Via Rap Radar
Just Blaze has consistently been one of the best interviews in Rap for a while now but as of late he’s basically stopped giving them. This week hejoined the Rap Radar podcast after his inclusion on Beyonce’s Lemonade album garnered so much talk he was trending worldwide on Twitter.
At about the 20 minute mark, Just made his arrival and explained that he stopped interviews because he’s “tired of being click-baited.” As he puts it, “We can sit here and have an hour-long conversation about a ton of topics, and what happens is they will pick something we talk about.. (and) take 30 seconds of that hour-long conversation and make it the narrative and it has nothing to do with the overall scope of what the interview was about.”
Eventually, Just settles in and reveals that Beyonce reached out to him personally to be involved with Lemonade and the song that would eventually become the Kendrick Lamar-featured “Freedom.” He detailed how they’d talked about working together before, how Beyonce even brought him the sample for the track and how hands on she was with the vision. “When you see a record and you see ‘Produced by…’ the artist a lot of times people will just sidestep it like ‘Ah, whatever they’re just throwing their name on it,'” he said. “She actually, she’s one of those artist that comes to you with a vision. She actually came to me with the sample. She had a demo done, she was like ‘I started doing this. It feels like you, it needs to be you.'”
After explaining the help he got on the record from some younger producers friends of his, Just also detailed how Bey is very much a producer herself, even if she doesn’t make beats specifically. While he said he doesn’t remember who suggested Kendrick Lamar for the track or how it came about, he does say he and everybody around him always heard K.Dot on the record. “It makes it more of an event record,” he explained. “She’s taking a bit more of a melted standpoint these days, in terms of culture and things like that it kind of makes sense to put him on it.”
From there he talked about why he stepped back from producing records for a while. Eventually, Just moved on to what he must talk about in every interview he ever does: Rocafella Records and Jay Z. He recalls Jay constantly checking up on him to see if he’d made a million dollars yet. On unreleased Jay Z records like the mythical “Song Cry 2” originally meant for Magna Carta Holy Grail he said “(It’s) on my hard drive. Ask Jay.” According to Just, when Jay finally relented on Twitter and allowed “Dead Presidents 3” to be released, he and Guru had it on SoundCloud “in 20 minutes.”
The podcast clocks in at nearly two hours and also includes vivid anecdotes about working with ODB, the impact of Jay Electronica and “Exhibit C,” Just’s DJing career and so much more. Check it out below or on iTunes here.
(Via Rap Radar)