Where rhythm is life
And life is rhythm
There’s cool production trick behind this line; Warren G’s vocals all pan to the left speakers in the stereo mix. This emphasizes his point by removing his voice from the “rhythm” (the song itself) so he can point out the significance of the music as the substance of life.
This is still more emphatic because he picked the left track to pan to instead of the right. In the ‘grammar’ of music production, as with film, the listener subconsciously identifies with the left track more than the right. Since he pans left, you feel like Warren is speaking with you, not at you.
Also worth noting is that the left ear is processed by the right hemisphere of the brain, the side that deals with feelings, emotion, and intuition, instead of the left, which deals with logic and analysis. The producer is sending Warren’s philosophy where you’ll hear it most.
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