Kenny Beats is a hip-hop producer who’s been making beats and producing songs for other artists since 2010. He’s got a long list of collaborations, with rappers like Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs, and Denzel Curry. In 2022, he did something he wasn’t really ever expecting to do, which was to release an album of his own. The album is called Louie, and it’s a tribute to Kenny’s father.
I talked to Kenny about the song “Still,” the first song he made specifically for this project. It features guest vocals from JPEGMafia and Omar Apollo, and a sample from gospel singer Linda Kemp. Louie includes a lot of tracks where you can hear Kenny’s dad’s voice, and even though "Still" isn’t one of them, as Kenny explains, his relationship with his dad is embedded in the song’s DNA.
For more, visit songexploder.net/kenny-beats.
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hip hop producer has been producing songs and making beats rather artists since twenty ten,
a long list of collaboration with wrappers like vince staples, Freddy gibbs and then sell currie, but in
when you twenty two, he did something he wasn't really ever expecting to do, which was truly
now some of his own, the album
called louis, and it's a tribute to his father I talked to
any about the song still
the first song he made specifically for this project if features guest vocals from
a peg mafia and our apollo and a sample
gospel, singer, linda camp
includes a lot of tracks where you can hear kenny's dad's voice and even
still isn't. One of them, as Kenny, explains his.
I should, with his dad, is deeply embedded in the songs. Dna
My name is candidates.
it was early. Twenty twenty one I was in bath, england recording a man called idols and
My dad calls me and tells me he has cancer. My name is kenneth, Charles bloom, the third,
And my dad's name is chemist charles boom, the second and we ve been through a lot of stuff before
sickness was ever a worry by dad's overdose. Twice
him getting sober and the journey we ve had our own personal relationship was more than
to bear as it was so when he called me and told me his pancreatic cancer, it just
kind of overwhelming, but the first thing I
did was fined. All
The recordings I could of him- and I will be back here with more music boy
one or three point: zero kicked out here. We go
in the nineties when you go over somebody's house and you would bring maybe
your bottle of wine or something you cooked for potluck. My dad would bring a cassette. He may be
makes tapes. Anybody
it's personalize it and say their name at the start, and he would do this radio announcer voice. Welcome to one or three point: six fm. This is your host ken bloom and sometimes he'd. Have me come on and say hi this is.
kenny, jr junior the high and can groom giving here
playing one tape with me and my keyboard and my dad's helping me out and have a happy turkey day. You don't have to put your lips. I just read about their work, saying
not that come in right about there. We are one of the three point. Six of them
and it was such a weird thing and people got a kick out of it, and I knew he was always more
out of them and he said he went to broadcasting school and
history- was to be on the radio and it never paid out and so he'd make these tapes
all right, then that was my son. Canada blown the third doing a little
Improvisational stick here for us today at the perch on a father's day june. Sixteen nineteen hundred ninety six,
He always made the castle,
What's he made for that one moment, this tape is all,
for them in the whole world. That's why he always did what he did and so
I had this idea to make a project and give it to my dad- and I was like I'm a real
producer. Now. What? If I could make my dad?
this realise version of what he used to do, and that was now
anything that I ever thought was gonna go to the public at the start,
like, what can I make him.
I started the album december first, twenty one
I was working on ramona park broke my heart for been staples at the time, and we had
a song that needed a new sample. So I was home and I was kind of just looking through stuff looking through stuff, looking through
stuff and I was listening to gospel records and samples?
to try to just gettin spied for a cord change.
And I heard when the cab
She started say already known:
and as it played
instead of thinking about a lover, an axe-
something intimate a romantic. I started thinking about my dad. I started thinking about something
going through with my father in that month, an ass
started to think about some of the samples and some of the music I was listening to towards.
here, and I had a lot of different
what years with they all flip their meaning? Do you still think of me when it
is about your ex feels. One way. Do you still think of me when its apparent, who might not even.
Are. You are checking on you. It hurts from a whole different party, your heart and hold of parties, stomach.
my dad and I have a very complicated relationship, and I wanted to make him this beautiful thing, but as I was making it, I was thinking about all the horrible stuff I've been through with him the years I've hated him what I've dealt with with having
apparent struggle with addiction, whenever you're lucky enough to be
somebody would get sober and exp
syrian someone that you love sober. It teach
you a lot and teaches you,
sometimes, when someone doesn't tell you
the truth that doesn't mean day or a liar forever and teaches you
Sometimes, when someone steals from you, they're, not a thief,
it means are sick.
So. I take the Linda sample. I start to chop the peace.
