Legendary Brooklyn-bred Lyricist Lounge all-star Wordsworth was in Cape Town for one night last Thursday. He was down here to perform alongside Ben Sharpa and Rattex at The Assembly. You know how we roll, we couldn’t just let the opportunity pass us by so we had to get Words on a track with our very own Ben Sharpa.
It all started last week when Sharpa gave me a call to say that Words was down to put in work if we could find the right beat. Sharpa also said that we’d only have an hour or so with Words because of his other commitments.
I prepared a selection of 12 beats that I thought would be appropriate. When Wordsworth, Sharpa and DJ Raiko came to the studio we got straight down to business. After listening to 6 tracks, Words chose a beat and immediately started writing.
Within half an hour, Words had written the verse and come up with a concept for the hook. Getting straight on the mic, Words did 3 run-throughs and the verse was laid down. Needless to say, the track was sounding dope, but time was running out and we needed to get to the sound check, followed by the Red Bull Academy workshop (where Words was speaking) so we had to bounce.
I was worried that we weren’t going to have time to finish the track, but Words assured me that he was down to finish no matter what. We decided it would be better to try and finish the track between the Red Bull Academy session and the start of his set at The Assembly.
The Red Bull Academy session ran over time so I was getting worried that we weren’t going to have time to record. We rushed back to the studio after Words had finished talking. As soon as I turned on the light the power went off. Luckily it wasn’t Eskom tripping, it was only the fuse box. Words finished the hook and the intro in plenty of time to get to the show. We also managed to shoot video of Words recording so we’ll have footage for the full video.
It was a real honour to work with Words. When I think about who he has worked with – Masta Ace, Da Beatminerz, Ayatollah, A Tribe Called Quest, Nicolay – I feel even more blessed.
Keep it locked to PioneerUnit.com for more information about the progress of this track. While you’re waiting, check out the photos from the session…
Words gets busy while Sharpa, DJ Raiko and Rattex look on (click for larger image).
Words writing lyrics (click for larger image).
Dplanet on the boards. Words on the mic (click for larger image).
Words writing (click for larger image).
Words and Sharpa (click for larger image).
Anne-Sophie shooting the video (click for larger image).
Words and Dplanet (click for larger image).
Check out the full set of photos here.
That’s how we rrrrrrrrrroll!!