Producer: Jazze Pha
T.I.: “[A song for the ladies] was just a natural progression. That’s just who I am as a person. It’s a part of my duality. It allows me to have a diversified fan base, whether it’s mothers and daughters or sons and fathers. I’ve been fortunate enough to be on the positive end of that transition.
“The video was awesome. We went to Miami and we really just turned up. The only bad thing about it was that I shot that video and then I had to go turn myself in for a probation violation right after. It was a pretty good going-away party.”
[I tried to sample] Aretha Franklin’s ‘Day Dreaming.’ They were like, ‘We couldn't use it because we couldn't get it cleared in time.’ So I changed the melody and I made my own melody out of it. Then when the video came out, they changed it back. - Jazze Pha
Jazze Pha: “I met T.I. through DJ Toomp and Kawan Prather. T.I. only had a couple songs recorded at that time, but he had a record that I loved called ‘Lap Dance.’ T.I. had a lot of style about him. It wasn’t about expensive clothes because he didn’t have any expensive clothes. It was just his style. He had an arrogance, but it was cool. I was in Miami and T.I. called me from Los Angeles and was like, ‘We need to come up with a record that’s vibing for the girls.’ I just came up with it.
“[I tried to sample] Aretha Franklin’s ‘Day Dreaming.’ I had originally done the record singing that same melody. They were like, ‘We couldn’t use it because we couldn’t get it cleared in time.’ So I changed the melody and I made my own melody out of it, and people really gravitated toward the melody I changed it to. Then when the video came out, they changed it back. That was an executive decision which I thought we didn’t really need. I didn’t think we needed the sampled version because our fans didn’t really know that record anyway, so it’s not like there’s no real nostalgia for them with the record.
“I don’t think [‘Let’s Get Away’] was contrived with T.I., it just happened naturally. I don’t think it was like, ‘I’m going to make pop records’ or ‘This would be a great pop record.’ He just tried the ideas that were presented to him. A lot of times he had his own ideas because he was a producer too.”