Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

9. Al B SureIn Effect Mode

It’s black rock & roll basically – it’s a way of being offensive. Turn up loud and say ‘Fuck you’. It’s a great album just the whole way through. Its R n B but it has some hip hop in it, but it wasn’t sappy ‘I’m going to love you to that sky falls’ stuff – I don’t like that kind of shit. And then, I kind think back now how it used [producer] Kyle West – his name was mentioned throughout. ‘Kyle West break it down…’ he shouted himself out in those tracks. I’ve never seen Kyle West, I don’t know who he is. He’s like a mystery, but his name stays with me, and that’s one reason why this album sticks out – you think, ‘I wonder what happened to him?’ If that one moment is never recaptured by an artist, you know even moreso that that moment was special. Al B Sure! never really did it again like with In Effect Mode, but he was on top with that record.

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