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  • It was nearing the end of 'Take Care,' the making of the album.

  • When Drake had contacted me he said he wanted something up-tempo and something simple.

  • So it was a really last minute process.

  • And I put together something really simple.

  • It took me maybe like 30, 45 minutes to make the beat.

  • Sent it to him.

  • He ended up writing the record, recording it.

  • The day after, he said the song was already done.

  • You can do a lot with just four sounds, five sounds.

  • It's all about just putting everything together and everything kind of meshing

  • and molding.

  • In my mind I'm thinking bass is probably like the most important factor of a simple track.

  • For me the 808, the way the progression was of the 808 was really important and I find

  • that's what everybody remembers.

  • It sticks to them.

  • Came up with this 808 pattern right here.

  • A lot of distortion came out of the 808.

  • I have a bass slide in this pattern right here.

  • And then, I have this snare going.

  • Really simple pattern.

  • Straight to the point.

  • I actually got a clap from one of Boi-1da's old records.

  • It's calledBill Gates.”

  • He produced that for Lil Wayne.

  • So I threw that in the mix.

  • We actually share sounds.

  • We actually share all of our sounds.

  • We have this producer named Jazzfeezy.

  • He used to collect a lot of sounds for us and we'd all kind of, between the three of

  • us, we'd all share all the same sounds.

  • The open hat is fromBill Gatesas well.

  • Those two sounds playing up.

  • That's a second open hat that I threw into the mix.

  • The last, pretty much the last group of sounds is just a clap loop that I found.

  • Like just put together.

  • You know pretty much everything on the beat has no effects.

  • I just used the raw sound.

  • The raw quality.

  • Other than the 808 I just added some distortion just to make it hit a little bit harder, you know?

  • You know, whatever I hear, the moment I hear it, if it doesn't sound right or if I feel

  • a little off about it, I'm changing it.

  • You know making sure things aren't too loud.

  • Everything sits well.

  • You know, there's space for the artist to come in and sing or rap.

  • When the record came out you know hyphy music...it was on the rise.

  • I thinkThe Mottoreally helped gear all that music to rise as well withRack City.”

  • DJ Mustard coming on the scene and just killing it.

  • You know 808s, that influence.

  • That's what I was kind of inspired by.

  • It worked.

It was nearing the end of 'Take Care,' the making of the album.

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    Samuel posted on 2018/03/31
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