Producer Young Guru, notable for being Jay-Z’s longtime engineer, recently sat down in an interview with the Behind The Rhymes Series to discuss a slew of topics.

“For me this year, Statik Selektah is really doing a lot,” said Young Guru when asked about which producer he was checking for in 2011. “There’s a lot of people that make dope beats, but this kid is consistently putting out quality projects.”

“The beat is just have of a record. … All of us get caught up in the beat. Unless you’re putting out a beat compilation tape, you gotta make a record. You gotta produce. Produce the vocals, put it all together, make a concept – all of that. Statik is the dude I’m looking at like, ‘yo, this kid don’t stop.'”

Guru also discussed the prospect of a collaborative full-length album between MF DOOM and Just Blaze. “Jesus Christ,” he began, shaking his head. “Just is one of them dudes…he gotta be inspired. …For him, it’s really about the vibe and the feel. If DOOM came and sat in the studio with him for two weeks or something and got it done, he would definitely love to do it. It’s just a matter of getting DOOM and Just together.”

Watch the interviews below (via 2DB).





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