Trackmasters Tell All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records (Part 2)

R. Kelly f/ Jay-Z & Boo & Gotti "Fiesta (Remix)" (2001)

Album: TP-2.com
Label: Jive

Tone: “We did the remix to the track and we wanted to get Jay-Z on the record. Jay-Z was really hard [to get on a record]. You had to really have a smash to get Jay on a record.

"Jay and Steve Stoute were really cool at the time and we told him, ‘We want to get you on this record’ and he said, ‘Alright, I'm thinking about it.’ Rob was a spoiled brat, he's like, ‘Just get such and such on the record,’ and then it’s supposed to be done. Meanwhile, Jay was not that type of guy.

 

Rob doesn’t show up for a while and Jay gets aggravated, and he's like, ‘I'm out.’ He gives us a preview of what his verse is gonna sound like. He starts going in and me and Steve Stoute are like, ‘This is gonna be crazy!’ But then Jay left. - Tone

 

“Eventually, he wanted Jay-Z on the record, they had know each other. So they flew down and Jay gets to the studio and R Kelly isn’t there, obviously because he does his thing [where he disappears for hours].

"Jay is in the studio and the beat comes on and he's instantly like, ‘Oh my God! This is a monster.’ In the studio, Jay will have a conversation with you and be talking but he's writing the rhymes [in his head]. I'm on the boards, I was next to him, and I'm like, ‘Yo let’s just put it down.’ He's looking at me like, ‘Where’s Rob?’ He was like he's not gonna do nothing until Rob gets there.

"So Rob doesn’t show up for a while and Jay gets aggravated, and he's like, ‘I'm out. I'm leaving. I gotta go.’ We’re in Chicago and we’re like, ‘Where the fuck are you going?’ But Jay’s tight and he was finished. So, he gives us a preview of what its gonna sound like. He starts spitting the rhymes like, ‘After the show it’s the after party.’ He starts going all the way in and me and Steve Stoute are like, ‘Oh my God! This is gonna be crazy!’

"But Jay leaves the studio and he's got a flight because he's going home. So we had to convince Jay to stay one more night, we made up some excuse. I don’t even know why Rob didn’t show up.

 

We partied in the studio to ‘Fiesta’ till the next morning. We had girls and liquor and we were just getting it in the studio. Just that one record, on repeat. Like, ‘Rewinnnd!!!!’ That’s how we knew it was a hit. - Tone

 

“Rob showed up later for Jay looking for Jay. Jay had moved his flight to the next morning because he was supposed to fly right back out that night. When Jay comes back to the studio, has a conversation with Rob, and they talk like, ‘Yo, where were you at?’ Then Jay goes in and he puts the famous rhyme down. [Laughter.] But the real story to that record is after we got the vocals up.”

Poke: “Oh this is good.”

Tone: “We partied in the studio to ‘Fiesta’ till the next morning. We played it on loop. We had girls and liquor and we were just getting it in the studio. Just that one record, on repeat. It be like, ‘Rewinnnd!!!!’ That’s how we knew that shit was a hit. We knew what it was from the moment Jay put it down. That lead to the Best of Both Worlds album.”

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