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Don't Get Bitter on Us, Beck Thanks to his rap-folk song `Loser,' the 23-year-old musician is one of the hottest figures to emerge from the L.A. rock scene in years. But now that he's going national, how will he hold up under all the attention?
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Hochman, Steve
Date: Feb 20, 1994
Start Page: 4
Section: Calendar; Calendar Desk
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"I keep telling [Beck Hansen] that he's the guy who has to walk down the street and be recognized," says Mark Kates, the Geffen Records A&R director who signed Hansen to a deal in December after a fierce competition with Warner Bros. and Capitol. "He should enjoy his anonymity while it lasts, because when it goes, it goes."

A loose comment by Hansen about a developing interest in rap led [Rob Schnapf] to hook him up with Karl Stephenson, a young hip-hop producer. Hansen went to Stephenson's house, played a slide guitar lick that the producer sampled and surrounded with a solid beat, and started spewing out stream-of-consciousness lyrics that, intentionally or otherwise, summed up the experience of the young and the aimless.

"Loser" was really just a one-off experiment, and Hansen put the track aside and went back to his folk songs, making his home tapes and releasing several independent singles. "Loser" sat for a full year, until the Bongload guys asked if they could release it as a single.

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