In his recent NY Times interview Hip Hop’s current vogue producer Lex Luger mentions that he wishes to branch out from his signature sound to work with artists. We have heard this from other hit producers and it just hasn’t happened, usually most drive “their sound” (sometimes not their own fault) into the ground. Meanwhile this 20 year old producer has already branched out and created an entirely different sounding hit.
This Wale single (originally off the MMG Self Made compilation, not on Wale sophmore Lp Ambition) sees Luger sample Curtis Mayfield’s glossy soul and craft what i imagine what Frank Sinatra would rap over if he wanted to. Whether it’s his “trap” sound or this Luger sure does know when to keep things minimal when need be.