Fireworks f/ Alicia Keys
Produced by: Noah "40" Shebib
Co-produced by: Boi-1da and Crada
Noah "40" Shebib: “’Fireworks’ was [made in] October. [Drake's A&R, Oliver] had made a link with Crada, and was getting records for the album. Crada had a bunch of stuff we really liked. He had this one titled ’Fireworks’ that really caught all our attention. Drake loved it, but he wanted me to rework it. So I took it and reworked it completely from scratch, and at the end I sent it to Boi-1da, who programmed some drums in the verses, and then I mixed it all together.
"I think the best part about it for us was the instruments that Crada had picked, like the piano. His had a piano off the top and, the sort of core progression is very similar. Also, the title and putting the fireworks in the song. Those are what drove us to Crada’s composition. All the sounds are brand new. Nothing from his original composition is in the record.
"Every instrument is me. [Crada’s] contribution to the song was from a writing standpoint as far as melodies and from a conceptual point of view. I’m not in the business of stealing people’s songs. That was originally his beat. But, they’re two totally different beats. Completely. In entirety. But, regardless I kept him involved.
“Nothing happens vocally tracking-wise until the music is ready to go. We recorded at Metalworks here in Toronto, which is where we do a lot of work. Most of the time we’re at Metalworks if we’re not at my house or just kickin’ it somewhere else. I think he did the first verse at Nightbird [in Hollywood, Los Angeles] and the last two verses at Metalworks if I’m not mistaken.
"I pretty much mixed everything ever in Drake’s entire career with the exception of four mixes on this album, which I gave to my mentor and man who taught me how to mix, Gadget. He mixed ’Light Up,’ ’Unforgettable,’ ’Miss Me,’ and ’Shut It Down.’”