While not an official member of Roc-A-Fella Records, Ski Beatz was very instrumental during the Roc’s formative years. Ski supplied the beats behind Reasonable Doubt’s “Feelin’ It,” “Politics As Usual,” and “22 Two’s.” While Roc-A-Fella’s founding members have gone their separate ways, Ski maintains a connection. The North Carolina native is behind the boards for most of Curren$y’s recent work, and Curren$y now finds his album bearing the Roc-a-fella/Def Jam logo.
Having rebranded his label as Roc Nation, Jay-Z has given another NC resident the stamp of approval, and Ski is also apparently interested.
“I wanna do a track with J. Cole ‘cause he’s from NC an I’m from NC,” Ski told SoulCulture. A fan apparently saw the video and echoed the suggestion via Twitter, as did Ski. “It’s that NC shit. That’s what we do—we rap and produce ourselves.”
I would LOVE to hear @JColeNC on one of @Skibeatz instrumentals! That should be a must! Classic Hip-Hop right there.
Ski shrugged off being deterred by the rift between Jay-Z and Damon Dash, citing both former partners as friends.
“Jay’s my friend and Dame’s my friend,” he added. “Hey if I can do a record with J. Cole, and Jay says, ‘Yeah, cool do it,’ and Dame’s like, ‘I Don’t give a fuck,’ then we’re gonna do it.”
Ski added that the issue of what label a potential collaboration with J. Cole would be released on could be a bit of an issue, it wouldn’t matter to him because fans would love the final product.