88-Keys Recalls Kanye West Playing Beats For Jay-Z For "Blueprint"

posted Sunday December 23 ,2012 at 10:53AM CST | 14 comments

88-Keys Recalls Kanye West Playing Beats For Jay-Z For

88-Keys remembers a "Blueprint"-era tale of Jay-Z and Kanye West.

88-Keys has been producing for over a decade, but has garnered significant attention since 2011 for his work on Jay-Z and Kanye West's "No Church in the Wild." It turns out that the producer has some stories about The Throne before their group album.

"I've known Jay for a couple years... 'Ye and me been best friends since 2001," explained Keys in an interview with ThisIs50.com. "At the time [Kanye and I] met, I had produced three songs, years prior, on Mos Def's album. Back then, I'd be working on beats, and he'd call me up and be like, 'Yo, I think I got something for Jay.' And this is while The Blueprint was being made. ...He just played me one beat, and I'm like, 'Yo, you tryin' to see Jay with one beat?' I always tell him, like, 'Yo, you buggin! You gotta come with, like, a batch. What if he don't like that one?' And he's like, 'Nah, this is it.'"

Keys continue "So I'm slavin' on beats for like a week, two weeks straight, tryin' to get the perfect batch. We go, I play my batch [for Jay-Z], get the head nod, whatever, Kanye plays one, [and Jay-Z] says, 'Yo, let's throw that up.'"

"That's pretty much how The Blueprint was made," he added.

Watch the interview below:

RELATED: 88-Keys Speaks On Producing For Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch The Throne"

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Comments 14 Posts

  • EverybodywonbeHOV but HOv is still ALIVE!
    Bird ass nicca I don't Mean to ruffle You all I know you're waiting in the wing but am doing my thing... Where's The Love..... To all angry birds here.
  • kangay-GAY-Z
    One of the best produced albums ever! fuck both these fad chancing/creating lames. move to Europe and suck each others diks.YOU BOTH HAVE LOST YOUR MUSIC SOULS!
  • GZ UP
    GOOGLE "DAVID CELAYA MUSIC" AND LISTEN TO THAT
  • Anonymous
    YO WHY THAT NIGGA LOOK LIKE A BUM THOUGH??? LET ME FIND OUT HIS BFF KANYE IS HIS STYLIST... AND WTF IS WRONG WITH THAT DEBO LOOKING NIGGA!!!???
  • the Grza
    This contradicts Kanye's story of him saying the beats he made for Blueprint were originally intended for himself.
    • Anonymous
      it was ghostproduced, kanye just put his name on beats
  • Anonymous
    i'm friend of kanye west too, i follow him on twitter
  • So Icy Boi!
    who cares? Kanye iz an old washed up nigga. he iz irrelevant in 2012. lmao.. and who iz diz 88 nigga? huh? I never heard of diz 50 y old azz nigga. WE real hip hop fans wanna hear stories from da realest gangsta and King of Hip Hop Lil Wayne Weezy F Baby carter series. YMCMB MMG all day err day. swag
    • joey blaze
      you should kill yourself with your dumb ass comment.
  • Anonymous
    who gives a mother fuck. this article comes out every 4 months with a different person/producer.
    • Anonymous
      LMAO OMG I'm dying here
  • I Don't Fuck WIth None Of You Niggas I Might Pull Out This Gun On You Niggas And Rob Every Last One Of You Niggas
    88-Keys Recalls Being On Kanye West's Dick.
    • YourFaja
      88 has classics in the game and been around for just as long. If Ye was looking to HIM to get beats to Jay, how is it logical that he's on Ye's dick? Do you niggas just say stupid shit naturally or do you think about it first?
  • raidfuljohnson
    http://www.datpiff.com/Jr-Reuche-De-Reuche-Muetel-6-Soloist-mixtape.432866.html