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RESPECT: Roger Troutman

RESPECT: Roger Troutman

Yes, you read that right, the musical legend from Dayton, Ohio who introduced a whole new different sound to the game. From the talk box (which is called Auto tune now) to being discovered by George Clinton playing a part in the secret California/Ohio music connection by shifting the parliament funk movement and heavily influencing west coast hip-hop, don't believe me? Listen to Snoop's classic Doggystyle album, listen to some of Dr. Dre's Chronic album, DJ Quik's beats etc., the man was EVERYWHERE, especially appearing on west coast rap records including one of the biggest rap records ever California Love with 2pac & Dr. Dre, Roger and Dre producing would've been massive in today's music scene, Martin Lawrence even grabbed him to produce some records on the great soundtrack for his movie A Thin Line Between Love And Hate, and here's a fun fact Roger even contributed to Michael Jackson's Bad album, Michael & Roger worked on a early demo cut of a song titled Dancefloor which ended up becoming no other than SMOOTH CRIMINAL.

You don't have to listen to every album Roger made, all you really need is the Zapp & Roger All The Greatest Hits album and you'll be set off the first listen, who would've known in 1986 when Computer Love dropped we would be "finding love" through a computer/phone screen in 2016, it's a damn shame the man was murdered by his own brother just because Roger wanted to take off and produce new things solo. I believe Roger was about to be bigger than he ever was, there was rumors of him teaming up with Michael Jackson again for another album, collaborations with Dr. Dre were probably progressing, and I'm sure the Ohio music scene would be bigger than it is now. I'm not saying but I'm just saying, every artist using auto tune heavy in their records then and now should at least give respect to Roger Troutman, auto tune came out of nowhere again and was the biggest tool to use on a track in 2007, starting from T-Pain, Lil Wayne, to 50 Cent playing around with it and Jay Z using it for 2 seconds then basically saying fuck auto tune on Blueprint 3. Will we ever hear any posthumous music from RT? I highly doubt it, but it would be nice to hear more artist (preferably west coast rap) use his sound in their music again, Kendrick Lamar uses just a brief piece on his Momma record from TPAB, and I would like to hear more, just imagine a Roger Troutman Homage/Tribute album produced by Dr. Dre, Warren G, DJ Quik, Hi-Tek, Battlecat, and DJ Pooh with rap artist like Snoop, Kendrick, YG, Game, Jay Rock & Nipsey Hussle involved just to name a few, fucking crazy.

R.I.P to an Ohio Legend.

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