Production Credit: Young Jeezy’s New Inspiration, Lil Lody

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.

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  • James

    That’s whats up, I hope i get to where he’s at one day.

    • M. Alexander

      You make beats?

  • CaponeMOB

    SMH,,,,, so i had to endure all those garbage lex luger tracks on every mixtape this year,so know ima have to put up with lil lody’s garbage? which sounds exactly the same like lex luger trash? WOW another shitty year for beats on albums and mixtapes for 2012. nice to leave out the LITTLE part three 6 mafia played in his career,you guys NEVER EVER put three 6 mafia on your cover the least you could do is give credit where its due. three 6 mafia DISCOVERED LIL LODY and where the first one’s to put lil lody on their independent ALBUMS. nice of him of not mentioning that LITTLE part of three 6 mafia puttin him on also.with out three 6 mafia this nigga would be NOWHERE. he would of been LOCAL. niggaz was gonna think he was a lex luger RIP-OFF and would not fuck with him(which they do think he’s a fake lex luger),but since three 6 mafia got all those industry connections and 36 put him on their albums niggaz found out about him.nice way of stayin humble by not showing respect. and he down plays the comparisons they made to him and lex luger. “the music gets recycled all the time” he says,what a fuckin dumb nigga
    recycling is one THING,but completly swagger jacking some body is ANOTHER thing. he carboned copied lex lugers beats
    are you kiddin me? and yhea he wants to make it in the game he got the drive and looks hungry thats very obvious by listening to his beats,he wants to make it so bad to the point where he steals some bodies style and calls it “recycling”.
    yhea i guess thats the hustlers mentality and the “ambition” jeezy see’s in him. and what the fuck does money has to do with anything? so if bill gates learns the basics of makin a rap beat,and produces a few beats,in his world bill gates is THE BEST PRODUCER? cuz after all he gots the “longest paper”
    and im dissapointed with jeezy,i remember a few years back he was talkin about how he got the producers called the runners (yall remember those dudes?)

    he said he got them to produce him custom beats for him cuz he dint like getting the same beats that they were givin to every body else. yall remember those chopped and screwed vocals? well thats exaclty what young jeezy is doin NOW. he’s getting the SAME beats that lody and lex luger is givin to every body ELSE! i would love to interview young jeezy so he could explain his logic to me. thats one of the reasons im NOT buyin his album, 8 lody tracks? you kiddin me? thats damn near half the album,who jeezy thinks this nigga is? the next DR DRE or the neptunes? what happend to shawty redd?
    don cannon? some of his best tracks where done buy shawty redd. he should just had justice league produce half the album for that matter,they beats go way harder. if rap keeps
    recycling TRASH we aint goin to have any good music any time soon….SMH

    and for all you bitches thats goin to call me a “hater” cuz im just simply pointing out the facts,then i would call you a “DICK RIDER” for coming to lody’s defense. good night dick riders…..

    • c

      I think Drumma Boy wouldve been better than Lil Lody!

      I had read a while back he had 7 Kanye tracks for 103… WTF happened to those?

    • Marvin

      Co-sign bro

  • Bizzo Beats

    well said CAPONE MOB.. lil lodi probably only taxing 3-4K a beat so of course YJ gonna cop 8 from him. Lex Luger taxing at least 20K or better. Simple economics: 32k VS. 160k for the same beats.. The public just wanna hear YJ on some Shawty Redd copycat beats anyway.

    • CaponeMOB

      appreciate that BIZZO BEATS. i kinda am surprised niggaz havent hated on me yet. cuz one time i left this comment about lex lugers beats,and you should of seen all the fuckin HATE i got from them dick riders,they so passionate about lex luger,they defend him just as hard as they defend lil wayne when they call him a fake blood,or like when they defend rick ross when they call him officer ricky,. shit is crazy, these same dick riders arent goin to stick up for lex luger when he vanishes from the game,like polow da don and the runners. gurantee that shit. bunch of bandwagon hoping ass niggaz. lex luger= the lil wayne of the producing game. highly OVERRATED.

  • ra

    no need to argue anything….time will tell all. whoever is on top out of brick sqad or cte producer war will win. lex up one….we’ll see what jeezy cd does.

  • @YungWillBeats

    lody is 30 k per beat. he says it in like all his songs

  • Will Morebucks

    I’d of liked to hear Jeezy on some JUSTICE league or Don Cannon tracks, but they probably bustin heads. Mr. 17.5 is still his best song in my eyes, Cannon killed that one.

    • http://www.soundclick.comfabceebeatz Fabceebeatz

      Trapped is a justice league beat…lol

  • hiphoplover

    Everybody knows Lil Lody steals people beats and re-do them. Everybody knows Lil Lody and Lex Luger use the same recycled sounds. Im not on no hating shit it’s just pure fact. This is what rappers are paying for now, they paying for cheap garbage. Same 808s, snares, vst sounds, etc….
    How are you gonna know your worth as a music producer when you have a million guys with fruity loops using the same damn sounds???? SMH.

    If i was the A&R for Jeezy album i would’ve stuck to the original Thug Motivation sound using producers such as Drumma Boy, Midnight Black, Justice League, Shawty Redd, DJ Squeeky, DJ Toomp, Jazze Pha, and Don Cannon.

    A lot of these overnight new cats are too lazy. They don’t want to be creative and make something new. They hear what someone is doing and copy it.

  • BMT