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 my track. 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 did it and knocked it out for him before he had to turn his album in like four days.
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 so I know 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, it didn’t fit and the beat is 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 that we are used to.
Kanye told me “Return of the Boom Bap” was one of the records he was studying to get him back into that mind state. I haven’t heard the updated version except from the stuff that’s leaked so I’m hoping [it doesn't leak also]. I heard the Pete Rock with Jay on it and Pete even played me, when we were on the same flight to Japan together, 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.