“That was interesting,” Alex da Kid said while speaking to the BMI How I Wrote That Song audience at the event which also featured Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Wilson, among others. “I originally did that for T.I. Puff heard it and didn’t let me leave his house. I did the beat and Skylar [Grey] did the chorus. Puff got Jay to write his verses, which was crazy. Jay and Puff went back and forth for awhile [to complete the track].”
Alex da Kid Says Alicia Keys Originally Wrote A Hook For “Love The Way You Lie” Beat
“I did that beat three years before Eminem heard it,” Alex said. “So I did that in my mom’s house, in our basement. “It’s weird because Alicia Keys wrote a hook for it and it didn’t go anywhere. I was super excited but it didn’t go anywhere. Nobody wanted it, but we sent it to Marshall [Mathers].”
“Love The Way You Lie” would not have been possible without another track, Alex says. That track was “Airplanes,” a selection by B.o.B and Hayley Williams of Paramore.
“‘Airplanes’ was my first real hit,” Alex says. “This was the hustle…It wasn’t for B.o.B at all and it was for other people at Atlantic…Eventually, it got to B.o.B and he killed it. This was like the tenth version of it. This was actually how I met Marshall and that’s how we did ‘Love the Way You Lie.’”
Alex da Kid Says Dr. Dre is “The Nicest Person On The Planet”
“Dre is the nicest person in the planet,” Alex says. “When we got in the studio, he was super cool and nice. I had these gangsta beats and I played him that one and he just went with that one. Me, Dre and Marshall in the studio…There’s things they’ve been through together and when you listen to the record there’s some things only they get.”
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