Mike WiLL Made It: 10 Beats That Changed My Life

Juicy J f/ Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz "Bandz A Make Her Dance" (2012)

Album: Stay Trippy
Producer: Mike Will Made It
Label: Columbia


"I grew up on Juicy J, so I really couldn't even fucking wait to work with Juicy J, Project Pat and DJ Paul. Juicy J was always one of my favorites. For one, he was a producer and I just used to love how he came on his verses every time. All of them had unorthodox flows, but Juicy J had the crazy ass ad-libs. He was always crazy to me.

 

I grew up on Juicy J, so I really couldn't even wait to work with Juicy J, Project Pat, and DJ Paul. Juicy J was always one of my favorites. For one, he was a producer and I just used to love how he came on his verses every time.

 

"I saw the work he was doing with Lex Luger, and I heard the mixtapes they were dropping together. I saw Juicy coming back, so I knew we could do some crazy ass shit. He reached out to me when I was working with Kanye and he was talking to me like, 'I fuck with your shit. Why don't you send me a couple beats?' I was working on my second mixtape so I was like we can start off right there because I'm about to drop my second mixtape in a couple months.

"I sent him the beats and he did 'Cash Erewhere,' that's the song that was on my second mixtape and that shit was dope as hell. Then he called me and he was like, 'Yo, I did a song to another one of your other beats. I did it in somebody's kitchen.' I was like, 'You did it in somebody's kitchen?' And he said, 'Yeah man, but it's hard as fuck.' I was like, 'How are you going to rap on one of my beats in somebody's kitchen? Come on. Send it to me.'

"I was in Los Angeles, and he sent it to me while I was in the studio working with somebody else. I played it on the big speakers and I was like, 'Oh shit!' I called him and I was like, 'This shit is number one. As soon as I get back to the A, I'm fucking putting this shit out to all the strip clubs, everywhere.' As soon as we got off the phone, he leaked it. There was a big response. When I went to the strip clubs down in Atlanta, all the DJs were playing it.

 

The track got so hot in Atlanta in the streets and at the strip club, they had no choice but to play it on the radio. It got added to rotation before the labels got involved or Juicy J hollered at them. It ended up being a real dope record.

 

"I was telling the radio DJs, 'You've got to get this new Juicy J record.' They were like, 'Juicy J records don't really work on the radio. His solo work doesn't really work well on the radio.' I was like, 'You are a fucking fool if you don't play this record.' This shit is crazy. I don't give a fuck who is singing it. You could have been singing this shit and if you sounded like this, this shit is going to work well on the radio. They were like, 'We'll try it out, we'll test it out.' Then they were like, 'We tried it out and it wasn't really hitting.'

"It got so hot in Atlanta in the streets and at the strip club, they had no choice but to play it. They started playing it on the radio and it got added to rotation before the labels got involved or Juicy J hollered at them. It ended up being a real dope record. Then he got Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz to get on it. I got a text from them like, 'You're going to have a 2 Chainz verse for 'Bandz' tonight.' They sent it to me, and then Juicy J sent me Wayne's verse. I put the song together and I put it out on my second mixtape. That's the one everybody of course picked up on and started going with. It's still spinning till this day."

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