Pink Floyd‘s thirteenth studio album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, almost had rapping on it. Possibly due to an, ahem, “momentary lapse of reason” on the part of producer Bob Ezrin.
In 1987, the rapping movement was up-and-coming and Ezrin claims he was an “early-adopter” of the musical style. He brought up the idea with David Gilmour who immediately called the idea “terrible.”
Ezrin told ZME Music: “I brought some to David Gilmour, going, ‘Boy, I think this stuff with a rock beat would be awesome.’ He said, ‘Oh my God, that would be terrible!’ He couldn’t believe it. He hated the idea.”
“It’s not what I’m noted for,” says Ezrin. “I’m an old white guy. But then, a lot of old white guys have been involved in urban music and been very important in that. Jimmy Iovine is an old white guy too – but without him the modern rap business would be entirely different.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles