” K-Def : Unpredictable Gemini “
When K-DEF announced that he was moving away from his MPC to focus more on software programming several years back, I was skeptical…..
I’m not going to go into a long tirade on why I personally prefer hardware over software, but I will say that most of the software related program production I have heard tends to sound overly polished….In my opinion – Hip Hop is supposed to sound raw, it’s supposed to reflect the whole “making something out of nothing” DIY aesthetic….
I have been in state of the art studios with every expensive piece of gear imaginable, and sat in on other artist sessions for extended periods of time without hearing anything remotely flavorful or funky…..Some cats believe that if they stay “up to date” with all the new gadgets that somehow their music will become magically better, which is laughable at best…With that being said, I have to admit that after years of tinkering with his newfound approach – K DEF has actually convinced me that you can incorporate old sampling techniques and make them cleaner and bigger without sacrificing that “GRIT”…….
On “Unpredictable Gemini” KD displays a mastery of sonic engineering (listen to this on headphones if you think I’m bullshitting), cracking drums, layering, EQing, and all types of other shit that will make any self respecting producer wonder, “how in the fuck did he do that”?
Is it a perfect album, no….Is it something I will play all the time, no…But did he pull of some amazing shit that has yet to be done in this world of creative sampling – the answer is simply, YES…..