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Rick Ross f/ Cee-Lo “Tears Of Joy” (2010)

Album: Teflon Don

Label: Def Jam/Slip-n-Slide/MMG

No I.D.: “The funny thing about that beat, is that one was made for J. Cole. J. Cole is a producer, and a lot of what I was doing for him wasn’t just giving him beats—I was helping him. When you’re O.G. status you’ve gotta give back, so I was guiding Cole and helping him do his thing. So I didn’t really sweat him passing on all of these records because I knew they’d find a good home.

 

So we were down in Hawaii and Rick Ross was out there. He asked me to play him some things, but I told him no because I was out there with Ye. That’s not how I roll—catch me outside of Hawaii. Then Ye said ‘Give Ross some beats, man!’

 

“I work really good when I’m challenged. I don’t work well if I’m not. So we were down in Hawaii and Rick Ross was out there. He asked me to play him some things, but I told him no because I was out there with Ye. That’s not how I roll—catch me outside of Hawaii. Then Ye said ‘Give Ross some beats, man!’ I just grabbbed some beats that I had and he picked it immediately. He called and said ‘I’m keeping that one for sure.’ So I was like ‘Okay, alright, let me know.’ I’ve heard that before.

“Then the next thing I know the record had leaked to the internet. I couldn’t believe how crazy the record was when I heard it. Everybody was hitting me about the record, so I was trying to figure out what Ross did to that beat to make everyone go so crazy. But it was definitely a special song and I was happy to be on that one. It just did something for me.

“Everyone knows I do beats for Jay and Ye, but that was just so unexpected for me. It was outside of my realm.”

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