What’s beat-making, if not fiddling with a few buttons, right? Surprise: producing a beat isn’t an easy task, contrary to what your run-of-the-mill DJ would have you believe. But for someone like El-P—veteran producer and Def Jux leader—it’s essentially cakewalk. Mass Appeal recently played some Rhythm Roulette with Jamie, and blindfolded, he was asked to select three records at random and make a beat with them. It’s always interesting to see a master of his craft going at it, so this is a neat little glimpse into the mind of El-P (in which it finds Beethoven highly overrated—you know, because “it’s been done”). Watch El-P make a beat above.
Watch El-P Make a Beat Out of Three Random Records