Singled Out: "Search & Destroy": "Besides Being Connected To Him By My Ex-Girl, We're Both Students Of Alchemist"

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 12:05AM

Written by SOHH for Lee Bannon

[SOHH highlights a hot record each week and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Too Short broke down the science behind his "Trying To Come Up" joint, producer Lee Bannon deciphers how his Chuck Inglish-assisted "Search & Destroy" came together.]

I have albums on my computer that I haven't released. Sometimes I'll wake up and just do an entire album, just experimenting because I work at a certain pace. Basically "Search & Destroy" was done in the time span of about two weeks.

It started off as, litearlly, some techno-jungle sounds and then I slowed it down at the beginning to make it easier for people to get into. Chuck Inglish at the time, and it's funny because he was dating my ex-girlfriend, we're all cool that way, and so I met up with him and then we worked on that.

This all came together with me having all of this equipment, little stuff that I had as a child like a keyboard, and connecting them all together. I broke it down to little things, like when you're crumbling up paper or how you might just hum on a track.

It was a lot of experimentation. I really wanted to tap that side of it. I asked myself how far could I push it. Sampling, for me, I feel like I've mastered it a long time ago. So I wanted to see how far I could take this. In my eyes, it was about sampling the world.

I thought about, "OK, I could bang on the couch and record the sound." That's basically where the foundation was for "Search & Destroy."

Chuck was just a piece that kind of came along after I was already into making the record. He was a good element to it. The whole Fantastic Plastic album is kind of weird and he sort of brought a normal element to it because it was so out there and spacey.

Plus, I really think Chuck's dope. I like what he did on the lyrical side too. It was one of those cool little things. I am looking forward to doing more work with Chuck and the cool thing about me and him, besides being connected to him by my ex-girl, we're both students of Alchemist. We both learned from Alchemist. We're both student of him. Chuck is from Chicago but he's up there at Alchemist's lab.

Lee Bannon is a hip-hop producer from Sacramento, California. His work is spread along the vast hip-hop scene and he has worked with the likes of Talib Kweli, The Alchemist, Big Shug of Gangstarr, Planet Asia, Krondon Phil Da Agony Mitchy Slick Strong Arm Steady, The Jacka, U-n-i, GOOD Music artist, Consequence, Talib Kweli, Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck, Curren$y, Saigon.

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