When Valee dropped off the video for his “Miami” remix, featuring G.O.O.D. Music president Pusha T on Feb. 27, we knew Valee was poised for success: in addition to the new visual, the Chicago native announced that his debut EP on G.O.O.D., GOOD Job, You Found Me was slated for a March 2 release and would be executive produced by Kanye West.
Following the EP’s release, Valee spoke with The Fader, and explained Kanye’s exact role as executive producer.
“He listened to each track quite a few times,” Valee told The Fader. “We were wondering if he was going to change stuff around or not but I guess I did a good enough job picking the producers. We sent him something that was missing a cowbell or something like that and he wanted to add that in. Some of the songs were out and, while we thought they sounded crispy and clear, he had his people go over it and have everything sounding A1. Now, we can play it in Benz and BMW speakers and nothing's poppin'.”
The two first spoke on the phone months ago, and just recently met at Kanye’s Calabasas, California office during All-Star Weekend in February, where Kanye offered Valee some sage advice.
“He told me to be open, go for it, whatever you wanna do just do it. No such thing as fear or nothing,” Valee said. “Being around that energy got me pulled away from being so shy and reserved. When you see somebody like that that makes such a big impact in music, when you finally be around their energy, it's for real. What you see in some interviews and stuff is the real deal. 'We're not gonna be pushed around' type shit.”
GOOD Job, You Found Me includes three previously released songs—”I Got Whatever,” “Miami,” and “Shell”—and three new cuts, ”Juice & Gin,” “Vlone,” and “Skinny.” Valee announced that he signed to G.O.O.D. on Feb. 1.