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Pink Floyd Could Have Been Rap Pioneers After Roger Waters Departure

Written by Kiel Egging on 21st March, 2013

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Pink Floyd‘s first album without Roger Waters could have turned out dramatically different if their producer Bob Ezrin had his way, after he recently claimed that he suggested the band introduce a few rap elements into their music while they were making their 1987 album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.

Ezrin told Spinner in a recent interview, “I became fascinated with it in the Afrika Bambaataa days… I’m an early adopter. I actually brought some in when we were doing A Momentary Lapse Of Reason,” he said.

“I brought some in to David Gilmour‘s thing going, ‘Boy, I think this stuff with a rock beat would be awesome.’ He said, ‘Oh, my God, that would be terrible.’ He couldn’t believe it. He hated the idea,” Erzin chuckled.

Ezrin also mentioned in the interview that he is ‘noted’ for being an early champion of rap music, despite his profile being mainly based around his work with legendary rock acts such as Kiss and Alice Cooper. Most recently, he collaborated with The Darkness on last year’s comeback album, Hot Cakes.

“First of all it’s not really a secret. It’s not what I’m noted for… I’m an old white guy,” he said. “I’m not noted for that stuff, but then a lot of old white guys have been involved in urban music and been very important to it in that.”

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