Beyond The Beats: Mike WiLL

Future “Ain’t No Way Around It” (2011)

Album: True Story

Mike WiLL:“When I made that track, I knew it wasn’t going to anyone but Future. I wasn’t going to let anyone hear it. I already had an idea about how he should go on it. We were shooting the video for the first song that he and I did called ‘Dirty Sprite,’ when he said, ‘Let’s go to the studio.’ I was like, ‘Alright. I’ve got this track for you. It’s crazy.’

 

Future had a show two weeks after the mixtape dropped. It was somewhere out of town, and he had left it off of the performance list. His DJ just started playing it, so he went in on his verse, and the crowd knew every word. He called me and said, '‘Ain’t No Way Around It’ is big, bro. We’ve got one.’

 

“When I played it for him, he wasn’t really feeling it and went to another track. He said, ‘Man, you ain’t got nothing else?’ I told him, ‘Nah. This is it, bro. I’m telling you.’ We’re together damn-near everyday, so the next day I played it for him again. He still said, ‘Nah. That ain’t it.’ I went to the studio with him about six or seven times with this same beat, and it got to the point where he asked me, ‘You ain’t got no more beats?’ I told him, ‘Nah. This is it. You’re going to go crazy on it.’

“The same night he was doing ‘Tony Montana,’ I came to the studio. He finished ‘Tony Montana’ at two or three in the morning and asked if I had any beats. I said, ‘I’ve got that same beat. You’ve just got to get on there and put some harmonies on it. Do some shit that the girls will fuck with.’ He finally agreed to try it.

“I played the track, and he listened to it two times through. Then, he said, ‘I got it’ and went in the booth and only laid down the hook. He let the hook sit for about a month, before he put a verse on it. Then, he let the verse sit for another month, before he put the second verse on it.

“Everyone in the studio was telling him it was hard, and I used to ask him everyday when he was going to finish it. He wasn’t really fucking with it. He only recorded the last verse to finish up his True Story mixtape.

“He was surprised that it stood out. He had a show two weeks after the mixtape dropped. It was somewhere out of town, and he had left it off of the performance list. His DJ just started playing it, so he went in on his verse, and the crowd knew every word. He called me and said, ‘‘Ain’t No Way Around It’ is big, bro. We’ve got one.’ He showed me the footage of the show, and I got chills. From there, the radio picked up on it, and you see what it is now.”

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