Last year you heard Terrace Martin‘s work on YG‘s album, Ninth Wonder’s compilation, Big K.R.I.T.’s Cadillactica and, just this week, a new song by Kendrick Lamar, called “The Blacker The Berry.” In the space of less than six months in 2014, the LA-based producer and multi-instrumentalist also put out a full solo album,3ChordFold Pulse, and a Christmas project called Times.
When Martin spoke to Microphone Check he teased us about that Kendrick album, professed his love for A Tribe Called Quest and told us why he makes “relationship songs.”
“I grew up on Crenshaw and Slauson and I grew up in the crack era and the gangbanging was really heavy in South Central,” he says. “I never want, like, using my platform to talk about the same story and what’s going — that s—- gives me anxiety, thinking about that era or that time. You know what I mean? Even with times going on now, it’s like, the best thing I could do is really not comment and just keep on feeding the world good music. That’s what I’m here for. Like the Titanic, when them motherf—-ers went down with the ship, trying to make everybody else cool, that’s all I’ma do.”