An Interview With The Producer Of The Kanye West & Weezer Mashup “Yeezer”

Who would have thought that Weezer and Kanye would work so well? Well, probably nobody, not even Chuckie Nugget the nineteen-year-old producer who created the viral Yeezer album. The 10 tracks are worth a listen. A DCMA request recently took the album off Audiomack. However, the Internet. Check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT2vtnYO194

We interviewed Producer Nugget about his first mashup. Check it out below:

Are you a fan of Kanye and Weezer?

CN: Obviously I’m a fan of both. I think it’s weird that so many people are thinking that this is two different worlds coming together because you can listen to Kanye’s music and know he takes a rock-oriented approach to how he writes music. Black skinhead is essentially a 2010 version of a rock song. The look at Weezer songs like ‘el scorchoand’buddy holly’. Rivers probably likes hip-
hop just as much as Kanye if not more. So I think most people would be fans of both if they actually unbiasedly listened to them.

Kanye’s my favorite rapper. I got in2 him back in high school when my friend wrote a review of his new album & I wanted to see what was up. He approaches hip hop a lot differently than most. I don’t even know if I would consider his recent output “rap.”tape

I got into Weezer more recently. My impression of them was Beverly Hills, and I wasn’t huge on it. But then I listened to Pinkerton one summer And I couldn’t stop. To the point where I had to burn the album to disc and take it with me to friends cars just so I could keep listening Something about how oddly confessional, it was really struck a chord with me. The lyrics shouldn’t have worked, but they do I had never really been into emo before but the way it was written was so refreshing. It wasn’t trying to be poetic; it was just the emotion

No matter how goofy it ended up sounding. Which is really where the connection between the two, ye and Weezer, really align

Kanye’s lyrics aren’t written to be traditionally poetic. There’s humor; there’s crassness, it’s just a projection of himself. Same with rivers.

How old are you?

CN: 19

What sort of tech did you use?

CN: Logic Pro X. I use a lot of presets honestly. I use the Massive VST a lot as well. I don’t really use anything else. I don’t even have a speaker system, which probably explains why the mixing sounds so shitty haha.

What experience do you have mixing music like this?

CN: None at all. I produce comedy hip hop beats for me and my friends to rap over as a joke sometimes. Beyond that, it’s really just trial and error. I guess that background should also give you context for the tone that this album was made in.

What other mashups inspired you?

CN: Obviously Danger Mouse is a big one. If anything comes of this, I just want to meet Damon Albarn, haha. And obviously Kanye and Weezer! I also really like The Beatles and Kanye mashup album called “What’s a Black Beatle.” I would compare what I was working on to his a lot, and just try to reach that same level of quality. I don’t think I succeeded, his is a lot more creatively and professionally done, but it was a good goal to shoot for. I wasn’t obviously really looking into how his album was doing at the time in terms of internet popularity, but I would assume it had to be the same level right?

What do you want people to take home with you?

CN: What do you mean? Like what do I want people to get out of the album? I don’t know, haha. Just enjoy a silly album I made on my laptop, I guess. There’s not much to think about it; it’s sugary pop music, which is why I think Weezer’s first album is so beloved.

Where do you live?

CN: I’m from Pittsburgh, but I go to school at Ohio State.

How has the Internet responded to your work?

CN: It’s been insane. I’m getting way more response than I ever expected. I feel like I accidentally birthed a monster that I can’t even control anymore. It started as just a tongue in cheek joke and now has evolved into a piece that’s being written on by Time and Billboard.

Weezer even mentioned it. I just don’t know haha. I guess if it’s getting this much attention, there must be something to it that people like. I’m not really a good judge of what’s good or not. My favorite songs on the album are songs that people seem to hate, and a lot of the songs I don’t like people are in love with.

At the end of the day, it’s just a mashup album. I’m not sure what struck a chord with so many people. It kind of hurts though because I’ve become a victim to its own popularity. A lot of people seem to be very against it, because people are so enthralled with it. I don’t mind the criticism; I just wish the album hadn’t been dissected so much.

Much like Weezer’s music, it wasn’t meant to be put under a microscope. I just made it because I like both artists a lot, and I like corny puns. It kind of hurts now to see some of your favorite internet personalities tear up on things you made. A week ago I was nobody and would have loved to be in the spotlight. Now… I kind of get where Kanye’s frustrations come from, although obviously on a significantly smaller scale.

How do you feel now that it has been taken down?

CN: Eh, it was inevitable. If the Grey Album couldn’t stay up (an album that samples the source material a lot more unconventionally), there’s no way my project was going to. The only thing I’m surprised about is that it was Kanye’s camp that apparently took it down and not Weezer’s. You would think that Def Jam would get the mashup concept more than a rock band would…

Either way, I think it’s on Youtube now, and people seem to be passing torrents of it around. It’s completely out of my hands, and in some ways I’m kind of glad. I always thought I wanted the spotlight, but now I’d much rather have the album be a “this actually exists” thing as opposed to a human interest piece on how “19 YEAR OLD CREATIVE GENIUS CREATES GREATEST MASHUP ALBUM OF ALL TIME”. I feel like it’s giving too much credit to my abilities and intentions. I just wanted to make an album I would like to listen to and kind of chuckle to myself about. My name is Chuckie Nugget… obviously I wasn’t anticipating a Time Magazine article.

Thank you for answering some questions!

CN: Thank you!

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