Terrace Martin has been around for a minute. Though it was his work on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly—which he helped to shape by helming the contributions of a wide array of collaborators, including his childhood friends Kamasi Washington and Thundercat—that served as his introduction to music fans beyond the realm of modern jazz, he's been a steady, indispensable presence at studios in and around L.A. In addition to his brilliant solo work, he also put in years working with Snoop Dogg.
When Martin stopped by The FADER's offices recently, he gave us a peak into the studio habits of both Kendrick (quiet and spongelike) and Snoop (focused and weed-heavy), and how their core sensibilities were learned directly from Dr. Dre. "We all are students of Dr. Dre," he said. "We're like cousins from that branch."