“Black Jesus” – Yasiin Bey (Formerly Mos Def)
“Native Instruments had just sent me one of their digital drum machines, which is like a version of the MPC. I had just taken it out of the box and I was going through some sounds and the first thing I sequenced was what became ‘Black Jesus.’ He was like ‘Let me get that right there.’ I was like “I don’t even know what I’m doing. I just pulled it out of the box” [laughs]. I told him I still had to mess with it a little bit and he said ok. I didn’t even know he was going to drop that song, because when we did it we were just messing around. The next thing I know the record was out.
[Bey] is super creative and we really gel to the point that it’s weird, because when we get together we don’t really get any work done. We just always have so much to talk. It’s weird how you meet someone and you two have so much in common. We’ll spend so much time talking about different things in life that a whole day will go by before we realize that we hadn’t actually worked on anything. It’s like having a big brother and comparing notes. We’ll be talking about everything that’s going on in our lives.”