Al "Purple" Hayes

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Confident that his nickname out-cools just about anyone else's, Al "Purple" Hayes is going into his second decade of collaborations on rap and R&B projects, easily earning his golden age status.…
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Confident that his nickname out-cools just about anyone else's, Al "Purple" Hayes is going into his second decade of collaborations on rap and R&B projects, easily earning his golden age status. As would befit anyone with a moniker referencing Jimi Hendrix, Hayes has picked both guitar and bass on sides such as Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Juvenile Hell by Mobb Deep, and Closer Look by Babyface.

Also typical to a genre in which traditional axes get the short sheet, Hayes' name has come up in many other credits for various aspects of production, engineering, programming, and mixing. Despite the important influence on outcomes coming from all these disciplines, Hayes was still unable to talk his clients the Barn Yard Pimps out of using Seewuthadhappenedwz for an album title.