The instrument in question is an Ensoniq ASR-10 16-bit sampler that Just Blaze found while digging through storage. “This is the actual ASR-10 Kanye used during the Dynasty, Blueprint, BP2, and Black Album sessions @ Baseline,” the producer wrote, alluding to his now-closed recording studio that was the birthplace of JAY-Z and Roc-A-Fella’s many records.
Jay Electronica chimed in via the comments section, first commenting the eyes emoji then a short story about the ASR-10 being important to him. “Yooo [Lola Damone] was just asking me about this a day or so ago and I was telling her how at one time the asr-10 was my most favorite machine ever,” he wrote, with Just Blaze responding, “my first real machine! Love this thing. Brother [The Alchemist] also made history on this gem too[.]”
Take a look at the piece of hip-hop history below.
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