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

Jay-Z "Jigga That Nigga" (2001)

Album: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

Tone: “It was actually one of the first records he recorded for the album. Jay used to do a thing called ‘I Survived Beat Wednesday.’ Producers would go to Baseline studios and they would play beats. If they liked anything on your tape, they would give you a t-shirt. I was the first candidate.

“‘Jigga My Nigga’ wasn’t done for Jay. It was done for, MC Lyte. When we finished it, I thought it was more for Jay. When I was recording it, Shaka Zulu and his wife were in the studio. His speaks French so she came in and did that little intro in the beginning. Then I ran over to the studio and Jay loved it as soon as he heard it.

“Jay vocaled that record twice actually. He vocaled it the first time and I thought it was a hit. Then I left and three days later and he was like, ‘Yo I did the rhymes over, you’re gonna love it like this. I promise you.’ It wasn’t a single, we thought it would be but it wasn’t.”

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