Original article via Billboard: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8525648/jacob-yoffee-roahn-hylton-behind-the-music-of-amazon-free-meek-series
With Meek Mill‘s Free Meek docuseries set to invade Amazon next week, composers Jacob Yoffee and Roahn Hylton give fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at their creative process when scoring the series that take viewers on a journey through Meek’s treacherous decade-long battle with the criminal justice system.
“Our new way of collaborating together is just always doing something different than we’d create on our own. [The approach] is a hybridization of [Jacob’s] jazz and classical background with my hip-hop and pop background,” Hylton explains after initially teaming with Yoffee last year on LeBron James’ Best Shot web series.
Yoffee recalls a scene where Meek is shown going from battle-rapping in the streets of Philly, to dating Nicki Minaj at the height of his career, but eventually has it all taken away. “We created 30 or 40 new pieces of music. We thought about things like civil rights, ’60s-era jazz, obviously hip-hop, and we studied Meek’s music,” he details. “Just tried to encapsulate all that, mix it up and create something we thought could work to tell the story.”READ MOREMeek Mill’s ‘Free Meek’ Docuseries, Executive Produced By Jay-Z, Is Coming to Amazon
Jay-Z also is onboard to serve as an executive producer of Free Meek. Stream the doc on Amazon on Aug. 9. For now, go Behind the Music with the Zev Lerner-directed clip below.