Ernest Dion "No I.D." Wilson, the sole man behind the boards on Jay Z's new album 4:44, has a long and distinguished career in hip-hop. But right now, his role as producer of Hov's much-talked-about new album is what people are most interested in, and it's what he discussed with Rolling Stone in a new interview.
In the Q&A, we get the entire history of the project, from its genesis as Wilson challenging himself by composing 500 musical ideas; to Jay's input regarding samples; to the recording process of the gut-wrenching title song; and much, much more.
But for a world newly hungry for anything 4:44-related, it's Wilson's revelations of unreleased but completed tracks from his sessions with Jay that are the most intriguing.
"There's three more songs that are coming out as bonuses," he revealed. "James Blake came in and joined into the process. There's more coming shortly that's equally as revealing."
This should not come as a surprise to those who have been paying close attention, as the album's engineer, Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, tweeted earlier tonight that "Adnis," a song heard in a commercial for the album but not actually on the project, would appear on 4:44's upcoming physical release.
The involvement of your favorite rapper's favorite British guy James Blake is not exactly a shock, given that he has appeared recently on projects by Vince Staples, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, and more.
To read all about the making of 4:44, including which classic albums served as inspiration, head over to Rolling Stone.