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Time To Build: The Making Of Jay Z’s ‘Blueprint’

Produced by JUST BLAZE

JAY-Z: During that time, I had two rooms in Baseline. It was a big room that I was in, that I’d record in. Then it was a small room that
Just would be in doing beats. What happened was, Just would peep his head in and hear what me and Kanye was doing and would just go back mad. Like, go back and just go [pounds fist on table], and just come in and be like, “Yo.” And it was like this every day. It was like a heavyweight slugfest. For three days they was just knocking each other out. And I remember him playing that joint, and I was like, “Oh my God.”

JUST BLAZE: I might’ve attacked that [beat] two or three times before I felt that I really nailed it. I was gonna flip that sample for Busta
[Rhymes], then I ended up not doing it… That’s actually the record that got me comfortable in my relationship with Jay. That and “Song Cry,” because the demo versions of those songs didn’t sound like the final product.

LENNY S: [Just] would start the sample out, and then do just a little piece of it, then bring us in the room and get that initial naysay
right away. That one was all the way, right away. One hundred percent retarded. Hardest record on the album.

JUST BLAZE: I was never 100 percent happy with the way the beat went down, because the way the album happened so fast. I always planned on
doing a lot more with that beat. That’s why I revisited it on [The Blueprint2: The Gift & the Curse].

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