Houston producer Mike Dean is best known for his work with major players in hip-hop and pop, ranging from Kanye West to JAY-Z. He’s also produced hits for newer artists like Desiigner and Travis Scott. The latter artist worked with Dean on his viral hit, “Goosebumps,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, from Scott’s 2016 album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Today, Dean has shared his own remix of the banger, which Scott has been using on tour.
The remix starts off just like the original until the beat drops. A lush soundscape of synths washes over the original beat, enveloping the whole track. Dean’s spin fades the track from dark to light, giving it a more early Kanye sound like we hear on Graduation‘s “Flashing Lights.” He also inserts various bass fills that sound like 70s soul funk. Overall, Dean’s remix doesn’t change too much. Rather, it props up the original with adding layers of vibrant chords and effects.
Dean’s bright production can be heard all over the radio. Last year, in addition to working on Scott’s album, he contributed to West’s The Life of Pablo, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, and Beyonce’s Lemonade — three of 2016’s biggest albums.
“Goosebumps” has been a highlight track on Scott’s tour. This past May, he broke a world record by performing the track fifteen times in a row at a show in Cleveland. Guess who previously held the record? Travis Scott… for the same song, when he performed it fourteen times in a row just a few nights prior at a gig in Oklahoma City. Previously, JAY-Z and Kanye West held the record after performing “N*ggas In Paris” twelves times in 2012 on their Watch the Throne tour in, of course, Paris. “Goosebumps” also boasts a psychedelic music video, starring Scott and his partner-in-crime on the track, Kendrick Lamar.