previously reported, Lil Wayne and Jay-Z will be on the same record for Jay-Z’s upcoming album, American Gangster; a track entitled Hello Brooklyn 2.0.
So how did the Jay-Z/Lil Wayne track come to light? And
what should we expect from it?
“They sent the record
and it was done. So it wasn’t like a collaboration thing. It was done already.
Gee [Robertson] and [Kyambo] ‘Hip Hop’ [Joshua], who came from Roc-A-Fella and
went on to do great things. I’m very proud of them. They manage Lil Wayne. That
whole thing came through them,” Jay-Z
told MTV. “It’s more of a great record
than a lyrical slugfest. It’s more of a creative, great record; than two guys
spitting. ‘Success’ is more of what people wanna look at when they judge that
type of stuff. Cause it’s just me and Nas going at it.”
Lil Wayne also
weighs in on the anticipated track, stating that Hello Brooklyn was originally
done for his delayed album, The Carter
“It was produced by my
homeboy Big D a long time ago,” Lil
Wayne told MTV. “Jay heard the song
some type of way. And when he heard it he said, “Ask the homie if I can get
this.’ When I was asked the question, I told them it wasn’t even a question …
he’s got it. Everybody in the world knows how I feel about Jay … He’s the
king, utmost respect.”
“The song has a sample
on there that says, ‘Hello Brooklyn.’ I made it so that I’m talking to a woman
and the woman has the traits of the actual place [Brooklyn]. I say, “She love
B.I.G. but she like Tupac, and every time I say Jay-Z, she say it’s the ROC.”
Me not being from Brooklyn, I think it’s cool because you always wanna know
what an outsider thinks of your place,” Wayne continues.
With the release of American
Gangster closing in, Jay-Z reveals
that he is still making revisions.
“I’m the fourth
quarter man. At the end of the album I stand up stronger. I made ‘I Just Wanna
Love U (Give It 2 Me)’ at the very end of the [recording of] ‘The Dynasty: Roc
La Familia.’ ‘PSA’ was the last record I wrote for ‘The Black Album’. I believe
in finishing up strong,” Jay-Z
told MTV on Wednesday (October 24) night at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, NY.
Jay-Z is also set
to go on a five city tour to promote American
Gangster, starting November 6th. Next year Jay wants a full tour, with the entire roster of Roc-A-Fella.
“We’re slowly getting our
legs to make another run. First Kanye, then my record, then Free and Beans.
Bleek’s got a smoker out there. We’re gearing up for Tru-Life at the beginning
of the year and [to] make that Dynasty 2 [album],” Jay says of future plans before giving more information on the the signing of Jadakiss, “It’s not done. It’s about 90 percent [complete].”