I remember in a previous interview, Jeezy mentioned “Real Is How Ya Feel” being one of his favorite songs from the album.
That’s what I’m saying like we did so many songs, a lot of shit ain’t even come out. We got tons of [music]. One thing about the nigga is that he just like me. When we linked up our chemistry [and] our bond just connected off that top. We talk to each other like real niggas. He looked at me at my face and told me, I remind him of him when he was young like, “It’s something in you and I could tell that you want it.”
So this was all during the first conversation between you two?
Yup, when we linked up he was sharing memories about how much I remind him of him when he was young and how he see the ambition and passion in me.
Now going back to you crafting the “Waiting” intro, I’m sure you know that Jeezy is no slouch when it comes to his albums’ openers. From TM101 to 2008′s The Recession, his intros are always crazy and anthemic. How did you feel filling in those shoes?
Yeah they’re always crazy. That’s what he told me and that’s how he wanted it. The first thing he said was, “If it ain’t classical or monumental, I don’t want it.” I looked at him and said, “If it ain’t no monumental shit, I don’t want nothing to do with it.” We did what we did and made the “Waiting.”
Is it like a lot of pressure though filling in those shoes?
Honestly, hell yeah! The album was the hard part because I played so many fucking beats and dude will be like, “Nah I don’t like that either.” So, we switched it up and I started going to the studio like 3-4 hours earlier before he get there. You know, drink me a Sprite a two, dim the lights and just go in my zone think about, “If I was [rapping], how would I want my stuff to sound.” I was in that state of mind because that’s what he said, he would say “Don’t give me anything, give me something that you would rap on.”
Tell me a little bit about the work ethic that went into the studio between you two.
Our work ethic was crazy, it was sort of like a competing thing about who could stay up the longest. Me and Young never threw in the white towel. We’d go in the studio three or four in the evening and come out that motherfucka the next day like 11-12 afternoon time. On top of him being who he is, real as hell, he gave me plenty of motivation. I remember he pulled up in a brand new California Ferrari and was like, “Aight Lody, you want some motivation? Come here.” I walked inside his garage and he got the brand new California Ferrari paper tags, fresh off the lease. The car ain’t even out yet [and] he got it ordered here.
What was one of your favorite records off the album?
Number nine, which is “Everythang.” “I used to have nothing, now I got a whole lot of ‘Everythang’.” That’s my favorite one because it compares to my life and style as much as it compares to his.
Tell me about the future projects that you have coming out soon.
We working on a new mixtape. I’m working on an album, me and Fabolous working in the booth; Bow Wow. My roster long about who I’m working with so, my 2012 is going to be pandemonium I know for a fact.