Meet Alain Mion, The Man Behind Rick Ross’ Soulful Sound

blame it on JES7 April 26, 2014

Despite whatever opinion you may share on Rick Ross, one cannot deny that the man has a great ear for incredible, ethereal production. If we dig further beyond the soundscapes of recent singles from Rozay, such as “Oyster Perpetual,” “Amsterdam” or the Cardiak produced “Diced Pineapples,” we come upon one common denominator: a shared love for 70s jazz band Cortex.

Check out a short documentary on the now 67 year old Frenchie Alain Mion, who, in a way, inadvertently helped Ross create his soulful “coke raps.” Peace to Gasface. Below, you can stream La Crème de la Crème, a dope mixtape that pays tribute to all of the great French jazz artists and the songs that were spawned from the originals.

  • Arun Gopal

    Probably the dopest thing I’ve seen today.

  • Adi Pre

    Man this was really fascinating. So cool to hear Curren$y’s Mary Mary sample too. Sounded as if Alion had been paid nicely from Ross, as well he should be.

  • Jordan

    This just goes to show the power of sampling and how it keeps music alive.

  • “If you have no success, no one bites”…great documentary. Love the generational shot of Alain Mion watching a Rick Ross video.

  • Selorm Amuzu

    This is actually dope…. I always wondered why rappers were into French artists when they do samples, the Vince staples “Lindo” beat was also sampled by a French artist aswell

    • Selorm Amuzu

      Or producers I should say*

  • Thomas Gregersen

    About the dopiest thing I’ve come across all weekend! Salute

  • saczilla

    Rick Ross pays up like a boss. Curren$y still acting like a mixtape only rapper…

  • Tokyo Nomaku

    Great documentary.

  • AlexFirth91

    Damn this is why Ross got the hardest production. No lie…Rozay!