Rapper Drake had to work up "the nerve" to ask Jay Z if he could keep their new collaboration Pound Cake for himself after the hip-hop mogul almost included it on his latest album Magna Carta... Holy Grail. The Started From the Bottom hitmaker reveals he heard Jay Z's raw lyrics while working in the studio with his superstar wife Beyonce, and he immediately came up with beat ideas for the track.
Drake says, "I had the nerve to ask Jay if I could not only get that song from him, but if I could get the a capella because I had an idea for it. He sent me the two verses a capella - he told me, 'I never do this.'"
The 26 year old initially took the verses to his producer pal Noah '40' Shebib, but it was another beatmaker, Boi-1da, who came up with the winning sound - and it was then that Jay Z almost laid claim to the finished song.
Drake adds, "The beat brought the Jay verses to life. I sent the song back to Jay - and that was when it almost became a Jay Z song. But he's such a good guy, he was like, 'I gave you my word.' I don't know what I'd do without that guy sometimes, he's just full of gems and advice."
The track now features as part of the closing outro on Drake's new release, Nothing Was the Same.
Rapper Drake has taken to sleeping in the studio in an effort to complete his new album by his label deadline of 9 September (13). The Best I Ever Had hitmaker has holed himself up at the Metalworks Studios in his native Toronto, Canada with his producer Noah '40' Shebib as they work around the clock to finish Nothing Was The Same, as record bosses need him to turn in the masters within days in order to stick to the project's planned release later this month (Sep13).
Speaking to RollingStone.com on Friday (30Aug13), he said, "We have just 10 days before we turn it in. I'm literally sleeping in the studio on an air mattress. We're working 24-hour days to make sure the story is done, front to back. It has to be a new point of discovery."
Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre hailed his protege Kendrick Lamar as a "class act" as he honoured the young rapper with a top prize at the 26th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday (27Jun13). The B**ch, Don't Kill My Vibe hitmaker, 26, was presented with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Vanguard Award at the star-studded ceremony and Dre was full of praise for the Compton, California native.
Taking to the podium at the Beverly Hilton, the superproducer said, "I'm proud to know him. I'm proud to work with him and he is an important part of the new generation of hip-hop, and it's definitely continuing the legacy of Compton."
R&B superstar Usher was another big winner at the event - he received the prestigious Golden Note Award in recognition of his career success, while 2 Chainz and producer Noah '40' Shebib took home the Songwriter of the Year accolade.
Beyonce's Love on Top was named R&B or Hip-Hop Song of the Year, while Drake track The Motto, produced by Shebib, claimed Rap Song of the Year.
Hot on the heels of that rumor that Drake has a plan to produce a posthumous album for Aaliyah, who was tragically killed in a plane crash 11 years ago, music producer Noah "40" Shebib has released a new single by Aaliyah, featuring Drake. With never-before-heard vocals by Aaliyah and new verses by Drake, the single "Enough Said" comes eerily close to bringing the deceased R&B star back from the dead.
But Aaliyah isn't the first musician to be resurrected for fans. From a legacy concert to a touching father/daughter duet and an unnerving music festival apparition, here are the top five instances of musician resuscitation.
5. Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" Duet
Soul singer Natalie Cole brought her deceased father Nat King Cole (who passed away in 1965) on stage for a duet of his classic song "Unforgettable" during a 1992 concert. '90s technology prevented the pairing from being as dramatic as some of the examples further down on this list, but hearing Cole's silky voice mix with her father's — and seeing his image projected behind her — is chill-inducing. Cole's "Thanks Dad" at the song's close is enough to bring tears to the stoniest of eyes.
4. Elvis Appears on American Idol
In the 1997 broadcast of American Idol's Idol Gives Back fundraiser, Celine Dion appeared onstage with Elvis Presley to sing a duet of his 1968 hit, "If I Can Dream." The effect was created using a technique called rotoscoping, which combined archive footage of Presley — who died in 1977 — with video taken of Dion singing with an Elvis body double. The result made it appear from practically every angle as though Presley was standing right next to Dion.
3. Michael Jackson's This is It Concert Documentary
When production began on Michael Jackson's This is It, the film was intended to provide a behind-the-scenes look at Jackson's concert series planned for the summer of 2009. When Jackson unexpectedly died in June of that year, however, the documentary turned into something totally different. When the concert documentary was released in theaters in October 2009, fans were able to see Jackson perform on stage once again.
2. Amy Winehouse's Posthumous Album
Just months after Amy Winehouse's untimely death in July 2011, a posthumous 12 track EP titled Lioness: Hidden Treasures was released. Lioness shot to the top of the UK charts, and prompted Winhouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, to tweet, "My heart is sad but bursting with pride." Mr. Winehouse also told British paper The Sun that he would be open to seeing his daughter on stage again, in the form of a hologram tour. “The most important thing to Amy was the music and I’m sure a lot of people would like to hear her sing again… It depends on what Amy’s fans want as a way to keep her memory alive," he said. "If it’s a book, an album or a hologram, then so be it."
1. Tupac Shakur Hologram at Coachella
Thousands of music fans present at the 2012 Coachella music festival thought they saw a ghost when rap legend Tupac Shakur, who was shot and killed in 1996, took the stage. Immediately following the big reveal of Tupac's hologram, reports that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (who appeared with Tupac on stage) wanted to take a virtual Tupac on tour began swirling.
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