Album: The Dynasty
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Just Blaze: “‘Streets Is Talking’ was the first record Jay and I ever did together. I made it in my house. I was one of the first people to use Pro Tools. Nowadays, using Pro Tools on a laptop is common. Ten years ago it wasn’t.
“I spent a ton of time and money putting together a rig that might have been able to work. Even Digidesign, the company who makes Pro Tools, was telling me it wasn’t going to work. I got it to work, so I was like, ‘I’m going to try to learn how to make beats on this thing.’
“‘Streets is Talking’ was probably the first beat at that point in my career that I made [on Pro Tools]. It might have been a combination of Pro Tools and the [MPC], I’m not really sure. I made this beat as a test while learning how to use a sample cell card and the many functions of Pro Tools.
“It came out kind of good, so I put it on a cassette. Jay ended up hearing it from Lenny [Santiago]. When he told me he wrote to it, I was like, ‘Yeah, right,’ because I had been around him for a year already and nothing had come about. Then, I went to see him two days later I realized he did. That’s how that record got made.”