Travis Scott and Quavo released their much-anticipated collaborative album Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho last December, with one the most notable cuts being the opener, “Modern Slavery.” The track, produced by Buddah Bless, starts f with an unaltered Otis Redding sample, leading into a lyrical juxtaposition the history American slavery and a modern sense consumerism. The point was driven home a comparison shackles worn by slaves and jewelry, as mentioned in Quavo’s lyric “All these damn chains, modern slavery.” Buddah Bless went in-depth on the making the album standout, going over each element to fully deconstruct the beat.
Having been raised in Atlanta and born in New York, Buddah describes his music as a combination the two cities, calling his production style a blend “your grandmother’s music mixed with Gucci Mane.” Going step-by-step, Buddah explains everything from how he came across the Otis sample in the intro, the samples he used and how drums can tell a lot about when a track was made. To his final point, Buddah elaborates that there used to be a prominence boom-bap style drums, whereas today’s music is riddled with 808’s and trap beats.
It is always captivating to see a producer or artist’s method creation as everybody has a different approach to making music. Watch the video below and listen to one the game’s hottest producers right now describe how “Modern Slavery” was crafted.