Butch Small the Percussionist

Learning percussion from listening alone led Carl ‘Butch’ Small to travel the world with the Undisputed Truth, the Dramatics, Parliament, and the Four Tops. Small’s understanding of music led to a respect, knowledge, and love for studio engineering which guided him to production, arrangement, and composition for Bootsy Collins at the height of his success in the 1970’s & 1980’s. Butch Small was a center piece providing all the sounds you notice but can’t recognize in records like Parliment’s ‘Tear the Roof Off,’ Dr. Dre & Tupac Shakur’s ‘California Love,’ and LJ Reynolds ‘Key to the World.’ Also, his love and support of his son led him to start Detroit’s flagship hip-hop record label World One Records. His encouragement of his son DJ Los moved him into open one of Detroit’s first studio’s welcoming rappers to perform, release, and shares their music with the world. Acts like Kaos & Maestro, DICE, and Nikki D all were given a national st […]