Get inside the mind of the Strange Music sound with DJ Booth’s profile of in-house producer Seven.
The man behind “Midwest Choppers”, “He’s A Mental Giant”, “Come Gangsta” and too many more to name is given a spotlight in “Behind The Boards”, a running segment from DJBooth.net that profiles some of hip hop’s current and game-shaking beatsmiths.
In this article we learn about Seven’s history with Strange Music, how working with Tech N9ne was almost a calling and his process of producing, which includes much live instrumentation to create the “violently epic” style of production that has become a Seven trademark.
Check out how long it took to make “Come Gangsta”. There’s a reason why it’s one of the most epic songs you’ve ever heard.
When I made that beat, I worked on it for three days; it was the longest I’ve ever spent on a beat. I worked for 12 hours every single day just arranging it all. I wasn’t talking to him at the time, I was just putting together all of these parts–this harpsichord part and this acoustic part that all had intricate patterns–and I thought this is would be so dope if he could follow all of these patterns exactly how I wrote them. So I gave him the track, he liked it a lot, called me a little while later to check it out….It was exactly the way that I made it. I didn’t tell him anything. I just gave him the track and he did it exactly the way I made it.
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