Does that feel important to me.
I started to filter some things and kind create with fell to me like an intro
and then some drums
I had some base. I made what felt like a verse section
given these moments. I was trying to snap myself out of how emotional I was getting december.
earth of like feel like I was about to cry about job.
The same point. Buttons comes on it because I'm thinking about my dad, I'm like this meat
it is in cry worthy yet, but it hurts
I'm doing something, I've done a million times and am not either
Making what I think is necessarily like this
credible, beat in the
thirty minutes it just like what
she's, saying on the day she saying it when
think about my dad was right.
We heard my feelings so,
basically wanted to kind of people
down some of the tears and be like a it's a beat
and all I could Hear- was peggy s, voice, J, peg, mafia. Ah, I could just hear peg.
Kind of like wrapping about something completely different, double up he's an
felicity, weird style,
for some reason. I just
I only imagine him. I call them an peggy came over
wrote a sixteen bar verse when, in the booth, recorded
you're. So we don't talk, dag double up we'll come back. I feel like my suitcase and I could twelve bores off because I felt like you know it's not a rap soul
I put peggy on it like peggy is an instrument, but I feel like what I want peace.
The focus on lyrically is what Linda can't decide,
but I needed
the instrument of J, peg mafia to kind of painting
picture, so that the linda stuff rang out the right way.
And then I asked them to just add, lived the whole track. Ah, shake it up still to shake the ad work.
To create a human element, that was
continuous. He could
often these laughing and it's just full take
let me just leaving him in there without any editing
I wanted there to be constant change
this kind of noise
And before he got the booth, he was like a year. You can't play this. No, rather you and I just put that bit of peggy
at the end, to kind to say, like idle
though, if anyone's going to get this, your care plan has around no rubber cause. It's just gonna be like this and just keep this locked. The forgot don't say anything to nobody,
I wanted everything to feel like limbo, cassettes,
I feel about my dad he's
my hero, and I love him more than anyway no world. He makes me who I am- I wouldn't be without him and I can't believe someone could do
things that they done or act ways. They acted this and I could even still have
relationship with him. After things we ve been through and so pay,
laughing, sounds maniacal.
It felt like the devil. I won shoulder, so
I just knew that I needed the angel on the other, shoulder
more apollo is a recording artist.
Um indiana. He is
ways. Breathing music we ve been working
for years and years and years and he's become even closer friend and collaborator, and
just hate him to hang out and we
see ya. I was playing him the beat,
when omar heard it. He was,
a humming and he asked what it was. I told him I was like it's called still and what it
man is like
do you still love me. Do you still have love for me? I do you still even care, I don't think I explained it was about it
here it but Omar saying just right away. Just in the rooms
and how they can you. Please just do that. Ten times I needed the thesis statement
to get said somewhere in the song
and he sang the same since twenty times
but he would finish with these fills in
add lives and all types of other stuff
and I put them on top of each
other. I just made
this wall of so many o mars. Then there's this bit of me
playing guitar, underneath
or more making war cry
peggy makes may want to cry of reason, sovereign
dad makes me want to cry. An account makes me want to cry
can through this right now is tough like all these people. They,
if me that feeling- and I want to be able to impart that feeling
I move my dad to live all my same street while we're dealing with doctors,
appointments and everything. So I could be as close to him as I could. So we live right down
treat each other seem all the time and I was hinting at
something I was gonna make him down.
That's gonna be another. Like give
combine you this christmas,
and so he knew something
come in and odium good as music. So he knew something musical was coming, but I don't think he knew them
agnes attitude of like this big picture, look at em
you think we ve been through together the day, I've
highly finished everything I played. If my dad, while we were cooking food, that
is the first time he kind and knew what I was saying also, and that I wasn't just saying I love you
at the end of it. It wasn't just like a big hug in a big smile. Like he looked at me news. I really love, it
but I think he knew that this isn't an. I love you dad album
was about to tell the world about this, and if I were to tell the world about this, that means I'm gonna talk about. What's going on with us now means a dick
as part of that, and that means us not speed.
for years- is part of that and I means damage
he's done in things,
is embarrassed about our fair play. It's not all Sonny I mean
it means a world tat his face on the cover and stop alike.
He also is
but whose sober now for five years and is dealt with a million things that he wished. He could change in. This whole thing started
out of desperation and out of the need to put a stare
On our relationship and have something to remember by an
it's been years now of us fighting this and dealing with it, but
me and my dad laugh in the kitchen playing this song. I think it was one
greatest moments of our relationship and now you're still by kenny, beats in its entirety.
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