Mike Dean has been heavily in the spotlight recently thanks to his work on Kanye West's latest project, and now, he's also credited on Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which drops tomorrow. He sat down and spoke with MTV Hive on his forthcoming projects, including one with Freddie Gibbs, the possibility of a Justin Bieber rap album, and his work on Jay-Z's new project.
Here are a few notable excerpts below:
On producing Jay-Z's “Picasso Baby:"
Yeah? I didn’t see that tracklisting. That [song]’s not mine. [Looks at tracklist online and starts laughing.] These people are just wishing. That’s hilarious. Some of these song titles are right like “Nickels & Dimes.” I produced on that. “Tom Ford” would be a great title for a song.
On the possibility of a Justin Bieber rap album:
He’s cool. I produced the song with him and Raekwon “Runaway Love” with Kanye. Justin was asking me for stuff. I didn’t really have what he wanted.
On his forthcoming projects:
My taste for rappers is very high. I’ve only worked with like Pac and Jay-Z and Scarface. Angel Haze I’m working on. Freddie Gibbs, I’ll probably executive produce his album. Swizz Beatz and a song for Khaled’s album. Temper Trap. You heard of them? Australian rock band. Also, Depeche Mode remix coming out this week.
Read the whole MTV Hive interview here. Magna Carta Holy Grail is out tomorrow.