As you might surmise, there’s a story behind this week’s lesson. The track that opens it was beamed into my bedroom window every weekend night for a good six weeks, turned up to “11”, courtesy of my neighbors across the alley. And I have to say, I came to love it a little bit.
Anyway, I already had I’m in Love With The Coco in my head for obvious reasons (because it’s Awesome), I was hearing all the new Drake and Lil Wayne hits, then something hit me: A very particular species of halftime dirge beat hardly anybody had worked with up to this point (contrast it, for instance, with last summer’s hits, Happy by Pharrell, Am I Wrong by Nico and Vinz, and Talk Dirty to Me by Jason Derulo) was suddenly Everywhere.
And good thing, because it’s a great beat to practice drums to! That’s what inspired this week’s lesson. If you can play along with this summer’s hottest rap tracks, you’ve probably worked on your pocket quite a bit, and your microtime is probably piping. For the folks in my course, any track in this video will make a great play-along for modules 5 or 11.
Anyway, you’re probably here for the transcription.
Do you have any silly-but-awesome R&B anthems you’re drumming along with this summer? Leave a comment below!