Now it’s been reported that you guys have been in the studio with Nas working on his upcoming Life Is Good release. What can you tell us about that album?
T: The way [that] he’s releasing and hitting people with these singles is to let them know that, that ‘It Was Written Nas, Illmatic Nas, this is what I’ma give yall on this album.’ He ain’t fucking around. I told him in the studio, “You’re rapping like you tryna get on, like your starving” and he was like, “I just have to take it back. I’ve been through so many travels in life since I put out an album four years ago, now I got more than enough stories to tell people about shit I’ve been through since the last album I put out.” So that’s what this album is about.
What’s it like being in the studio with him?
T: You hear the rumors, the albums but when [you actually see him] go in the booth and start spitting that shit, [you realize] it really is Nas. You work with so many different artists and when you come across someone like him, you know it’s deeper than just some artist, it’s more like “Yo this dude is special.” This is not something that flies by nightly this is someone that comes around once in a blue moon. His bars, his approach, dude is just special man.
With all the anticipation surrounding this album, I could imagine what kind of pressure it brings.
T: Nah man, no pressure at all, cause we knew this was bound to happen! The thing about us is, we have so much fun doing what we do that’s there is no pressure whatsover. We didn’t know what was gonna happen, we got presented with the opportunity, so we look at it like, “Aight bro, lets see what we could do with shit like this, cause we normally don’t do this, this isn’t our background, so lets see what we can come up with.” So we stepped up to the challenge.
K: I feel the complete opposite. That’s just how our personality is, Tuo always on some cool shit, “We gonna be aight, we gonna make it.” But that’s fuckin Nas man! What the fuck! That’s really how our personalities is. In my mind, I feel like these types of opportunities is what gets you in them history books and at the end of the day, we are living somebody’s dream man. You feel the pressure, but at the end of the day, we’re here for a reason.
With all the recognition and calls you two are receiving right now, I’m sure reaching this point in your careers was no easy task.
T: You gotta understand something, you in the room right and you start off asking people can you please listen. Everybody got their favorites and at the end of the day in the industry, ‘If you can’t make me money, I don’t want to have this conversation with you.’ They don’t want to talk to you and we’ve been in so many rooms and played so many times, ‘Yeah I’m gonna call you back’ and ‘I’m gonna put you on this project’ and to be at a point when people are breaking their neck to come see you and your too busy to see them, greatest feeling in the world.
K: They key is to not get caught up in the hype, people start believing their own hype and it just really messes with the focus. People be like ‘Yo what does it sound like to hear that record in the club every night and what does that fee like?’ We not in the club every night so you can probably tell me a lot better, I don’t know.
That key has worked tremendously considering all the stats already under your belts. Seems like you two are poised on capturing that that year-end ‘Best Producer’ award.
T: I’m just gonna say this, me and Kos really pride ourselves on things that’s to come. So its cool we gaining stats right now, we have “A$$”, “Birthday Cake.” So now we are worthy of the conversation. We are worthy of being on the phone with you to have this get out to the public. But the shit that we got about to have come bruh?! They are about to get mad [at us] like ‘These dudes ain’t playing around.’ We got some shit about to come and it’s the year of the club for us man.
T: All I gotta say is look out for Ludacris’ Ludaversal album, and Nelly’s album. We got Nelly back on his Nellyville. His first single [is going to be] with Chris Brown. He on a different level on this one, we going back to the clubs.