I’m not knocking the final product (that song is actually my favorite Kanye production of this year, but whatever happened to the music video?), but wouldn’t it have been dope to see at least one more artist either jump on the song or have that song made for him instead?
“You know what’s so bugged?” he said. “I had a friend that didn’t realize I produced the last Jay-Z album. Because I’m such a notorious pop character, such a hated guy, or a loved guy, controversial or whatever it is, that people kind of forget that I sit and work hard as hell on beats. I listened to CDs for three days to find the ‘Live Fast Die Young’ sample, which was ‘If This World Were Mine’ flipped by the Bar-Kays. And I loved the sample so much that I played it for two days. Just over and over and over, and I thought about it and said, ‘Claps. I want handclaps to go with this sample. That’s what I need to juxtapose it and not make it just some takeoff of a ’94 hip-hop song, but to make it a 2010, 2011, 2012 futuristic version of itself.’ And I started the claps and put the ‘hey, hey, hey’ and the drums, and I just programmed it. It’s kind of important for people to realize I’m a producer also.”
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