Hip Hop

S1 Speaks On Kanye West's Single (Audio)

blame it on Shake May 28, 2010

The man behind the boards on Kanye's new single talks with MTV about how the record came about.

"The way it came together, I work with Rhymefest," S1 told MTV News about the song, referring to another Chicago MC. "I did like four joints on his album. And one day, out the blue, I got a text from Rhymefest that said, 'Kanye is loving your stuff, he said he's about to change your life.' Two days later, I got an e-mail that said my flight to Hawaii [where West recorded much of the album] leaves in three hours! So I was on a flight, and it just happened like that. I went down and stayed for like two weeks, banged out some joints.

"The 'Power' joint that we did, it was actually a track that I already made and gave to Rhymefest, and he just so happened to play it for Kanye in the studio and he loved it. So when I got out to Hawaii, Kanye had already recorded to it."

A month later, S1 returned to Hawaii and heard "Power" again, this time with more "polish" added by 'Ye, who co-produced the song. However, S1 picked the sample that drives the record: a snippet of British progressive rock band King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man."

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  • uuuuuuh it says Sorry this video is no longer available...

  • nevermind just went to the MTV site

  • Boomerang Slang

    damn that was quick, song jus came out a few hours ago

  • J-Dub

    Damn that nigga just got a life-changing break

  • Decapitatah

    his son, vohn beats, is a beasts and he is 11 years old

  • BillClinton

    sounds like some secret hideout yes pad in hawaii, your flight leaves in 3hrs?? lol
    any way cant wait for yes new album!!

  • ……

    i hope he got paid

  • bigswoosh

    time to bump "the healing". dude is a problem...

  • Delay

    kanye a real cool dude

  • Damn. Good thing he checks his email.

  • zee

    S1 been grindin for a long time good for him!!! dude been makin crack for a long time...his son is dope too!

  • crackadon

    gotta love that King Crimson sample. Ye is back up in this bitch!

  • S1, his beats on the strange fruit project tapes are classics each and every single one of them...

  • Bruno Honest

    S1 deserves it. He has been hustling for a minute.

  • 3l

    Crazy ish, is that I live out here and the closest I ever came to seeing Ye was bumping into his girl around my internship. Dude must've been holed up in the Bat Cave—and I still never got my damn concert. [shrug]

  • @Decapitah didn't kno his son was Vohn Beats yea that kid is nice

  • Jabari Manwarring

    life changing experience
    props to him and Ye

  • that shit has to be crazy.... yo flight leaves in three hours... and your life is changed forever... ups to that dude for leaving it all behind. i know it was some bullshit going on that was trying to keep him back too. make it happen s1... ye created a monster to yo shit

  • riddlah51

    S1 BEEN that nigga! So glad he bout to get some shine. Hope this works out well for him. The Healing = a banger.

  • Nice to see S1 getting recognized. Hope some more underground producers will get their time under the limelights soon.

  • xastey

    so when is the next SFP cd going to drop..