Ahead of his fifth studio album Scorpion, Drake has been releasing hit after hit, including the addictive anthem “Nice For What.” The song enjoyed four weeks in the No. 1 spot of the Billboard Hot 100, aided by killer cameos from Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, and more in the single’s accompanying music video.
But the song itself didn’t take Drake very long to make. In fact, he wrote the lyrics while playing a game of NBA 2K, according to the song's producer Murda Beatz. In an interview with Elliott Wilson and Brian "B.Dot" Miller for the Rap Radar podcast, the 24-year-old producer revealed just how nonchalant the whole affair was.
"We were chillin' at Drake's house, playing 2K, and we came up with the idea to [use] a female artist, to sample a female artist," Murda Beatz said. "So I asked my manager, like, 'Yo, what do you think?' He's like, '[Lauryn Hill's] "Ex-Factor."' And Drake's like, 'Oh, what part?' And we picked the part, chopped it up, I made the beat while he was playing 2K.”
Drake heard the beat, and decided to pause 2K to write the song. “He's like, 'This shit fire,'" Murda Beatz said. "He sat there, wrote the shit in front of me, cut the shit in front of me. We got the shit done, beat and song, probably in like an hour and a half."
It’s unclear whether or not Drake dominated in 2K that day, but him and Murda Beatz definitely got a hit song out of their chill session. "If me and Drake weren't together, that beat would have never been made," the producer added. "People bring the vibe and me and Drake being together sparked the energy to make a record like that."
Listen to Murda Beatz full interview here.