Me and 40 work on projects and he normally hits me like, “Hey, I might need something for this.” I think at the time we were working on [Drake’s] Nothing Was the Same and then he came and said, “Yo, Beyoncé, we gotta do something.”
So then I had some ideas and he was like, “All right, that’s dope!” We had the idea, then we added some chords and we took it to the studio, Drake added some words to it and the rest is history. It was all done at Jungle City Studios, which is right in [New York City].
Initially, I didn’t really know where it was going to go. I didn’t know it was going to be for Beyoncé’s album. I figured it could have been one out of a hundred tracks she recorded or listened to. So I didn’t know it was going to be ‘that’ joint. I’ve been in the game for a little while so I’ve learned you can’t really expect anything. You usually have to wait until something happens. You can’t really have high expectations in this music industry.
I was just like, “If it happens, it happens.” Then of course it happened sort of out of the blue. I sort of knew when everyone else knew. So when everyone else found out [after Beyoncé did the surprise LP release], that’s when I found out. You have to treat it as business as usual. It’s definitely a boost because in this industry, it’s about relevancy. You’re as dope as your next record or album.
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Check out Beyoncé’s “Mine” (snippet):