1. Watch Che Pope of G.O.O.D. Music’s
    Red Bull Music Academy Lecture (VIDEO).

    Last week at RBMA Paris I interviewed G.O.O.D. Music president and producer Che Pope about stuff like whether Kanye is nice, how the City of Light inspired Yeezus (which he co-executive produced), and what it’s like working in a production by committee situation where 10-15 or more people are regularly credited on working on a single song. Not that Che necessarily needs to work with a gang of collaborators to construct something musically profound. As a burgeoning producer in the late ’90s he and James Poyser were responsible for significant portions of Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – without receiving commensurate credit. Che talked pretty candidly about the harsh lessons of that episode (and deconstructs the recording of Lauryn’s “To Zion” – which he did get credit for) as well as why a subsequent stint at Aftermath resulted, or rather didn’t result, in Dr. Dre releasing any music. With G.O.O.D. the Boston-native and former finance major seems contentedly ensconced in a behind-the-scenes role that plays to his strengths; a veteran with an affection for soul loops (A$AP Rocky’s “Jukebox Joints”; Kanye’s “Bound 2”) whose musical palette is decidedly forward-thinking. If/how the recent announcement that Pusha T has been promoted to G.O.O.D. company prez affects all this, who knows. All I know is I enjoyed this papal visit.

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