Album: The Reason
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Just Blaze: “That’s probably the first record I mixed totally in Pro Tools. We were still mixing analog at the time. Everything was running through the console. That was the first record we tracked into Pro Tools, and we mixed it all in Pro Tools.
“It sounded decent. That was before plug-ins were really where they’re at now, in terms of their sonic character. Plug-ins definitely didn’t sound as good back then, but we made do with what we had at the time. We had to mix the record quick.
“Kanye [West] actually called me about that record one day like, ‘Yo, did you use this sample?’ and he played it for me and I said, ‘Yeah, that’s ‘Mom Praying’.’ He had just written a song and done a beat to it. He was tight because his song was really good, but he scrapped it because I had just done it for Beans. I actually heard the song. [Kanye and I] were both on the Harlem World album.”