feature: jimi hendrix “would have pioneered rap”, says iconic record producer eddie kramer

October 20, 2015

According to iconic record producer and engineer Eddie Kramer, the late Jimi Hendrix “would have pioneered rap”. Kramer (who worked on Hendrix’s final album) told the BBC, “This whole idea of street music would have definitely influenced him […] Jimi was aware of everything that was going on, he was a musical sponge. The next step? Who knows… He may have even gotten into rap.” Kramer adds, “I think about this all the time. Not only would he have been a great record producer, but he would have had his own record company, a film company, a musical production company […] He would have been an enormous force – pretty much like Jay-Z is today.” As AFROPUNK reader Ishmael Street mentioned, Hendrix actually recorded a track with the “Godfather of Rap” (Jalal Lightnin Rod Nuriddin).

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor