Just Blaze Says JAY-Z's "U Don't Know" Was Made For Busta Rhymes & Prodigy
Just Blaze says that JAY-Z's 2001 song "U Don't Know" was originally made for Busta Rhymes and Prodigy. The iconic producer explained the origins of the song during the latest episode of IDEA GENERATION. The song was featured on the tracklist to JAY-Z's sixth studio album, The Blueprint.
"'U Don't Know' was at one point going to be Busta and Prodigy," Just Blaze revealed on the show. From there, he explained how he and Prodigy were close friends. "A lot of people don't know, me and P used to hang out a lot," he said. "I still don't have a lot of rap friends, right? He was one of the few people to actually come to the house. It was wild because then [The Alchemist] ended up moving around the corner from me. So 'U Don't Know' had been done and then I made 'Song Cry,' like, the second night after Jay finished recording whatever he was recording that day."
JAY-Z Promoting "The Blueprint" In 2001
While Just Blaze couldn't recall exactly how the beat came together, JAY-Z revealed how it was made during an interview with XXL back in 2009. He explained that Just Blaze and Kanye West were having a beat-making battle when it came about.
"During that time, I had two rooms in Baseline," Hov said at the time. "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.'"
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