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Angela Hunte

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120 minsFirst aired 20 Sep 2017Next The Federation Sound Wed 05/29 at 2:00pm EDT
Harley Brown

The Grammy-winning songwriter for Jay Z, Rihanna and Britney Spears opens up about her dancehall connection and forthcoming debut LP.

With an upbringing split between the US and Trinidad and Tobago, Angela Hunte has always had an as much of an ear for glittering American pop, hip-hop and R&B as she has for the Caribbean islands’ vibrant, unruly soca riddims. (The Grammy-winning songwriter also has an ear for dubstep: In 2010 she contributed a breathy top-line to “I Need Air,” the twitchy single from dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man.) She’s probably best known, however, for cowriting Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ starry-eyed ode to New York City, “Empire State of Mind.” Taking a break from working on her debut album R.A.W., the “hook girl of Brooklyn” stops by our studio to catch up with her good friend Max Glazer. From recording her spitfire verse on Machel Montano’s block-rocking “Party Done!” while heavily pregnant to auditioning for Melissa Etheridge and dancing on Soul Train as part of Motown outfit 7669, Hunte’s stories will keep you tuned in from start to finish.

00:33

Keep it locked to hear more about the career of Angela Hunte, songwriter for Jay Z, Britney Spears, Melissa Etheridge and Machel Montano, before her debut album R.A.W. drops September 22.

13:28

Find more Federation Sound interviews, mixes, _re_mixes and only the freshest new dancehall tracks at their Soundcloud page.

22:23

If you haven’t heard of Miami-based super-producer Supa Dupes before, you’ve definitely heard the music he’s worked on, including Drake’s Take Care, Eminem’s Recovery and Juicy J’s Stay Trippy.

48:50

Earlier this year, former president Barack Obama inducted Jay Z as the first rapper into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1:10:45

In his 2016 RBMA lecture, Teddy Riley says Michael Jackson’s actual voice was much lower than his singing voice; in his day-to-day life, he would often speak in higher register to practice.

1:18:14

Check out this old video of a young Angela Hunte popping and locking on the Soul Train stage as part of Motown outfit 7669.

1:47:42

Listen to some loosies Angela Hunte released last year ahead of her forthcoming debut, R.A.W., here.

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Produced by Harley Brown
Engineered by Joe Hazan

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