It’s been more than two decades since Dr. Dre created the iconic “2001” album. The classic 1999 album recently re-entered the Billboard charts. JAY-Z’s engineer Young Guru shed some light on the origins of the album.
“Dre put that clarity and more importantly, he put that depth into the music. So I have to praise and thank you for that, because that’s my go-to,” he said during an interview with FAQ podcast.
At one point during the interview, podcast host Fuzzy called Dre. This sparked an in-depth conversation about the 1999 smash hit. Dre provided some insight into the creation of his sophomore album.
“That particular record, I was really going bass-heavy with it, but trying to keep the mids and the tops right. But still trying to make sure it sounded like some gritty sh*t. You know what it is trying to get that balance.
“A lot of times, at least back then, I was mixing the vocals a little bit too loud because it’s a little trick you learn along the way, once you get into mastering if you want to add bass to your sh*t the vocals calm down. So I would always mix the vocals just a little bit loud, that way, you can add bass, and the vocals would still sit on top of it comfortably.”
Dre crafted a classic that is still in playlists of rap fans all over the planet. We’ll wait for the next episode, but in the meantime, we’re pretty sure nobody has forgotten about Dre yet.
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