Grammy-nominated producer Sevn Thomas is among the most in-demand beatmakers in hip-hop at present. Hailing from Toronto, Thomas grew up in a Jamaican family the place music consumed him. His uncle is dancehall artist Rappa Robert and each his mother and father had their very own sound techniques (Lover’s Choice and Love Choice International) the place they might battle one another and host events of their basement in Toronto.
Inspired by the music he heard, Thomas created a sound that blends a number of genres along with his signature Caribbean-inspired bounce. Under the steerage of fellow Toronto producer Boi-1da, Thomas has garnered credit with notable artists together with Drake (“Pop Style,” “10 Bands”), Rihanna (“Work”) and Kehlani (“Get Like”). This has already been an enormous 12 months for Thomas, as he produced songs on 4 of the most important hip-hop albums of the 12 months: Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Everything is Love, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V and Nicki Minaj’s Queen.
Despite the massive accolades, Thomas is much from having fun with his riches, as he’s planning greater issues within the coming months. “2019 will in all probability be the 12 months I'm on the forefront with regards to my work. It’s time for me to take issues to the subsequent degree,” he tells Streets Talkin.
Thomas sat with Streets Talkin to talk about the 5 data he produced in 2018 and the deep connections he cast with the artists. Check out the dialog under.
Travis Scott – "WAKE UP" Featuring The Weeknd
[“WAKE UP”] was a kind of issues the place concepts get repurposed. The intent was for it to be a Travis document regardless. Travis and The Weeknd have a very nice working relationship, so I really feel like they had been within the studio with one another and no matter made sense for every of them. I believe that's why it ended up this manner. That's certainly one of my favourite data, it means quite a bit to me. The Weeknd and I come from the identical neighborhood in Scarborough, Ontario, in Toronto.
To share a second like that with him is superb. Travis is presently certainly one of my favourite artists, so you already know what that meant to me. I’ve the utmost respect for Travis and his style and palette with regards to sonics, the sound of music and the place he's taking it. I used to be simply tremendous elated to be part of that and to listen to the completed product, particularly the bridge the place Abel simply went loopy, I can’t clarify it.
Travis Scott – “HOUSTONFORNICATION”
That is unquestionably certainly one of my favourite beats I ever made. It's only a fucking heater, a slapper. It's positively one of many extra underrated data on Astroworld, and I really feel like individuals are so wrapped up within the album that they in all probability haven't gotten to the second half of the album but. I really feel like it will likely be a kind of data that creep up. I really feel prefer it’s in all probability going to finish up being certainly one of Travis' greatest data ever. Shout out to Wallis Lane for collaborating with me on that one. It was one of many beats that had been actually particular.
I began it and I needed to stay with it for a minute, you already know what I imply? I used to be strolling round, pacing to it, fascinated by what I needed to do with it. I despatched it out and instantly heard one thing again. It's loopy as a result of this occurred in three completely different cases with me and Travis. I'll identify a beat one thing, it evokes an thought after which it finally ends up being the tune title — which is loopy. I believe we’ve got an unstated synergy as a result of I really by no means been within the studio with Travis earlier than so there should be one thing that aligns us within the universe.
It's simply an unbelievable factor to be on the identical wave with out being close to one another. I really feel like if Travis and I had been to do a venture, it could be fucking insane. I truthfully really feel like we are able to take sonics and manufacturing and all the pieces to an entire new degree if we did an entire venture collectively.
Nicki Minaj – “Run & Hide”
I did that with my brother Rex Kudo. That was simply a kind of data that simply made itself. We had been up within the studio till like midnight from the evening earlier than as a result of that's normally how we work — we binge work. Rex performed me a pattern and I reversed it, pitched it, transposed it and I simply constructed the entire beat round it and located the pocket. It simply labored completely. It form of has a bounce the place you possibly can actually rap to it however I like what she did with the document as a result of it was actually smooth and introspective.
Lil Wayne – “Let It Fly” Featuring Travis Scott
I believe goes to be a slapper too. That one will resonate within the golf equipment and radio for a minute. I used to be listening to lots of DMX on the time, particularly, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. I used to be simply in that temper. I needed to reinterpret what I used to be listening to from X's music. I did that with my brother Dirtwork, I'm tremendous happy with you. It's darkish and visceral. I really feel prefer it's a 2018 DMX form of document.
That document means quite a bit to me as a result of Wayne is certainly one of my favourite rappers of all time. The greatest rapper alive, really. It's actually particular to me as a result of it's part of Tha Carter collection. Growing up that collection meant quite a bit to me. I really feel like I acquired Da Drought-era Wayne rapping on that shit. I acquired to evoke that out of him prefer it motivated him to essentially rap and do one thing complicated with it. Obviously, like I mentioned Travis is certainly one of my favorites, he simply sounds good on all the pieces in order that was an ideal marriage of sound and sonics. Those two bodied that shit. I'm super-blessed and extremely favored to have the ability to put that document collectively.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé – “FRIENDS”
That document proper there may be an anthem, you already know what I imply? I personally really feel prefer it ought to've been the lead single however that's my very own private emotions [Laughs]. Boi-1da was really the captain of the manufacturing for that one. Much credit score to him letting me be concerned with that document. It was superb and it's a really particular document as a result of what it means to lots of people. It's a really relatable document lyrically and the sentiment behind it. Loads of the younger ladies that I do know attain out to me about that document telling me that's their favourite on the venture.
The beat is difficult sufficient for the fellas on the market that recognize beats after which the women that hearken to it and relate to the message. Obviously, Beyonce and Jay are the G.O.A.T.S. So like I mentioned, I really feel tremendous blessed and extremely favored to be part of all these large data.