2 Chainz f/ Drake "No Lie" (2012)
Album: Based On A T.R.U. Story
Producer: Mike Will Made It
Label: Def Jam
"It was really simple. It's just like with Futureâ€”boom, it's nothing new. 2 Chainz would call me and be like, 'The album's coming. Let's do something for it.' I went down there, and I already had the 'No Lie' beat and 'Wut We Doin?' sitting and waiting for a project. I had both of those just waiting for him because he had just put out T.R.U. REALigion. He told me it was go-time and he was about to go back in the studio, so I went to the studio with him and played those beats first. He was just losing his mind.
"When he heard 'Wut We Doin?' he walked in the booth and laid down the hook. Then he heard 'No Lie,' and he was like, 'I might have this as the intro to my album.' I was like, 'You should get Birdman to come on hear and talk some crazy shit. You got to get a big feature on here.' He was like, 'Yeah man, that's something I might do. Just get someone to talk and go crazy on the verses.'
Drake is damn near the best with melodies. People are just walking around singing 'No lie, no lie.' When I found my mom doing it, just walking around not listening to the song and just singing it back, I was like, 'Okay, this shit is a problem.'
"He laid down his verses, and he texted me at 7 a.m. like, 'Bro, we got one. Drake just laid down a hook and a verse.' Then Drake texted me like, 'That shit is out of here Mike.' I was out of town working with 'Ye, I flew back, and then I went on the road with 2 Chainz for the weekend and he let me hear it. He was like, 'I'm only going to let you hear this one time, because you're going to hear this shit so many times you won't want to hear this shit any more. This shit is going to be on the radio all day.'
"After the first time hearing it, I knew the hook, that's how I always know it's a hit record. Think about it, if you listen to a song one time and you know you can sing the words back, just imagine everybody hearing the song. They're going to be walking around singing that shit. I think I listened to the song two times while we were on the road and that was it. Then, the song came out and everybody knew all the words.
"Drake is damn near the best with melodies. People are just walking around, 'No lie, no lie,' and they're not even listening to the song. When I found my mom doing it, just walking around not listening to the song and just singing it back, I was like, 'Okay, this shit is a problem.'"