Production duo Christian Rich


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Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan, AKA Christian Rich, have created some of the most progressive rap productions of the ’10s. Moreover, the Chicago-born twins haven’t become an assembly-line for similar sounding beats. For a sampling of their dynamic range, listen to their work on two of Vince Staples’ biggest songs, “Senorita” and “Big Fish.” The former is a lugubrious dirge of cavernous low-end and plinking keys, while the latter is a quasi-club track characterized by a rubbery bassline and glinting melodic flourishes. After producing tracks for artists like Foxy Brown and Lil Kim in the early ’00s, Rich racked up enviable credits with marquee rappers like Earl Sweatshirt (“Chum”), Drake (“Pound Cake”) and J. Cole (“Sparks Will Fly”). Since moving to Berlin two years ago, Rich have continued that upward trajectory, producing songs for Jaden Smith (“GHOST”) and collaborating with Little Dragon and fellow Chicagoan Vic Mensa for “Dripping Summers,” which will appear on a forthcoming Christian Rich project. In this episode of Couch Wisdom recorded at the 2018 Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin, Christian Rich discuss the stories behind their biggest hits, their approach to production and the importance of creating a feeling with your music.

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