With the internet making a joyful noise for Kendrick Lamar‘s stellar major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city,” one element that might fade into the background of the discussion is that the album isn’t just great, it sounds great. That sonic quality is due in large part to Kendrick’s trusted engineer Mixed By Ali, who speaks with LRG about Kendrick’s recording process, mixing “Swimming Pools” with Dr. Dre’s help, and differentiating yourself in your field, no matter what it may be.

Engineers are often unsung heroes consigned to liner notes nobody reads anymore, because you have to actually buy an album to read those. Nice to see someone who spends their time toiling behind the boards–especially on well-polished product–get some shine in front of the camera. Check out the video below, and for more on the making of Kendrick’s album, read this.

VOICE FROM THE MOUNTAIN: KENDRICK LAMAR’S RISE BEYOND FAME

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