Behind The Board: The Rascals On Relating To Artists & Keeping It Simple In The Studio
Riddick-Tynes and Thomas share a similar musical background, growing up in families full of songwrtiers, producers and musicians. Their extensive experience speaking the language of music from a young age has no doubt helped forge their unique talents for collaboration.
"As a producer, you are the conduit for the information [the artist] wants to disseminate to the public," said Riddick-Tynes. "You're responsible for the final product. You do have to guide, you do have to suggest, but there's a way to do it where it's still theirs. They still have to feel like it's their product"
The duo discuss how they're able to help artists with, "Ripping out a page of their diary and turning it into a song," as Thomas so poetically puts it. This past year, the duo earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Song for their work on "Gold Roses" by Rick Ross feat. Drake.
"Relatability is a huge thing," Thomas added. "Listening to music that makes me feel something is really, really important."
Hear more from the Rascals, including the critical advice they've received that's helped them find success, in the latest episode of Behind The Board above.