On Sunday (September 4), Guru shared a post on Instagram featuring a slideshow of two photos from the session he recorded HOV’s verse, which both show one audio recording for the entire session.
In the lengthy caption of the post, JAY-Z’s longtime engineer not only doubled down on his initial claims but also broke down the elite level of preparation HOV engages in before even hitting the booth to record a verse of that magnitude.
“This is first and last time I’m gonna do this,” Young Guru wrote. “I could care less if you believe me when I say that he did this @djkhaled verse in one take. Let’s be clear for the youth. Doing a song in one take is just a bonus of the level of talent. The song is what is important.
“You have to realize how much work is done before he goes in the booth. Questions like, ‘are these the right words’, ‘are you going in the right direction’, ‘is this the best flow’ are all answered and addressed mentally way before you record. Then you say the verse over and over in the control room to memorialize it.”
He continued: “Does jay do EVERY verse in one take? No. But has he done A LOT of verses in one take? Hell yes!!! I have no reason to [Hat/cap emoji]! Look at the zoom in of the screen. There are no chops or breaks in that audio. This ‘I don’t believe you unless I see it’ thing is foreign to me. So here is your proof. It doesn’t matter if you believed me…..God Did!!!”
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The candid pics add to the saga Young Guru first started last month when he revealed he watched JAY-Z record his four-minute verse in one take with his own eyes during a listening session with GQ’s Frazier Thorpe and Rob Markman of Genius and DJ Khaled.
However, on August 31 during a Twitter Spaces conversation with MSNBC news anchor Ari Melber, Rob Markman and DJ Khaled, among others, JAY-Z seemingly dismissed the weight of Young Guru’s claim by explaining how he feels he cheated the delivery of the verse.
“So while we was waiting for you to send the beat, we was just playing the [loop] inside the control room; so I was going through it a couple times,” JAY-Z told DJ Khaled. “I was just rapping over like, any part, it kept looping and drops was happening in the wrong place.”
He then admitted: “So I cheated a couple times before I went in the booth, I was playing it in the control room; so when I went in the booth it was pretty much a done deal.”
Young Guru’s photographic proof of JAY-Z’s one-take verse for “GOD DID’ follows several other major co-signs on the potency of HOV’s bars. Along with NBA champion Lebron James, MSNBC anchor Ari Melber was also a fan of the verse, and released a nearly 12-minute breakdown Beat report on JAY-Z’s behemoth guest feature — which was uploaded to Apple Music, Spotify and TIDAL by the Roc Nation head honcho.