Kate Bush, “The Dreaming”
Love it, man. I was introduced to her from my Uncle Russell, who’s like a weirdo. You got uncles that’s pimps, then you got uncles who are like the Woodstock type, and they all just introduced me to music. And my grandmother at the same time, too, she was a big Bob Marley fan and that’s how I came on to that. But what I like the most about her is her production and the meanings behind her songs. Her lyrics are dope, and her vocal range is ridiculous, and also the changes in the music. It never stays on one vibe; that shit will break down and change into something else, and morph into something totally different, and that’s what I like about it, it’s different.
Devin The Dude, “Briar Patch”
One of my favorite songs, when we were shooting Idlewild I used to listen to this shit and just vibe out. Just sit on the beach and just listen to it. He’s another one who, to me, is just so diverse, both rap-wise and melodically, he can put songs together so good, and “Briar Patch” is one of my favorite songs of his.
Funkadelic, “Maggot Brain”
Of course, that’s my shit. George Clinton, like I said, he’s my favorite man, he’s like Uncle George, the father of the funk. First chance I got to work with him was on “Synthesizer” on Aquemini, and then I worked with him on “For Your Sorrows” on my first record. He’s the grandfather of funk, man, and he’s still doing it. It’s awesome. Eddie Hazel, it’s the best guitar solo. I’ma tell you who else did a good rendition of this who killed it, John Frusciante from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He had a song called “Before The Beginning,” it’s stupid. You listen to it and it was inspired by “Maggot Brain,” and that shit was fucking crazy.