With his upcoming Flamagra album arriving on Friday, Flying Lotus took a moment to chop it up with Billboard for an intriguing conversation. While many topics were discussed, some of the most interesting insight arose once FlyLo began speaking on his experiences with Aftermath's finest, particularly Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar. Where the former is concerned, Lotus revealed that he actually managed to hear the fabled Detox in full, during a listening session that took place at some point post-Compton.
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"When I came to the studio, he played me Detox," reveals FlyLo. "He was like, "You fuck with it or what?!" I was like, "Yeah!" He was just super hyped on it. We were listening to the shit and he was dancing around the studio with his wife and shit. He has that feeling like, "Fuck yeah. I'm rich as fuck, but I'm having a great time still." It was really cool to see." When asked about further details on the album's sound, FlyLo teased another solid chapter in the Good Doctor's discography. "The version I heard is the sequel to Compton. It makes sense after Compton, I think. It makes sense, but I like it better than Compton."
He also shares insight into Kendrick Lamar's slept-on producorial prowess, explaining that his vision extends beyond that of the average "beatmaker." "He's totally a producer," explains FlyLo, of Kendrick. "He knows exactly what he wants in his music. Every time a beat drops, or every time you add a noise, any extra thing about the sequence, it's the most hands-on thing I've seen outside of producers...He'll take your beat and turn it into his album stuff. Even if it's like stitching things together, he's real clever with stuff like that, but no one really thinks of him that way."
For more from Flying Lotus, check out his recent "Black Balloons Reprise" with Denzel Curry, and keep an eye out for Flamagra dropping at the end of the week.