When different music genres collaborate, it diversifies the intensity, sparks curiosity, and opens the door towards unprecedented possibilities. Hip Hop and rock have kept that door wide open since Run-DMC mashed with Aerosmith on “Walk This Way”, which led to fortified international stardom for both parties.
In the 2000’s we witnessed collaborations between the virtual band Gorillaz and Oakland rapper Del Funky Homosapien on “Clint Eastwood”, Big Pun and Incubus on “Still Not A Player”, Kid Cudi and MGMT on “The Pursuit of Happiness”, and hip hop mogul Jay-Z with Linkin Park to create Collision Course, a 6-track project that fused both groups greatest hits at the time. The list is nearly endless, and it still continues into the 2010’s.
Then comes BADBADNOTGOOD (aka BBNG), a band that took over the spotlight in hip hop within recent years. The jazzy instrumental group hailing from Toronto, Ontario is known for working with rappers Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Wu-Tang Clan, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah, Freddie Gibbs, Goldlink, Snoop dogg and more.
The band started off playing Gucci Mane covers in their hometown to later become the backing band for Frank Ocean at Coachella in 2012. The group members include Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Leland Whitty on saxophone, and Alexander Sowinski on drums.
BADBADNOTGOOD’s bassist Chester Hansen recalls the band’s union through their love for MF DOOM and mentions, “This is one of my favorite albums [Mm..Food] of all time, if I had to pick one rapper to listen alone on a desert island with”, on an episode of Amoeba Hollywood’s What’s In My Bag YouTube series.
Later on in their career the group collaborated with MF DOOM and Ghostface Killah on “Ray Gun”:
From 2013 and so on, the band produced records like “Float On” by Danny Brown, “Hoarse” by Earl Sweatshirt, “Growing Pains III (Under Pressure)” by Logic, “0 to 100” by Drake, and “Sex With Me” by Rihanna. Most recently, they’re found in the music video on “Get You” by Daniel Caesar.
Their most notable production in 2017 sits in “LUST.” by Kendrick Lamar.
However, BADBADNOTGOOD’s live sessions is what can really get you hooked. They’ve managed to remix songs like “Ultimate” by Denzel Curry and “Orange Juice” by Tyler, the Creator in their live sessions.
BBNG has worked with some hip hop legends, diversified the hip hop sound to sound like their own, and has completed a laundry list of milestones to build relationships between bands and rap artists. This group of producers is someone to look out for in 2018, especially since they’re incognito about the rappers they’ve produced for. Consider them as the super producers of 2010’s generation of hip hop.
If you’d like to hear some of the band’s musical inspirations, check out their playlist on Late Night Tales that includes Charlotte Day Wilson, Daniel Ceasar, Thundercat, and The Beach Boys.
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