Some bad news, folks: one of the more anticipated collaborations slated to be on Kanye’s upcoming album, a track produced by DJ Premier, never even materialized to begin with. However, Primo’s signature scratches will be found on the bonus track of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, similar to their past team-up on “Everything I Am” off of Graduation. Mikey Fresh sat down with Premier to speak on it:
Premier recalled Kanye paying him a personal visit to play new records from his forthcoming LP, a listening that led to Preemo creating a beat on the spot for the project. While that record sits on ice, the boom-bap master revealed that he did lend his trademarks scratches to a record “Mama’s Boyfriend,” an iTunes bonus from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
“[Kanye] actually hit me the day before he had to turn the album in to do some scratches on a song called ‘Mama’s [Boyfriend],'” Premier says of a record West debuted a capella this summer at the Facebook headquarters. “We just did it like five or six days ago… They sent me a private hard drive. I had to know certain passwords and go through all these steps to get the song. Kanye even sent me an email saying ‘destroy all the roughs I sent you.'”
Hm… maybe that zipped file from back in the day was the album after all. Anyways, you can read all of it over at VIBE, where’s there’s also a video clip as well but I can’t get it to work here for some reason. Oh well.