Continuing to examine hiphop and mainstream music, this week I wanted to look at Jay-Z’s song Crown from Magna Carta Holy Grail, as it combines both musically stylings and production styles. The song was produced with Travi$ Scott and Mike Dean of Dirty South Records, both producers come from the southern rap scene. We hear this throughout the song as there are elements of ‘chopped & screwed’ which is a rap style born in Houston and most associated with Paul Wall and Mike Jones.
Chopped and Screwed “is accomplished by slowing the tempo down to between 60 and 70 quarter-note beats per minute and applying techniques such as skipping beats, record scratching, stop-time, and affecting portions of the music to make a “chopped-up” version of the original” (Wikipedia).Along with being produced with elements from Chopped and Screwed, Crown always incorporates reggae, and elements of a ‘traditional’ sounding hip-hop.
Irvine, Martin. “Popular Music as a Meaning-System: The Combinatorial Structures We Use in Understanding Music.” Communication, Culture, and Technology Department, Georgetown U, Nov. 2013. Web. 17 November 2013.
Wikipedia. Scott, Travis.
Wikipedia. Chopped and Screwed.