Great music withstands the test of time. Count “Audio Dope II” and “Address,” from Curren$y’s 2010 album Pilot Talk, as examples of that. Ski Beatz, the producer of the tracks, recently told XXLMag.com that the beats were a decade-and-a-half-old when he gave them to Spitta.
“We was in Jamaica with Stalley and Curren$y and I was about to make a beat, and Dame [Dash] was like, ‘Yo, why don’t you go to your hard drive? I know you got mad beats on your hard drive!’” he remembers. “I’m like, aight. So I went through every song. I had, like, thousands of songs on the hard drive. Hours. And I found ‘Audio Dope [II].’ I found ‘Address.’ And those were beats that I made in like ’96, ’97, some shit like that. I had never used [them], but they were always there.”
Surprisingly, Ski says not much was changed on either beat from their original form during from the Reasonable Doubt days. “We added a bassline [for both], and that was it,” he says.
Though those two were definitely gems, the veteran producer says he won’t be pulling any more tricks out of his hard drive. “I done went through the stash,” he laughs. “The stash is done.”
Keeping with his recent trend of pairing with artists for full projects, Ski recently teamed with Murs to produce the entirety of Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation.
Listen to the two tracks below. —Adam Fleischer
“Audio Dope II”