Marcus Mumford’s Quest To Hip Hop

88-Keys kind of details hip hop collab with Mumford

We recently reported that Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford is a huge Hip Hop fan and that he was learning to “chop up beats” from 88-Keys, a man who has worked with both Kanye West and Jay-Z. 88-Keys has now shed more light on the project.

Keys told NME the tale of how he and Marcus met:

One fateful night, around 11.30PM, when I was heading to bed I got an email from a really good friend of mine called Izzy [Izvor Zivkovic], who also manages my best friend Kanye West. He sent an email saying that he had a really good friend himself who wanted to know a little bit more about hip-hop production and sampling and just the whole gambit of what producers do. He said he couldn’t think of a better person than myself, so he emailed the both of us and asked if I was up to meeting with his friend the following day. Any friend of Izzy’s is a friend of mine so I agreed to it. He told me Marcus is part of the band Mumford & Sons. I’ve always seen their name around but I’ve never actually listened to any of their music, only because I’m really completely tuned out of pretty much anything current, music wise.

Keys then met the entire band and had a little tutorial with them about how to build sampled loops. It sounds like there’s a collab between Keys and the entire group but he couldn’t go into depth about just yet. This is separate from the project with just Marcus, which he will go into detail about:

I can tell you what it’s going to sound like, it’s going to sound dope as fuck [laughs]. It’s going to be he and I involved in it. Not to toot my own horn but pretty much everything that I’ve put my hands on production wise is pretty top notch material, with the exception of maybe my first beat that I placed in life, which was back in 1997 or so. He obviously brings a lot to the table as well. The masses obviously love what he does. Not to sound cliché but I would say that the possibilities are endless.

The possibilities are endless…