Broken Record Kenny Beats + Rick Rubin, Part 2

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Since his first conversation with Rick, Kenny Beats’ star has continued to rise. In the past couple of years he has produced songs with Ed Sheeran, Da Baby and Vince Staples. He’s also taken several trips to the UK, and produced over 30 songs with British artists like FKA Twigs and Slowthai. Today, Kenny explains how for the first time in the history of hip-hop, an American sub-genre made its way across the pond to the UK, only to come back to the States in an updated form that is now influencing American rappers. Kenny and Rick also talk about why they don’t care about understanding English rappers’ slang, and how a group of German classical musicians are co-producing some of the biggest hip-hop records today.
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Rick Rubin

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Malcolm Gladwell

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Justin Richmond

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Bruce Headlam

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