Just Blaze Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

Mariah Carey f/ Jay-Z & Freeway “You Got Me” (2002)

Album: Charmbracelet
Label: Island / MonarC

Just Blaze: “We had done a bunch of sessions after 'Oh Boy.' One night a guitar player named Chris Sholar, who works with Q-Tip now if I'm not mistaken, came through to the session and I had some ideas.

“He played this guitar lick, and I was like, 'Yo, take this, play that.' I don't play guitar, but sometimes you just have to hear one chord, and you know what direction it's going in after that. He played that one chord, and I loved it and started directing him.

“We were doing a lot of the sped-up samples, so Mariah started singing, 'You know you got me.' Then she was like, 'What if we took it and slowed the beat all the way down. I'll sing it really slow. Then speed it back up, so it sounds like a sped-up sample.' I was with it.

 
I kind of took Freeway's career into my own hands for a minute.
 

“We were going to go to the extent of clearing a fake sample, just to throw everybody off. We never took it that far, because the legalities of that would have been crazy. We would have had to trade a fake record and a legal record for it, and then clear the fake record. It just got too far for something we were going to do just for laughs.

“We did the record, and she was like, 'And then maybe you can call your girlfriend.' I was like, 'Yo, at the time...' I kind of took Freeway's career into my own hands for a minute. Me and Freeway had a good relationship, so I took him under my wing. I was putting him on everything that I was doing.

“I put him on the EA Sports NBA Live soundtrack, and shot a video for it. I put him on the Faith Evans remix. They were fighting me on it at first like, 'Who's Freeway? blah, blah, blah.' Then they got it and they were like,'Yo this is crazy!'

 
When Freeway says, 'I pull up on your strip and go,' and she does her part, he wanted gunshots over it. I was like, 'Dude we can't have gunshots on a Mariah Carey record. I'm sorry, but we'll let her part get her point across.'
 

“It was a tag team. Every time someone called me for something, I was throwing him on it. So it was the same thing with the Mariah record. She definitely wanted Jay, and I was like, 'Listen, my man Freeway is definitely about to be one of the next big things, and Jay might take a second. I can get Freeway on the record right now.'

“So, I had him come down. He recorded his verse right away. We got Jay later on and worked out a deal for it appear on Freeway's album and Mariah's album. That was big.

“A funny thing about that is when he says, 'I pull up on your strip and go,' and she does her part, he wanted gunshots over it. I was like, 'Dude we can't have gunshots on a Mariah Carey record. I'm sorry, but we'll let her part get her point across. Obviously, Freeway wasn't my artist, but I was kind of treating it as such. We had that kind of relationship, and some good music came out of that.”

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