Sean Garrett Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Beyonce "Diva" (2009)

Album: I Am... Sasha Fierce
Producer: Bangladesh, Sean Garrett, Beyonce Knowles
Label: Columbia

Sean Garrett:"'Diva' was challenging. It was a street anthem. A diva is a female version of a —it was just that perspective. I know she respects the hustler mentality. I was playing around with that concept. I wanted to use some reverse psychology. I know people call her a diva but I wanted to have her explain what a diva really was and not what people expect a diva to be, a negative perspective. It was more of an empowering perspective of what a diva is.

 

I sent it to Jay-Z before I sent it to Beyonce because you never know how a record is going to be come about or be accepted or be viewed. The confident side of me said if Jay loves it then I know it's right.

 

"I sent it to Jay-Z before I sent it to Beyonce because you never know how a record is going to be come about or be accepted or be viewed. The confident side of me said if Jay loves it then I know it's right. I'm not afraid of being told 'this isn't it' but I just like to be challenged. You yearn for it. You yearn for the acceptance from the people you really respect to like your stuff and what you're doing.

"Most people might think that it was crazy to give it to Jay first because if he says no then that's that. It was just a blessing to be around people you admire and challenge the creative because there have been times I haven't impressed certain people with records and I kind of like that. I know it sounds weird but I like the challenge and I hate the disappointment."

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