Prolific Producer Mike Dean Delivers Debut Solo Album '4:20'

The Kanye West and Travis Scott collaborator creates an essential atmospheric listening experience.

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Producer Mike Dean has branched out to introduce his first solo album, 4:20 and it is an essential quarantine listen to get lost into, especially given the day.

Clocking in at over one-and-a-half hours, 4:20 is an atmospheric voyage that recalls some Yeezus-esque distortion and industrial ambience. There are sonic creations just begging for a guest verse, while other songs veer into pulsing electronic soundscapes (see the ending “The Twelfth Day” four part odyssey). 4:20 could easily be added to “The 20 Best Albums to Listen to While Staying Home” until the period of self-isolation ends and you can experience these songs live.

The producer also sat down with Moog Music for a six-minute mini-documentary exploring the creation of his standout, two-part track “The Eight Night.” In it, you can see Mike’s impromptu experimentation with numerous synthesizers both old and new, his eclectic studio set-up previewed throughout all of his recent candid Instagram Live appearances and more. Watch above.

Mike Dean has been responsible for shaping and revolutionizing some of the most important hip-hop records of the past decade. Not only is the prolific producer tapped regularly by both Travis Scott and Kanye West — that influence has trickled down to a number of other stars in that orbit like Don Toliver, 070 Shake, Gorillaz, Pusha T and Kid Cudi.

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