The Making of Curren$y's "Pilot Talk II"

Real Estates f/ Dom Kennedy

Produced by: Ski Beatz & The Senseis
Ski Beatz: “Brady Watt came up with an incredible bassline, killed it. He came up with this sample from...I don’t know where that shit came from, but nobody will ever know. [Instead of digging in the crates] I got digital crates now. [Laughs.] I got probably like 80 gigs [worth of music]. I find music, get ideas, but I’m not sampling just for the sake of the beat. I’m sampling to get ideas, so I can bring it back to The Senseis, and they can hear it, and put their spin on it. That’s the sound that we created right there. And like Dame would say, it takes me out of my comfort zone. I’m used to sampling, and putting it out as a sample. But to be able to just take a sample and do your thing with it, and have dope musicians come in, and they look at it from their perspective, it just turns in to a whole different thing. It’s definitely a new challenge for me. But I’ve got help. I’ve got the band, The Senseis.

“[So for this song] we went through the drums [with The Senseis], Curren$y heard it, and that’s his favorite beat on the album. The hook is a lyric from a Dom Kennedy record. He quoted his lyrics for the hook and turned that into the chorus. I guess told Dom like, ‘Yo man, I used one of your verses for a hook. You need to get on this shit.’”

Dom Kennedy: “Curren$y is one of them dudes I run into damn near every place I go. I had a show in New Orleans last summer, and he had came out. He wasn't performing, but he came through, and then we went out. Then we had a show in Brooklyn, that's where that line ['Do a show out in Brooklyn when I just left The Easy'] came from. The first time we worked together was in Miami during Super Bowl weekend, for the Smokee Robinson mixtape. We had a show, then after that we went to the studio to record. We'll probably knock something out for my next project. Any time I send him something, I know he got me.

“Working with Spitta is pretty simple: He knows what he wants to do and he don't take a long time to do it. I've been in the studio with him to do some other shit, so I know how he works. I just tried to approach it rhyming-wise how he would and just let it flow. He's one of the people that does the laid-back flow, storytelling type of thing—I do that too, but from a West Coast perspective.”

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