Album: Cruel Summer
Producer: Lifted, Mike Dean, Mike Will, Phines Muzic, Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke
Label: G.O.O.D Music, Def Jam
"Working with Kanye [West], you already know. It's everything you would imagine. He's a genius. He's ill. I looked up to him when I was coming up. Future was actually out there working with Kanye, and Kanye was hearing the tracks I was doing for Future's album, and he had already heard the tracks I was doing on the mixtapes. So [Kanye] was just like, 'Yo, who is this dude? Who is this dude with the tag 'Mike WiLL Made It?' Future was like, 'That's my brother.' So Kanye was like, 'Okay, I want to work with him.'
One thing about 'Ye, he likes trying something a lot of different ways, and whatever I did, he ended up liking it. That was just dope, and that was a start of many more things to come, hopefully, in the future.
"Future put us in line with each other and flew me out of town and we ended working together. The first day, we were just letting each other hear different music. What I was working on, he was letting me hear what he was working on, and he let me hear 'Mercy' the first day, before he got on it. He let me hear 'Theraflu' and he let me hear a whole bunch of different records. We were just vibing and whatnot, and there was something about 'Mercy.' He's like, 'There's something missing here.' He's like, 'I feel like the drums that you got will help this record out. You're a beast with the drums.' We ended up just vibing with a whole bunch of different records, and I tested out 'Mercy.' I was messing with it a little bit, and it ended up coming out dope.
"One thing about 'Ye, he likes trying something a lot of different ways, and whatever I did, he ended up liking it. That was just dope, and that was a start of many more things to come, hopefully, in the future. 'Ye fucks with my sound, and obviously I fuck with 'Ye's sound, so I felt like that was just the beginning."