AMP Music Minute June 20th

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Drake Refuses to be Boxed In-

Well into his Club Paradise Tour, Drizzy Drake hasn’t slowed his pace even a  little bit. The Toronto rapper is already working on his third album, despite being on the road and he is drawing inspiration from everywhere. Unfortunately, Mr. OVO believes that some of his critics continue to try to make his fit their status quo, but especially after Take Care, he isn’t believing their hype.

“The music that I make is bigger than the box people try and put rappers [in],” Drake said. “People always try to draw me back to just rap. And — nah, I’m good. I like what I do. Period. That’s how I feel. Nobody can really do what I do or what we do, including 40 and all the producers that I’ve worked with.”

He feels confident in this position of knowing who he is, a feeling that was cemented by the success of his sophomore album. “Take Care solidified a lot of things for me. [It’s] a list of things that would probably be too immense to go through, but it solidified a lot of things and let me know what I want to do, and who I want to be.”

Drake previously told reporters that he was hard at work on his third album. He said it is inspired by his transition of moving to Los Angeles but hopes ultimately it brings people together.

“[It’s interesting] to see artists that have a real impact on the world,” he said. [There’s] nothing necessarily for me to step up and say I want to fight for, but there is a way for me to give moments to the world, and to bear my emotions and hope that I’m remembered as that guy who was able to bring people together. I want to be that guy. I want to bring people together.”

Sounds like a lot of Crew Love.

Will.i.am. Considers Solo Album “As Special as” B.E.P.-

Will.i.am has admitted that his new album #willpower is as good as done, but to get audiences ready for the awesome they will experience from the Black Eyed Peas front man, he is keeping the buzz alive and going as far as calling his new work as special as albums he’s done with his crew. And we believe him.

“(2009’s) ‘The E.N.D.,’ right now, is the work that I’m most proud of, and this is just as special as ‘The E.N.D.’,” Will tells Billboard about his new album. Slated to arrive for retail on September 24th, the East L.A. native recalls working on a massive number of tracks and then narrowing them down. He estimates working on between two and three hundred. “‘#willpower has been a journey, and I’m proud of the journey to get all the songs I have right now and the work I did to get all the songs for this record.”

Interestingly enough, of the 12 tracks that will appear on the album, will.i.am. doesn’t plan to include the singles he already released: “Check It Out” and “T.H.E,” which features Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez. “I just always want to put out songs. They don’t necessarily have to be part of an album,” he explains. “Those are just songs to let people know along the way what I’m working on. That’s me having an audio, musical conversation with the public.”

Well keep talking!

Fun. Say “We Are Young” Wrote Itself-

Nate Ruess, the front man of the newest ‘It’ band, Fun. sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about the writing process around the band’s first and biggest hit to date.

He recalled being in his car, driving to a producers house and having the some of the lyrics in his head already. “It really like wrote itself,” Ruess told Rolling Stone.  “And I lived with it for about a week, thinking like ‘Well, those are great lyrics but I’m not so sure about the melody. So I tried to write a completely different song, like a completely different version of ‘We are Young’ where it was like a little more up beat.”

From there he explains that he liked that version but it started to become something he didn’t expect. “And it might have been the arrogance, it started to become a political song about the arrogance of America and like ‘let’s set the world on fire!’ Just so we can be even better than the sun or something like that. And I thought ‘That’s cool on one hand,’ but the chorus and the melody really started to stick to me.”

Nate had a meeting with Jeff Bhasker, who has works extensively with Beyonce and Kanye West, where he just started singing the song, which was stuck in his head at that point. “Two days later,” Ruess said, ” we were in the studio.

The boys were more excited to get to work with Bhasker than focusing on the fact that they were in the middle of making a hit. Guitarist, Jack Antonoff was in awe of the fact that “the very thing that inspired us to make the album was what made our album physically. Like, that person, so it was like a bizarre circle of events.”

Sometimes things are just meant to happen and it’s even more awesome if when those things turn out great! For the full interview, go here.

-Khellie Braxton, 97.1 AMP RADIO

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