Album: Come Home With Me
Label: Roc-A-Fella / Diplomat / Def Jam
Just Blaze: “There was drama about that song being Jay's originally, and that they stole Jay's beat or whatever. It totally wasn't like that. Originally, the beat was much faster. I made it as an up-tempo record for Bleek but he turned it down. I reworked it and slowed it down, but he still wasn't really feeling it.
“Jay walked in and heard it and was like, 'Yo, that's serious,' but he wasn't working on an album at the time. He had just finished Blueprint 2, so he was like, 'Hold that for me.' There's a million beats like that. Jay said the same thing about 'Pump It Up.' Sometimes he'll hear a beat and like it but he won't like it a year later when he's making an album.
“Hip Hop, who was A&R'ing at the time, would have a case full of CDs. One day, Cam and them came to the studio and asked Hip Hop if he had any beats. Hip played a bunch of beats and the 'Oh Boy' beat was on one of the CD's. They did the record, and Guru called me like, 'Yo, Cam and them is about to do this 'Oh Boy' joint.' I was like, 'Go ahead.' That was it. They did it, and they took it to radio like five minutes later, before I could even hear it.
“I was on my way to the studio to hear the record. I was at a lounge and realized that I was hearing it off the radio. That was when Power 105 had just started. There weren't any DJs around. It was automated and they were playing the original demo version that Cam had brought to Angie's show. They weren't even playing the finished version for the first few months, because everything was by computer, and they hadn't updated their computers at the station.
That goes to show you that every once in a while, you have a good song and you don't have to spend a million dollars to shove down the radio's throats. Every once in a while, you just have a record that's special. That was one of them.”