Detroit-bred producer Denaun Porter , a/k/a Mr. Porter, applies his sample flipping skills to the catalog of acclaimed jazz pianist Robert Glasper – and the result is the 22-track instrumental album, Porter Chops Glasper . Listen to “Dutch Master Roland” and read additional background on this intriguing project below. Download the whole thing at rappcats.com .
Porter Chops Glasper is the first in a series of instrumental albums planned from Grammy Award-winning artist Denaun Porter, the producer working as “Mr. Porter” for the likes of hip-hop’s Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg, and worldwide icons like Burt Bacharach, Beyonce and Shakira.
The album is inspired by the music of fellow Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Robert Glasper. Porter explains, “Long story short, I am a fan of Robert Glasper. This project contains samples of music of his from the internet, official releases, and even live performances I saw on YouTube. Porter Chops is a representation of when, I feel, the business side of things interfere too much with my creative process.”
In other words, this project represents an emotional release for the Detroit bred admirer of the late J Dilla, who explains that the Detroit icon was most impressed when Porter, “too broke to buy all the records (Dilla) did, chopped up as many beats as I could make out of one.” He further explains: “The first time I got (Dilla’s) attention was because of the way I chopped a Minnie Ripperton sample. The sample was very familiar. It was actually the same sample that A Tribe Called Quest used for ‘Lyrics To Go’. He said, ‘Wow did you hear the way he chopped it!?’ That was an accomplishment for me because I got his attention and he’s the MASTER of chops to me.”