A full seven years later, "Aston Martin Music" still stands as a highlight in Drake's collab discography. The hit track, which helped Rick Ross' Teflon Don album hit gold certification, boasts one of the most memorable beats in Renzel's catalog thanks to the magic of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production collective. In a new interview, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League member Erik "Rook" Ortiz revealed that the 6 God actually passed on the beat before it made its way to Ross.
"We didn't do the song specifically for Ross," Rook told DJBooth. "A few other people made songs to it. Actually, I sent it to Drake before I sent it to Ross. Ross did the song with him and Chrisette Michele, and DJ Khaled sent it to Drake. Then when Drake got it, he text me and was like, 'Yo! Why didn't you send me this beat?!' I was like, 'My man, that was in the first set of beats I sent you.' He got on it and did his thing, though."
The hardest part about nailing down the "Aston Martin Music" beat, Rook added, was making sure the track's opening moments established the right mood. "I think the main inspiration for that was Prince and old-school R&B like Cherrelle and The Whispers," Rook said. "Even Ice Cube's 'You Know How We Do It' and 'It Was a Good Day.' Like, as soon as the song comes on, you know exactly what the fuck it is."
The Aston Martin vibes continued with the release of Drake's "Paris Morton Music," as well as the Nothing Was the Same highlight "Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2" featuring Jay Z.
Though Rook was initially worried that the track's structure might impede its radio performance, "Aston Martin Music" went on to enjoy 20 weeks on the charts .