When I think about great albums, I think about their arrangements. One of the things that Thriller, The Chronic, No Way Out, Ready To Die, The Blueprint, Confessions and other albums have in common was their sequencing which contributed to them becoming classics.
I’ve been arranging songs and independent projects since 2006 and it’s probably one of the most exciting parts of executive producing. It’s almost like directing a movie because I can bring the mood up or down based the instrumentation of the song. Just as projects shine with a great arrangement, they can also suffer. I personally think that there’s no right or wrong way to sequence an album but it’s definitely an art to doing it well.
Last month I partnered up with my engineer of 10 years, StayLookingOut to start a series called ‘The New Order’. The first album we rearranged was Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ and it had over 14K streams just a month after its release. This time, we rearranged Drake’s latest project, ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’. Drake’s original arrangement was really good but this arrangement starts off and finishes differently. Let us know what you think. Click Here to Buy this album on iTunes.