Top Dawg Entertainment’s in-house producer Sounwave has worked with Kendrick Lamar since he was 16 years-old.
He contributed to K. Dot’s Section 80 mixtape, good kid m.A.A.d city and he’s credited on more than half of To Pimp A Butterfly.
Sounwave recently spoke to XXL about his involvement in Kendrick’s latest and how it all came together.
The producer, who also serves as T.D.E.’s A&R explained to the Hip Hop publication that he and Kendrick began working on To Pimp A Butterfly shortly after the release of good kid, m.A.A.d city.
“Literally, a week after good kid, m.A.A.d city we were on tour, and probably a week passed and we started bouncing ideas off each other, trying to vibe out, thinking about plans and whatnot, trying to get to the next step you could say,” Sounwave says. “But Kendrick, he just never wants to stop working.”
The overall process for crafting To Pimp A Butterfly was very similar to working on Kendrick’s previous offerings.
“I’ve been working with this kid since he was 16, there’s no difference,” Sounwave says.
“It’s basically the same process. Only difference was we were a little busy this time just on tour the majority of the time, but other than that it was the same process, same scenario.”
Although he’s credited on the opening track “Wesley’s Theory” featuring George Clinton, Sounwave says he “missed that session.”
“I was so mad I missed that session,” Sounwave says. “They just came back with so many great stories.”
Up next, T.D.E.’s top producer says he’s finishing up Jay Rock’s album, and working with Schoolboy Q.
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