The legendary Hank Shocklee is interviewed by Propellerhead about their REASON software.
It’s no exaggeration to say that were it not for Hank Shocklee, hip hop would probably sound entirely different. His early Bomb Squad production with Public Enemy didn’t just break all the rules in rap music at the time… it rewrote them, forever changing the trajectory of the still-young cultural movement. To this day, Shocklee’s production stands alone in its identifiable sound. We spoke with him recently to find out how he learned about Reason and what caused him to adopt it as his ‘weapon of choice’ for beat production.
“In order for us to have a sound that was totally different we had to recreate the sounds of Kicks and Snares. Recreating them meant we had to reinvent what the sound of the kick and snare would be.” —Hank Shocklee