Young Guru Talks 'Kong: Skull Island,' B.I.G. + Mixed By Ali [Exclusive]
There isn’t a person in the world who really loves, studies and digests hip-hop that doesn’t know the name Young Guru. Born Gimel Androus Keaton, this Wilmington, Delaware native has become a legendary engineer whose craft + ears helped him to dictate the Roc-A-Fella sound, imbue The Blueprint with that extra crispiness and worked next to superstars such as Freeway, Mariah Carey and, of course, Jay Z.
An educator, a hip-hop historian and the Director of Operations at 9th Wonder‘s It’s a Wonderful World Music Group — Young Guru’s days are filled with music, lessons, and adventures. So, it came as no surprise when Warner Bros. asked “the most successful and famous engineer” to collaborate with the studio for a special remix of the score for its blockbuster film, Kong: Skull Island.
In theaters since last week (Mar. 10), the former Roc-A-Fella signed engineer and Grammy-nominated producer took inspiration from the “King of All Monsters” film and its rich history to create a new beat titled, “Kong: Skull Island Groove”. Using elements from the original score and sound effects from the film, Young Guru’s original beat is certainly one to listen to if you’re an avid appreciator for dope sounds. We here at Okayplayer were able to get some time with Young Guru to talk about the power of Kong, what new and established MCs can still learn from the late, great Notorious B.I.G. and why TDE‘s Mixed By Ali is the new “beast” of the music industry. Enjoy!