Mike WiLL Made It: 10 Beats That Changed My Life

Gucci Mane f/ Rocko and T.I. "Plain Jane" (2012)

Album: Trap Back
Producer: Mike Will Made It
Label: Warner Bros.

"I remember every song I've worked on with Gucci Mane. We've got over 30 songs together. That's the first person to ever really go in and welcome me. He'd scream 'Mike Will Made It' in his verse. He really gave me a name and gave me placement on his DVDs. I met him when I was only 16 and I started working with him. We came out with the records when I was around 18, and he didn't have to say my name in his verses, but he was doing that. He linked me up with Zaytoven, he just had me coming over to his house when all these different rappers were coming over.

 

I used to be with Gucci every day. School nights, I was with Gucci going to all the different clubs, going to his video shoots. Just moving around with him is how I met a lot of different artists like 2 Chainz and Shawty Lo and other people I work with now. He introduced me to everyone.

 

"I used to be with Gucci every day. School nights, I was with Gucci going to all the different clubs, going to his video shoots. Just moving around with him is how I met a lot of different artists like 2 Chainz and Shawty Lo and other people I work with now. He introduced me to everyone. When he was going to that next level, we did 'East Atlanta 6,' that was our first big street record in 2007. That shit was just dope. We had put out a couple more records. I had all those records out in the streets with Gucci but nobody really knew who did what then, that's when I knew I needed a tag or something. I thought, 'I need to drop a mixtape that's going to point everybody back.'

"I think one of my favorite parts of doing all of this is the grind. I love the grind. Gucci taught me to never stop working. We did 20 songs in three days, I've never seen anybody work like that. So even when I'm working with other artists now, I just don't really get it because I'm used to working with a machine. Gucci does 20 songs in one night. That's why when everybody asks me who are your favorite two people to work with, I say Gucci and Future. They work so hard and so much. Future verses are so different, and Gucci is so creative, animated and fun. He really understands that he's an entertainer. But he works so hard and he comes with all these different ideas. It makes me wonder like, 'What the fuck? What made you think of this?'

"As a producer, even though an artist can't hear themselves on a dope track, you can hear how hard an artist can go on a track, and you hear how it can be that big of a record. That's what I did with Gucci and Future. Both of them, they both are open to listen to me and let me guide them and direct the on different tracks. That's how 'Plain Jane' came about. We were in the studio, I played the beat, and the beat was kind of a one-level type of beat. It went through the structure, came back, but it sounded real different. So with Gucci, we were just vibing and going with different flows. He goes in the booth, and he starts flowing a whole other rap. I'm like, 'Bro, what happened to 'My body took a lot of?' He was like, 'I didn't know you were fucking with that like that.'

 

As a producer that's what you're supposed to be doing. There's a difference between being a beat maker and a producer. A producer is going to put the whole record together and make sure it comes out right.

 

"I was toward the end of the beat, he just starts rapping, 'I know my body took a lot of ehh," but with a lot of energy. So I was like, 'Man, you got to do it with that same grunt flow.' So he went back and did it the right way but he did it at the end of the beat. So I told the engineer, 'Take that, put it at the beginning, lay that as the first verse.' As a producer that's what you're supposed to be doing. There's a difference between being a beat maker and a producer. A producer is going to put the whole record together and make sure it comes out right. So when I did that, Gucci doesn't really like listening to just anybody, but I know the real Gucci. I've known him since I was 16, so he can trust me with that."

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