I’m a little behind with recording new Reason tutorials. I made one a few days ago but eventually scrapped it, as it turned out to be a bit boring. Back to the drawing board, I suppose. I have, however, been busy working on a new song and this one is a bit different.
It all started some time ago when I got a bit obsessed with a new hip-hop record from Estonian artists Genka and Paul Oja, While listening to the record, I was google’ing around and found a video of Genka talking about hip-hop culture in general. The rabbit hole got deeper when I noticed the name Aesop Rock on one of his slides. “The rapper with the most complex, abstract and verbose lyrics, eh?” I thought… “Well, let’s just have a listen…” It turns out, his records are amazing. I got hooked and even ordered “Labor days” on vinyl – my first and hopefully not last hip-hop vinyl.
Now, this is not the first time I have been excited about rap music. I used to listen to a lot of Eminem as a teenager and I’ve always loved the Beastie Boys. And while I didn’t like Genka’s records all that much before, Chalice (also a hip-hop artist) has been one of my favorite Estonian artists from his second album. These obsessions have however, never lead to much creative work – I have never made a hip-hop track myself. This time, it was different though and after finding a background I had recorded a while ago, I figured it was perfect for some rapping and I should give it a shot. The first 10 takes were horrible but in the end I was quite happy with the song. Give a listen yourself:
I owe a great thanks to Helene Urva, who wrote and recorded the vocal parts heard in the background. I want to also thank my friend Nima, who got me the amazing Setar (the instrument I play in this song) from Iran.