XXLMag.com: How did you land on Tha Carter IV?
REO: Well, I actually made that beat probably like 2,3 years ago. I had it for a while and a lot of people liked it. Mike Caren [A&R at Atlantic Records] heard it and played it for Bruno [Mars]. Bruno loved it and wrote a hook and we shopped it around to [Young] Jeezy, Drake, Nas had it for a little while, and all of a sudden I just got the call Weezy recorded it and it was a wrap. I was like “Oh shit,” and that was like a month ago. So, even then you know, he had like a lot of songs and was still unsure yet. It’s kind of crazy how it works nowadays like when it leaks, it’s a bad thing but it’s also a good thing for the producer because you get to hear that it made it or that it’s going to.
You said that the beat was shopped around so, you didn’t get to actually be in the studio with Wayne?
Nah man, you know just in this day in age you just gotta do the e-mail thing or have somebody play it or whatever.
What was the name of the beat before it was sent to Bruno Mars?
It was called “Jurassic.” It actually reminded me of Jurassic Park, like I was just humming that melody one day and I heard this lady’s voice in my head.
Did you get in contact with Wayne in anyway about you guys possibly recording again in the near future?
Nah not yet, I haven’t gotten to talk to him, but I’m sure that’s going to happen at some point.
In the July issue of XXL Lil Wayne said, “these niggas beats been suckin.” What are your thoughts on those comments?
The even crazier part is that I have a lot of peers that also make great beats that have hits and Grammys and I was out last night and they were just all like “Man, you got the best [beat] on that album,” this, that and it’s like so dope to hear that from people you respect.