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Kanye West Details How Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G. & J Dilla Influenced His Sound

Posted By on May 29, 2014

Kanye West took part in Jeff Broadway‘s  upcoming Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton (This is Stones Throw Records) documentary. In the documentary, West details how people like Notorious B.I.G and J. Dilla influenced his sound.

“It’s amazing,” West says. “How could we lose Biggie, Pac, Dilla, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson? It almost feels like the Devil’s winning. We gotta make music and think, ‘If Dilla was alive, would he like this?’ I have to work on behalf of Dilla.”

“When I put a weird-ass Jamaican sample, it works at first but it’s not until I put the [makes discordant musical noise] that it sounds like art or sounds slightly wrong,” he adds. “And now it’ll go to the radio now that it’s wrong, motherfucker. Now play this. Play this 5-minute song that completely fucks up your programming. The best respect that we can pay to great artists that have inspired us so much is to never sell out.”


Check out some exclusive footage from Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton below: