Our Okayfuture brethren (descendants? Time travel is so confusing, grammatically) recently skyped in producer-to-watch Sango, resulting in a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation about the young beatsmith’s major influences. Those influences could apparently be enumerated as 1) God 2) Mom and 3) Brazil, in that order. In case I’m making that sound like standard liner note/awards speech shout outs–it’s not. Sango’s commitment to God is so serious he prefers to label his music ‘spiritual bass’ and his mom is so thorough, musically speaking, that Dr. Dre jacked the beat for “Dear Momma” from her. True story. Sort of? Read on to get 2 of the choicest quotes on those subjects and hit the link at bottom for the full Q&A:
On His Mom:
I think I take after her. My dad wants to be musical, but my mom is more into that. She plays piano, trumpet in high school, the drums a lil’ bit. She used to produce in the 80′s and 90′s. She bought a Casio. She has tapes of me and my brother. I was a baby crying, and my brother was rapping. It’s like four tracks and all originally produced. She sampled a lot though. She was so mad because–I think it was “Dear Momma” or “Changes”–but she took the sample that Tupac used before he used it. She gave her tape to Dr. Dre. (Q: Dre stole your mom’s beats!?). I highly doubt it. She was in the Navy and living in San Diego and they had a show and she had demo tapes on her.
My mom’s on North. She’s on “Until Saturday” with Ta-ku. She played keys on the track … she has a song with Ta-ku and me. My mom’s an army switchblade. (Q: That should be her producer name). Yeah. Army Switch Tracey.
On God & Spiritual Bass: