Producer 88-Keys was recently interviewed by ThisIs50.com about a number of topics. During the interview, the “No Church In The Wild” producer shared an interested story dating back to Jay-Z’s “Blueprint” album collaboration with then up-and-coming producer Kanye West.
“I’ve known Jay for a couple years… ‘Ye and me been best friends since 2001. At the time [Kanye and I] met, I had produced three songs, years prior, on Mos Def’s album. Back then, I’d be working on beats, and he’d call me up and be like, ‘Yo, I think I got something for Jay.’ And this is while The Blueprint was being made. …He just played me one beat, and I’m like, ‘Yo, you tryin’ to see Jay with one beat?’ I always tell him, like, ‘Yo, you buggin! You gotta come with, like, a batch. What if he don’t like that one?’ And he’s like, ‘Nah, this is it.’”
88-Keys continued, “So I’m slaving on beats for like a week-two weeks straight, trying to get the perfect batch. We go, I play my batch for Jay-Z, get the head nod, whatever, Kanye plays one and Jay says, ‘Yo, let’s throw that up.’”
Check out the interview below: