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

Paul McCartney and The Last Days at Columbia

Poke: “The last leg of our shit at Columbia was when we brought Paul McCartney into the building. He wanted us to do a remix album with him for the Beatles. The president of Columbia at the time [Donnie Ienner] was mad because Paul McCartney was coming to our office and we didn’t invite Paul McCartney to his office. They got mad and were giving us shit.

“At the time he had the number one record and we had the number one album. So Paul McCartney was like, ‘I like the music and work these guys do. Let’s put together a meeting and see about doing a collaboration on the Beatles remix album.’ That’s what the meeting was about. The meeting went really good and the whole building was buzzing.”

 

The president of Columbia at the time [Donnie Ienner] was mad because Paul McCartney was coming to our office and we didn’t invite Paul McCartney to his office. - Poke

 

Tone: “They were like offended. Paul McCartney was in the office with Poke and Tone and the higher ups didn’t have the opportunity to say, ‘Hey Paul McCartney.’”

Poke: “They got upset and it was really bad when my attorney called me and was like, ‘Yo what the fuck is going on over there?’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And he said, ‘Did you have Paul McCartney in your office?’ I’m like yeah. And he was like, ‘We gotta talk. Finish your meeting and call me back.’ He started telling me Donny Ienner was beefing that Paul McCartney was with us.”

Tone: “That was just part of the Bureaucracy, we didn’t see it as a big problem.”

Poke: “It’s a meeting, we have meetings every day. All day long.”

Tone: “I mean, no disrespect to Paul, but I wasn’t even in awe. I just wasn’t. We’re from two different worlds I like the Beatles music, I’d sample your shit, like that type of thing. But these are old white guys who grew up on that shit.”

Poke:“The whole building was buzzing. Like all the fucking security was like, ‘Oh my God!’ It was like Michael Jackson stepped in the fucking building. It was bigger than that. It was like what the fuck is wrong with you people?”

 

We left with Destiny Child's 'Independent Woman' being the number one record on the charts. So even if they wanted us out the building, it was a hard pill to swallow. - Poke

 

Tone: “And we were sitting there talking like three producers, just having a conversation. That was pretty much the last straw. After that we were like this is bullshit.”

Poke: “We left with Destiny Child's 'Independent Woman' being the number one record on the charts. So even if they wanted us out the building, it was a hard pill to swallow because it was like kicking Jordan off the Bulls. Like how do you do that. It was like, y'all are fucking crazy. So that’s the bullshit that happened.”

Tone: “We left on a super high note. It was like, ‘Fuck yall, we’ve given you guys over a billion dollars worth of records and you treated us like this because Paul McCartney is in the building? That’s fucking stupid.’ That’s ridiculous. Beyond petty. It’s that corporate bullshit, that Mitt Romney shit. Get out of here. You guys are petty, we’re all adults. We’re all successful and you’re doing bullshit.”

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