Exclusive: Beyoncé's 'I Been On' Producers Speak: "Coming From The Virgin Islands, That's One Hell Of An Accomplishment"
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 5:15PM
With Grammy-winning singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter shutting down her female competition with this week's unexpected teaser leak of "Bow Down/I Been On" anthem, SOHH reached out to contributing production duo Planet VI for the inside scoop.
Planet VI's A.I. admitted he found out about the preview track's release late and could hardly contain himself over the news.
"You know something, what was crazy is I was doing so much that day that I didn't even realize it was out until later on that evening," A.I. laughingly admitted to SOHH referring to the unexpected teaser release. "I saw my brother and my manager post it up Instagram and it was great. Beyoncé is one of them classic artists that you know's going to be around for a long time. She's one of the elite. She's the closet thing we've got to Michael Jackson since Michael Jackson. Even though we didn't get a chance to work in the studio with her directly, it's still a blessing for me and my brother. I was like a kid in a candy store. For real. I was able to let that out because I wasn't around anybody, it was just me by myself. I was like, d*mn. I was hyped. I immediately went to my parents house and I was telling them about it and explaining it to them like, "Yo, this is big." Coming from the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, that is one hell of an accomplishment to say that we did a record for Beyoncé." (SOHH)
His production sidekick Uptown admitted the opportunity to work alongside Timbaland, Hit-Boy and Polow Da Don all for an instant Beyoncé hit was nothing less than amazing.
"I'm crazy [excited]. I'm upset because when I heard it, I felt like we needed more records in the marketplace. [laughs]," Uptown said. "I'm not lying. It came out and for a split second I was like, 'Yes! She dropped it! She put it out, this is so good!' Then I was like, 'Yo man, that's it? Only one record came out that we did that day? We ain't working hard enough.' [laughs] That's how I felt, but, I still feel extremely blessed. The opportunity to work with Polow Da Don, the opportunity to work with Timbaland, Hit-Boy, all those great people, all of us on the same song, and Beyoncé? It's just one of them feelings you really can't explain. This is something we've always wanted to be our whole career and to be a part of a Beyoncé project is awesome. You want to be able to say, 'Before she retired, I had a chance to do someting with her.' That's dope." (SOHH)
Bey pays homage to her Houston, Texas roots by throwing some chopped and screwed moments onto the record, which Planet VI told SOHH they were responsible for.
The song segues into another one called "I Been On," helmed by Polow Da Don, Timbaland, and Planet VI. A thuggish B pays homage to her Houston roots, chopping and screwing her voice while shouting out H-town legends Willie D, Pimp C, and UGK. "I heard your boo was talking lip/ I told my crew to smack that trick," she raps, adding, "The capital B means I'm 'bout that life." Hear B like you've never heard her before. (Rap-Up)
Following the song's release, Houston rap veteran Willie D reacted to Bey showing love to their city.
"I think when you get in the game and you put in the work she put in...and you still getting backlash?" Willie D queried. "You take a year off and mother f**kers think its safe. She's the queen." Willie D says he and Beyoncé share a quality: People feel they know them because they know their music. As a member of the Geto Boys, Willie D was one of the most outspoken, influencers of Hip-Hop culture largely in the 1980?s and 1990's. Willie also release several solo albums, which yielded a number of hits. (AHH)
Check out "Bow Down/I Been On":