Some things are just a natural fit. Others, like say a legendary ‘70s soul singer from D.C and a rapper from Brooklyn may not seem like one in the same but, as it turns out, they couldn’t be more perfect for one another. – DJBooth.net
DJ Booth: The Yasiin Gaye Projects might be the newest, and the most popular, but you have about a billion other mash-up albums. What is it about these kinds of projects appeals to you?
AG:I’ve always been into narrative and storytelling, alternate universe type stuff. Not only with music but just in general, so when I do a “mashup” or conceptual collaboration, I like to build different scenarios in my head of the two artist creating and performing together. I see it as an exercise in sampling/beat-making as well. Each project challenges me in a new way and forces me to think outside the box within the limitations I impose on myself. I learn something new with each release, not just about the artist I sample but about myself, so my production style is constantly evolving as a result of that. For me, these projects make me a more well-rounded producer, more active as a listener and more appreciative as a fan.
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