Advanced artists embrace hip-hop. So I was very interested in this piece at vh1.com:
Following in the footsteps of Eminem — just much later in his career — 76-year-old songwriter/producer Burt Bacharach is turning to Dr. Dre to bring some edge to his music. So far, Dre has supplied the beats to three tracks on Bacharach's next album, which is due in 2005.
It's a challenging, freeing feeling to take an existing format — like these rigid, four-bar loops — and to see what you can write on top of it," Bacharach told the Denver Post over the weekend. "It's hard and challenging too, because it does have some restrictions."
His new project came about when his label in England, where he is more widely considered an icon, approached him about doing a "cutting-edge record."
"I had got together with Dre about a year and a half ago and talked about doing something for the album that we never did," Bacharach said. "Then he gave me the loops, and when I decided to do this album for Sony England, it seemed a natural fit."
A natural fit, indeed.