Recalling the genesis of his trippy, atmospheric beat-based concept album "You're Dead!," producer Flying Lotus describes it as occurring while he was rolling around Los Angeles, "driving my car with Thundercat, who plays bass on all the stuff." "We were driving around listening to George Duke, and there was a moment when we were tripping on how crazy all that playing was," says the artist, 30, born Steven Ellison.
Deploying the same unprintable cuss word in triplicate, he adds, "We were like, 'Why aren't people doing this kind of ... now?' Well, why don't we make some ... like this now, that just kills everybody.'" Ellison laughs. "When you hear it you're like, 'Oh ... you're dead!'"