Guest Star: "Kanye West Really Wants To Make The Grammy-Winning Album Of The Year Every Year"
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 11:15PM
[With Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne album having recently reached platinum status, contributing producer Ken Lewls reflects on the LP's expected longstanding effect and other rap stars teaming up for joint efforts.]
Certainly not taking anything away from Jay-Z and Kanye West, but Drake and Lil Wayne were almost on every song together for the longest. It's not like they did a dedicated Watch the Throne record but that seems to have been the growing trend for quite a while, just everybody getting on everybody else's records.
I think the idea for Watch the Throne was born, and this is only a guess, was born from the studio during the time of Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. First, Jay and Kanye are so close. Second, Jay was around Kanye for a lot of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I think Jay and Kanye genuinely like working together and they are genuinely creative around each other.
They probably thought, "Well sh*t, why don't we make a seminal, legendary hip-hop album?" I think whatever Kanye does, he tries to outdo what he did last. He really wants to make the Grammy-winning Album of the Year every year, every time out. He's got a pretty successful track record for getting that award.
I guess we'll find out in about four weeks if we get any [Grammy] nods for Watch the Throne and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I think they just wanted to make a great, back to the roots, back to the essence of hip-hop record.
My Dark Twisted Fantasy wasn't necessarily a higher production value, it was just a different production value. It was more cinematic. That album was like watching a movie and Watch the Throne was like putting on one of my favorite hip-hop records. Kind of getting back to the roots.
Ken Lewis is an award-winning producer who has worked closely with Kanye West and Jay-Z along with mixed records for Drake and Rick Ross. His credits include 7 Grammy's, 57 Gold and Platinum albums and singles, 35 #1 albums and singles, and 16 more Grammy nominations, so far. He's produced on Billboard Charting singles and #1 Albums, major label rock records, critically acclaimed indie rock albums, and major label hip hop & R&B records. He is a platinum producer and has worked on Grammy-winning projects as a mixer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and engineer.