When talking about music production in hip-hop, Kanye West must be in the discussion. Even with his controversial public antics and Twitter rants, Kanye's iconic sample game combined with his amazing ability to reinvent himself musically makes him one of the most defining musicians of the 21st century. I consider Kanye as an influence on my work due to his skill at production and ability to incorporate so much into his music.
Next up is the English band responsible for some true modern classics. Radiohead's musical genius never fails to impress, and their quality almost never declines, even through the various drastic switches of genre and instrumentation. The idea that a indie rock band could make an incredible electronic album seems preposterous now, and this is after Radiohead already pulled it off. Radiohead is a large influence on me because of the range of emotions that they are able to convey through a range of different styles, genres, and types of music.
When looking at rap, the most revered names are icons from before the 2010's. However, one name manages to break through that barrier due to his inability to make subpar music. Kendrick Lamar is a modern legend in every way. His lyricism, wordplay, production choice and ability to work on any type of beat makes him such a standout name. He influences my work with just his sheer musical exploration.
Frank Ocean is such a mysterious figure in modern music. His strategy of releasing music with such large gaps and his relatively low profile in public life makes him such an intriguing individual. The fact that his music is incredible helps. Frank always manages to communicate such pure emotion through his songs, which have such a heightened sense of reality. This is probably due to the fact that he waited years before releasing blond so he could experience life. Frank is a huge influence on me due to his ability to incorporate such strange sounds that communicate such pure emotion.