Big Sean “I Do It” (2011)
Album: Finally Famous
Label: Def Jam
No I.D.: "I was working on [Common’s] The Dreamer, The Believer, so I had this old-school keyboard that’s really hard to get. It doesn’t have any presets so you have to link the sound with the knob to get it right. So one day [The Legendary] Traxster comes in the lab, and we’d been working together. He heard it and was like ‘What is this?’ And I was like ‘Man, you don’t know nothing about that.’ Because we joust like that.
We both looked at each other like, ‘Now that we know how to do these type of beats, it’s going to be a problem. We know how to do records in that area? Yep, that’s a problem.’
“So I’m laying on the couch halfway asleep, and I’d spent so much time to get the distortion the right way on the beat, and to link the sounds. But it wasn’t there yet. Then I hear Traxster messing around on the keyboard, and I hear the melody and it wakes me up and I’m like ‘Ohhh shit.’ Then I get up and pull up the kit and start working on it with him. So this was opposite of [Twista’s] ‘The Heat’ where I had the music and then he did the drums. He did the melody and I did the drums, and then I had some of my players come in and do live instruments on it.
“But yeah, we both looked at each other like, ‘Now that we know how to do these type of beats, it’s going to be a problem. We know how to do records in that area? Yep, that’s a problem.’”