Prog rock luminaries Pink Floyd are known for their creation of elaborate concept albums. However, if producer Bob Ezrin had his way, the band might have switched luscious soundscapes for processed beats during their late 1980s comeback. While working on the band's first post Roger Waters album, "A Momentary Lapse Of Reason", Ezrin had suggested that the band introduce some rap elements into their music, as Spinner reports:
"I became fascinated with it in the Afrika Bambaataa days... I'm an early adopter. I actually brought some in when we were doing 'A Momentary Lapse Of Reason'. I brought some in to David Gilmour's thing going, 'Boy, I think this stuff with a rock beat would be awesome.'"
Gilmour, however, was not so keen:
"He said, 'Oh my God, that would be terrible,'" Ezrin recalls with a laugh. "He couldn't believe it. He hated the idea."
While Ezrin is best known for his work in classic rock, the producer notes that he was an early champion of rap music:
"First of all it's not really a secret, it's not what I'm noted for... I'm an old white guy. I'm not noted for that stuff, but then a lot of old white guys have been involved in urban music and been very important to it in that. Jimmy Iovine [Interscope, Beats by Dre co-founder] is an old white guy too, but without him the modern rap business would be entirely different."