Jay-Z f/ Sterling Simms "Dig a Hole" (2006)
Album: Kingdom Come
Producer: Swizz Beatz
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Sean Garrett:"Getting in and actually working with Jay_Z was the most pressure I've ever been up under. I would see him all the time and he gave me the nickname "The Pen" because I did so much work for Beyonce. I would see him all the time and we would joke around all the time but he would always challenge me—that's the one thing I admire the most about him.
Sometimes it's not so much about being good but about being next. Jay-Z puts mad pressure on you. He doesn't say much but you know the pressure is on.
"At the time he was the president of Def Jam. I would say Jay-Z was probably one of the most influential big name people that put a lot pressure on me but at the same time, made me better. He was always bringing me down to Earth. I would always try to impress him, and I would send him things like "Diva." I actually didn't send that to Beyonce. I sent it to Jay. I was just on one. I would send it to him and hope for his approval. That was one that he really liked.
"I would see him when I was working on B'Day and wait for his approval on a lot of the songs so when I got a chance to work with him on "Dig a Hole," I didn't even really think he was going to like that record actually. I don't know how but Jay just brings the best out of you. He's like the big brother where I just hope he likes this track because he's so theoretical and so methodical at the same time. Sometimes it's not so much about being good but about being next. He puts mad pressure on you. He doesn't say much but you know the pressure is on." [Laughs.]