Guest Star: "I Think Kanye West Should Have Used [My Record], But I'm Not Mad At Him"

Saturday, Nov 20, 2010 10:52AM

Written by SOHH for DJ Premier

[With Kanye West's much-anticipated comeback nearing fruition, contributing producer DJ Premier talks about his involvement with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.]

I know Kanye West has changed a lot of stuff for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy because he didn't even use [the track we worked on]. I just jumped on a song a few weeks ago that he had already done called "Mama's Boy" and he had me do some scratches on it. It was last minute. He called me in the middle of the night and I knocked it out for him [four days before] he had to turn his album in.

So I asked him, "Yo, you're not using the one I gave you?" I gave Kanye a banging, boom bap joint, some original left field Preem sh*t. Because I know I'm dealing with Kanye, I gotta go deeper in my thoughts and creativity but he didn't use it.

I can't be mad at him; he told me as he grew and began shaping the album, [the track] didn't fit [but] the beat's dope. He loves it and it will be used, but he has the album with Jay-Z and he's like, "Yo, I need two for that." So I'm going to give him some stuff for the Jay album.

No stress. I have been turned down many times for tracks. I think he should have used it but I'm not mad at him. This is a business and so what he chooses is what he chooses. When he saw me and Showbiz from D.I.T.C., he was way in the early stages of the album and he was playing me like 11 joints then and said he was just starting. Everything was back to brakes, hard kicks and snares, things like that we are used to.

Kanye told me [KRS-One's first solo album] Return of the Boom Bap was one of the records he was studying to get him into that mind state. I haven't heard the updated version [of Kanye's album] except for the stuff that's leaked; I'm hoping [the entire album doesn't leak]. I heard the Pete Rock [track] that Jay was on, and Pete even played it for me, when we were on the flight to Japan for the "Pete Rock Vs. Premier" show. Pete played me the tracks he gave Ye. Even though I love the one he did with Curtis Mayfield, he had this other one that was knocking out the box. Oh my God. I don't think they used it [either].

DJ Premier is a legendary hip-hop pioneer most recognized as te beatmaker behind Gangstarr's classic gems. He has crafted records for Nas, Fat Joe, Rakim, Notorious B.I.G., Ludacris and more.

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