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Rap Artist Gives Muscle Shoals Studios a New Beat

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MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WZDX) - A helping hand from a West Coast rap artist is being lent right here in Alabama.

"I've had my day in the spotlight and in the recording studio, and I don't want to see it end when we end," said David Hood of the original Swampers.

And it won't thanks to a West Coast rap legend and a documentary. Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine and their company, Beats Electronics, wanted to save a record studio. Thanks to the movie "Muscle Shoals" they found it.

"When they saw the documentary, they said here it is. This is our studio," said Rodney Hall with the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation.

"My partners and I started Muscle Shoals Sound 3614 Jackson Highway in 1969," said Hood.

The studio has seen its share of stars like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Paul Simon.

"They went on and cut the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, The Staples Singers, Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, pretty much anybody who was anybody in the 70's," said Hall.

And now, it'll be used as a recording studio again. Beats Electronics will be partnering with the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation. They'll be investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into the studio.

"This was the control room. And you know, the amazing thing about this room is you stand here and you go 'Brown Sugar' was cut here, 'Loves me like a Rock' was cut here in this little bitty room in Muscle Shoals, Alabama," said Hall.

And the legacy continues throughout the building.

"This is the bathroom that Keith Richards wrote 'Wild Horses' in," said Hall.

Now, upcoming legends will get the chance to make their mark with free studio time.

"I think it is wonderful," said Hood. "That's pretty much the first picture taken in front of that building, there's been thousands since then."

Hood hopes there will be thousands more.

"You never know when the next Aretha Franklin is coming from. It was her first hit record that was recorded at fame back in 1967. And before that, she was somebody trying to find herself, so there's another one of those people out there, just waiting for the chance," said Hood.

The legendary "Fame" recording studio, also in the Shoals, will get a little bit of a renovation as well. They'll also be included in the free studio time.



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