Singled Out: "[Lil Wayne] Did This Kind Of Like How He Did Tha Carter"
Tuesday, Sep 6, 2011 3:35PM
[SOHH highlights a single each week and offers a unique look at the song. After Royce Da 5'9 swung circles with his "Merry Go Round" track, Tha Carter IV producer Willy Will talks about having his beat rocked on Lil Wayne's "Intro," "Interlude" and "Outro."]
As far as the beat, it was really something that I was inspired from at one time. As a producer, we get new toys all the time. So you get a new toy, you get new music.
A friend of mine used to be Lil Wayne's everyday engineer and we are both from Kentucky. We always try to plug each other into what we got going on and kind of keep a circle around us. So he called me and was like, "Hey, Wayne needs some records. Send me some stuff."
It's crazy because we did this "Intro" [beat] before he went to jail [in 2010]. It was one of those things where you didn't know if Wayne was going to use the record because he does so many songs. He actually cut the record, let me hear it and everybody was excited.
He came home [in November 2010] and [Young Money president] Mack Maine called me and was like, "We're still going to use the 'Intro', so send us a file." He kind of led me to believe there were going to be some heavyweights on there too. He told me to stay tuned and wouldn't tell me who.
That was the fun part about it. I then out found about nine of the top rappers ever are on my record. It was one of those things where every one of those rappers was on my wish list of people I wanted to work with. So I managed to knock it all out at once. So it's always a blessing.
It's hard to know if something's official, especially with Wayne because they keep you [anticipating] until the very end. You never know. Cash Money is one of those companies where Wayne has so many records. I hate to say they keep you on edge. I think I knew the [beat] was official about two months ago. That's about when Mack Maine called and said "We're definitely going to use the record."
I think he did this kind of like how he did Tha Carter. He had the same beat on there three times and so it was sort of the same theme. I remember them telling me he was thinking about that but I was like, "OK, we'll wait and see." He must have really loved the record to let it really be a big theme and tell the story on the album. So it was an honor to know that Lil Wayne, which is probably the biggest rapper in the game right now, chose little ol' me to carry the album as far as the theme and sound.
It feels crazy and still seems a bit surreal. I listened to the album today and was like, "Wow. That's really Andre 3000." It's just amazing to me.
Check out Willy Will's "Intro," "Interlude" and "Outro" beat below: