When Lil Baby called dibs on the nascent Wheezy beat that became “Yes Indeed,” he was merely hoping to complete his album with a little a dash inexplicable “je sais..” Baby did his mental arithmetic, and Wheezy is orderly steps, and before they knew it, they had a hit record in the books, something which has eluded the talented rapper so far in his career.
Wheezy has production credits has worked with obscure artists in Atlanta, as well as more decorated “stars” such as Young Thug and 21 Savage. The producer sat down with Genius to recount the moment he realized Drake was perfect for “Yes Indeed,” as well as a verbal account his beat-making process.
Wheezy started his deconstruction “Yes Indeed” by shedding light on his relationship with Drizzy. Apparently the ATL producer was supposed to link up with Drake in Wyoming, all in the spirit assisting Kanye West; We all know how that played out. Wheezy says he and Drake him worked diligently in each other’s presence without as much as a formal introduction by their host.
Afterwards Drake felt silly for not reaching out: “Bro I didn’t even fucking know that was you last night, bro. I feel so dumb, bro” he said to Wheezy correspondence. Within a day flying back to LA and their connection restored, Drizzy booked a one-on-one session with Wheezy, culminating in the creation “Yes Indeed.”
Wheezy began by pulling out his favorite “Purity” synth pad f FL Studio. Once “the sound” was secured, Wheezy added the drum pattern and the integrated flute sample.
The rest is history.
I don’t blame you if you’d a tough time getting through Drake’s latest Scorpion album; it’s 25 songs deep and divided into two incompatible parts (for good reason). Once you do traverse the whole thing, and maybe listen to a couple hundred times, you’ll want to dig even deeper with a look at the sample board. If you decide to reverse this order, go right ahead check out this list material Drake sampled on Scorpion, some more obscure than others.
Starting with the more obscure sample clearances, No I.D & 40 dug up a time-sensitive synth masterpiece by German keyboardist Claude Larson, a composer whose music reads like a study on life at the molecular level. Mind you, this isn’t Claude’s first dalliance on a hip hop record.
Drake chose the perfect emotional gravity for “Emotionless,” his unpublished letter to a child he’s only met once in his life. With Mariah Carey’s accapella extracted from the club mix, all Drake had to do was speak from the heart and sign his name at the end.
Talk Up Ft. Jay-Z
On “Talk Up,” DJ Paul really chops a rather rudimentary sample in NWA’s “Dopeman,” extracting a faint vocal sample and using the famous synth line only sparingly. The result is a fresh remodeling a record that’s been sampled dozens times.
Is There More
Drake continues his obsession with Aaliyah here, by sampling her classic “More Than A Woman.” If you recall, Drake once stated he planned to do a full Aaliyah tribute album. What could have been?
40 and Static Major travel to the UK by magic tapestry on “After Dark.” The record sets the tone for Drake most mature record on the double LP. The Maxwell lover’s suite comes equipped with saxophone, whimpers and the odd word or two. Imagine the city’s sewer mist mixing with your hormones to create a sensual mutation.
There are plenty more to discover but i’ll leave you with that pleasure.