Wiz Khalifa Speaks on T.I. Beat Mix-Up
Recently a song called “Real Estate” produced by T-Minus and recorded by Wiz Khalifa leaked onto the ’Net. Days later the same beat was found on T.I.’s new album, No Mercy, on the song “Poppin’ Bottles” featuring Drake. XXLMag.com chopped it up with Wiz to find out the origin of the song, and who’s responsible for the mixup.
According to Wiz, both him and Tip got the instrumental from Atlantic Records. “Because me and T.I. are on the same label, we get the same beats,” he explained. “So they gave him the same beat as they gave me and I guess he recorded over it and I recorded over it as well. But my version wasn’t secured for me, so when it leaked it was just my version that I recorded.”
Many speculated that Khalifa put out his version of the record after he heard that the King also recorded to it, so fans could pick which one they preferred. “I didn’t leak it, I don’t know who leaked the record,” he said. “That was completely non-intentional. It wasn’t to put the record out because I knew T.I. recorded over it. But there are plenty of beats that I get from other producers and I hear it on other artists’ albums who aren’t even on the same label as me. This is all new to me being in the industry and getting beats. That’s why I get shit from my home town people any way. It’s just stuff that I know was for me.”
Wiz added he has no hard feelings towards the ATLien about the song. “I hope T.I. and his people don’t feel like we did nothin’ and leaked that or nothin’ liked that,” he said. “It was nobody’s fault. He’s been in the game for years, so everybody knows how beats go around— even with hooks in ‘em and shit. I write and do all my shit myself, that’s why my shit be completely different even if we use the same beat. I’m just mad that it leaked out like that.”
When asked if the song was supposed to be for his upcoming major label debut, the XXL Freshman said no. “It was just something that I had recorded,” he shared. “I just record a lot of shit. Any thing that I’ve leaked so far has just been shit that I’ve just recorded so that’s a good thing.”
T.I.’s No Mercy officially hits stores tomorrow (December 7). —Elan Mancini with reporting by Rob Markman