Produced by: Boi-1da
Co-produced by: Al-Khaaliq
Noah "40" Shebib: "We recorded ’Over’ at the Setai hotel in Miami about a week or two before we released it. [Boi-1da] sent it to Drake’s email and Drake was like, ’Yo, what the fuck? This dude is amazing!’ Two days later we just went in the Setai and recorded the shit in one day. Boom. Done. We went to Jamaica shortly thereafter to work. That’s where we recorded ’Karaoke’ at Geejam studios. While we recorded ’Karaoke,’ I mixed ’Over.’ We put it out from Jamaica, if I’m not mistaken. I just added one sound in the chorus and the verse."
Boi-1da: "That [beat] was actually made in the studio in L.A. My dude Nick Bromgers makes sample-quality music. He’s a genius. That was one of the things he sent me, and I made a beat out of it soon as I heard it. He’s playing all of the things melodically, the entire orchestra was him. I added the bassline. I sample sometimes, but I try not to. It’s better to do it when it’s not a sample. When you sample stuff, the people on the song can sue you for all your money that you make off of the song. Or I work with someone else because you just pay them instead of paying somebody unknown who gets 100% of your song just because you sampled their song.
"I just wanted it to be a huge record for somebody. I knew it was big, it sounded like somebody’s comeback song. The beat sounds like the king has returned to the kingdom. When I made it, I had Jeezy in mind. I think Eminem had the best freestyle on it, [but it] sounds like something Jeezy would kill. But once I made it, Drake had got a whiff of it and he liked it. I sent it to him. When he was done, he hit me up over Skype and played it for me on the video."