redding, a bit like Mobb Deep.”
Though, as Christ explained, what that means musically isn’t always clear, as West just seems interested in pushing aesthetic boundaries as far into the Avant as possible. “Kanye is the one dude who’s like, ‘This is not experimental enough. This is too poppy. Make something else.’ The other guys are like, ‘We don’t get it.’”
Even still, Christ, whose also gotten work requests from Drake, Rick Ross, and Tyga,admitted that Kanye’s actually a “dream to work with”, adding that “no one else gives you that level of creative freedom. When he wants you to work to a blueprint, the blueprint is: ‘Don’t make a rap beat. Anything but a rap beat.’”
While we’ll have to wait for West’s LP, Christ lets us know where his head’s at creatively with a remix of Young Thug’s 2013 single “Stoner”. Though subtle, Christ’s reworking spins the song from the realm of mere trap to some oddball EDM hybrid. Applied with a real sense of strategy, spurts of random drum and bass and builds that lead to nowhere only further enhance the song’s innately trippy vibes. If this passed by Kanye’s desk, I’m sure it’d receive a healthy nod of approval at the very least.
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