Ski Beatz recently caught up with MTV’s Mixtape Daily to discuss his work with New Orleans rapper Curren$y. During the interview, the veteran producer compared Spitta’s 2010 Pilot Talk series to former collaborator Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, saying that his in-studio chemistry with Curren$y helped produce the same quality of music that he and Hova made on his 1996 debut.
“I feel like the albums I did with Curren$y — Pilot Talk 1 and 2 — are like the Reasonable Doubt of this time,” he explained. “The music that I chose and gave Curren$y is timeless music; it’s gonna be around. Older people listen to Curren$y because the beats — it kinda takes them back. But younger cats listen to it because of the lyrical content and the flows; because they are able to relate to what Curren$y is talking about. That’s how it was with Jay: the music that we chose was kinda older-sounding music, but the lyrics was now.”
Ski also reminisced on work with Jay-Z on Reasonable Doubt. He said that after hearing him on Original Flavor’s “Can I Get Open,” he was itching to work with the Brooklyn upstart. He even added that Jay’s rhymes made him stop pursuing rapping and focus on more on producing.
“Jay rhymed, and at the moment when I heard him rhyme, I was like, ‘This dude gotta get on one of our songs,’ ” he said. “He was dope! He was the best rapper I’ve ever heard in my life. He got on [Original Flavor’s] ‘Can I Get Open,’ and after that, me, personally, I decided to stop rapping and just start producing him solely.”
The full interview can be seen below.
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