An excerpt from Ron Carter’s “Finding The Right Notes” Biography was posted on the OkayPlayer message board. via FWMJ

I told Q-Tip to play the piano and spend some time with Sir Roland Hanna to see how chords and harmony work. I suggested he learn some simple chord changes like I, IV, V, I that would make the lyrics sound different so that the background would not just be boomp-boomp-shish.

It’s a shame rap guys who were really interested in the music and not just the rap didn’t learn the basic skills to fully bring what they were doing to fruition.”

I used to say that if rappers ever discovered the major triad, I’d give them a dollar – and I still have that same one.