XXLMag.com: How did you land on Tha Carter IV?
Willy Will: Well, initially I was on the We Are Young Money album that came out a year or so ago and that was my first introduction with Young Money/Cash Money. That was my first record with them and it was a song that Wayne really loved and that put me on his radar. But initially his engineer, KY— I’m from Kentucky— so KY’s like a friend of mine from back home, and he actually ended up landing that job with Wayne and that ended up giving me an inside man. So, I was giving a lotta work through KY, just tryin’ to stay on Wayne’s mind and he made the Young Money album and that opened the door to us possibly working on Tha Carter IV. I sent in a couple of records that he really loved. And he rapped on it and what’s crazy is he actually did the intro before he went to jail.
So I was just afraid that because Wayne does so many songs he was gonna come out and he was gonna do another intro and do a whole ‘nother song and he was gonna forget all about my song being that he had been incarcerated for so long. He came out and actually Mack Maine called me and said, “Hey, you did the intro, right? Well we’re thinking about keeping it.
Did you get word that those songs would make other albums?
I got this thing that whenever you do a song with Wayne it’s like a post-dated check. So you just gotta wait ’cause it’s like he does so many projects a year. He’s doing his album, he’s doing Drake, he’s doing the Young Money collab album. Just like this record happened I could get a call six months from now letting me know that that other song we did is gonna go on this album. It’s crazy ’cause he leaked a couple of my songs. Wayne’s a good dude when it comes to that. He’ll call you and tell you, “You know what, I think I’m gonna just put this song out on a mixtape, but if I do that I’m gonna give you an opportunity to be on the album or what not.” So it’s always an opportunity working with him.
Did you get to work with Wayne in the studio?
I’ve never worked with him directly on any of these records, but I’ve had a chance to meet him. We’ve met. He knows who I am. I’m not one of those guys who just sits and sends him beats. I’ve talked to him on multiple occasions; just never worked with him directly on any of these records. And he’s not one of those people who does the producer/artist thing in the studio. He kinda takes the beat, he’s his own producer. He’ll send it to you and ask you what you think and I’ll put some drops in the song once he finishes it and what not. He’s not one of those guys who wants a lotta people around tellin’ him how to do the song. He’s Lil Wayne.
What was the beat named before you sent it to Wayne?
It’s crazy ’cause the way I make beats, the way I categorize them, the way I keep them, is just a date. So it was just a date. So it didn’t have a name, it was just something that I kinda had whipped up.
In the July issue of XXL Lil Wayne said, “these niggas beats been suckin.” What are your thoughts on those comments?
Wayne gets a lot of records sent to him, he gets a lot of beats and you got so many copy cat producers and people just doing the beats that they hear everyday. Lex Luger’s the hot producer so everybody wants to do beats like Lex. Everybody’s trying to do beats like J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League as opposed to doing their own and be creative in their own way. And I think that’s ultimately what he was trying to say is like, “Yo, stop sending me the same beats over and over again. Get creative.”
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