Monday, February 23, 2015

Not All Great Instrumentals Are Worthy of Verses

It's incredible to think that one of the most legendary Hip Hop producers of my generation was able to produce a stellar beat that never got to see the light of day. Why didn't it ever get released? Well, in the words of Just Blaze himself:
“Jay asked me to hold this for him and Jeezy. Ross did something with it. Chris Brown wanted it badly but couldn’t find the right vocal flow for it once we got in studio. Canei wanted to pass it to Cole, but it was held up by someone else who actually cut me a check for it. Then it ended up just sitting, and I was weird about playing it for folks. Everyone who heard it thought it was amazing but couldn’t come up with a song to it lol. Understandable though. There’s a LOT going on."
Wait a minute, so you're telling me that Jay Z, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, and J Cole all hand their hands on this beat and never fully harnessed it's capabilities? The beat has Just Blaze's style written all over it with a live band feel that is accentuated by vibrant piano and a heavy dose of strings for good measure. It's a testament to great instrumentals being able to tell a story without words. In my mind, the sun is shining on a windy day walking through the streets of Manhattan with this playing. Even if the Megatron Don is turning more toward the electronic/trap realm, it's little morsels like Miracles that make you appreciate his greatness at whatever he produces...#Miracles

Just Blaze - Miracles


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