Dot Da Genius Tells All: The Stories Behind his Classic Records

Kanye West and Jay-Z f/ Beyonce "Lift Off" (2011)

Producer: Kanye West, Jeff Bhasker, Mike Dean, Q-Tip, Pharrell, Don Jazzy
Album: Watch The Throne
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Def Jam

Dot Da Genius: “Ye actually asked me to come to one of the Mercer Sessions. He wanted me to touch 'Lift Off.' I was at the house and I got a call from Cudi. Cudi was with Kanye and Cudi was like, 'Yo, come to Mercer right now. Like, right now. Kanye wants you to work on some shit.'

 

I was at the house and I got a call from Cudi. Cudi was with Kanye and Cudi was like, 'Yo, come to Mercer right now. Like, right now. Kanye wants you to work on some sh*t.'

 

“So I get over there, and he's playing me 'Lift Off.' There was a lot of different versions to 'Lift Off.' Even the version that I worked on didn't end up making the album.

“Kanye had different versions of 'Lift Off' and he was trying to describe to me how he wanted it to sound, what it needed to have rhythmically. So I was in one of the rooms at the Mercer just working on the record. Me and Jeff Bhasker—who produced it—were trying to get that vibe right.

“I left it in their hands. I don't know all the collaborators on that record, but someone was able to give it the feel that they wanted. That's pretty much how that played out. But a lot of things are coming in the future."

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