During the creation of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights,” CyHi the Prynce was given the opportunity to kick it in the studio and witness how the majestic tune came together. Speaking with 3 Little Digs, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper recalled how it was like watching an orchestra put a piece together, and that it’s much more layered than listeners suspect.
“’Ye had everything in there, shakers, trumpets, saxophones, fuckin’ vocals alto, soprano and tenor… ‘All of the Lights,’ people don’t know, it’s Elton John, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Drake… All of them are on there,” he said. “He didn’t ask them to sing their own verse or their own part. He asked them could you sing a melody for a background. Like they signing ‘We Are the World.’”
CyHi bigged up Yeezy for his ability to orchestrate the track and “make it sound right,” especially with the amount of instruments and vocals that made the final cut of the song.
“I’m like, this is history. Swizz Beatz, he’s a super producer, he’s like cut, bounce, boom… You’re seeing real musical people coming together like a real orchestra. People who play the violins to the people who play the drums to the people who play the baritones and the brass. Music is music, so you gotta understand, There are motherfuckers who know how to orchestrate all that shit to make it sound right, and then there are motherfuckers who just play it right. But they can’t make it sound right.”