Monday, June 29, 2009

How did Joe Budden & Maino end up with the same beat on their albums?

Joe Budden- Pray for Me

Maino- Runaway Slave

Ok here's the whole story:

Versatile & I made this beat in Jan of 2007 for Fabolous. We got a call about a sample that couldn't get clear for a song Fab was doing with Neyo called "Make Me Better". They (Def Jam) were looking for a new beat for the song so of course Vers and i had to take advantage of that. So that night we made a real dope beat and later met up with Fab at Sony Studios to play it for him. He liked the track but wasn't in love with it, he told us to keep the drums but make some changes and bring it back to him the next day. Vers and I went back to jersey and didn't sleep. We made another a better beat that night and we knew that this one was a winner! We knew once Fab heard it he's gonna go crazy for it. The next morning we went up to Def Jam to play it for Fab & Skane Dolla, we were waiting for about 3 hours because Fab was in a meeting with Jay z. When Fab came out he told us that Jay-z didn't want to mess up his relationship with Timberland so he's not taking any new beats for "Make Me Better" Vers & I was very disappointed but we still wanted him to hear it but after a while we ended up just leaving. On the Drive home we were a lil upset about what just went down and we still felt like the record was real crazy. So we decided to shop the record to a few artist we thought would sound crazy on the record. We started with Joe Budden, now this took place about March of 2007, We sent tracks to Joe before but never heard anything back, until now! He called use back like 15mins after we sent" Yo this is Crazy.. Finally you guys give me something i can work with". Keep in mind this was before Mood Music 3 or anything of that mixtape stuff he was doing.  He said he was gonna write to it so we said cool, we both like Joe Budden so why not! After that phone call we never heard anything else from Joe, no phone call, no email, and it wasn't on Mood Music 3 or the mixtapes so we thought he changed his mind on the record. Fast Forward a Year.. March 2008 Versatile is in a meeting at atlantic records and he playing records for Maino's Project and The A&R Brian Berger hears the tracks and loves it! He plays it for Maino and Maino loves it. Maino then records to it and the song comes out hot and they wanna buy the record and use it for Maino's Album. Now since we haven't talk to Joe in about a year, we both agree to do it. Atlantic cuts the check and Maino buys the record (end of story so we thought) Not even a week later Joe Budden pops up and tells us he wrote this CRAZY idea to the record. Something about having a conversation with God trying to get into heaven. After telling him that we had already sold the track to Maino, he then tells us that he'll talk to Maino. That was the last time we spoke to Joe.

September 2008 Versatile was playing around online and Google's produced by Versatile & Dilemma to see what comes up, he saw "Pray for Me" Produced by Versatile & Dilemma 
He clicked on the link and there it was,  Joe Budden's Padded Room's Track List.  We didn't believe it at 1st until it popped up in the XXL Mag after that. Even still, we didnt do anything about it cuz Maino was supposed to drop in October 2008, and Joe wasn't dropping until Feb of 2009 so we didn't really think nothing of it as long as Maino Drops 1st. Once we got word that Maino album got pushed back to June of 2009 we knew something was about to go down. We let the people at Atlantic know what was going on and they said they would take care of it. Weeks later Joe Budden Drops and the record is on there... WOW!! in Best Buy right now! For Sale!...Wow... I didn't know how to feel about it because it was a good song but still it was Bad Business. Now if Maino doesn't use the record because of what Joe did, Vers & I loose money & a major placement opp!! Long Story Short (kinda too late) Maino still used it so i guess they just don't care.... Versatile & I really lucked out!

Fabolous Ft Neyo Make Me Better Remix - (1st beat we did that night)
Notice that the Drums and Lead Guitar Line are the same as the Joe, Maino track

Lashe's HipHop 101 Dance Class

playing around with Lashe' while she does her dance from Hip-Hop Class...

New Music- Jenae"Praying for the City" Produced by Dilemma

Jenae"Praying for the City" Produced by Dilemma
Jenae is a Singer from Phila, super talented...i cut a few records with her...this is one of them...

Friday, June 26, 2009

You Gotta Love the Internet!!!

These past 3 months have been crazy for me dealing with internet :
in March:

 i record i was cutting for Young Steff was Leaked on the Internet!!!, but the problem was it wasn't Young Steff singing  it was my homie Mel singing...I'm working with Young Steff right now so he agreed to cut the record then leak it if need be! ( but i would like to get it placed)

I've been talking about this whole Maino and Joe Budden having the same beat in their albums thing a while back..well its finally out....and people are already going hard with this topic too...check out this Blog Made just for talking about this "Same Beat 2 Placements" topic


Thursday, June 25, 2009


Our lives here is only a glimpse. You have a birth date and a departure date. In between is a dash. You will be remembered by that dash. How do you want to be remembered? This is how I will remember the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Hello World Music & My Grammy Family meets Jimmy Jam

Me, Jimmy Jam, Eric Giovanni, & Derrell Bottoms

Ok so for all those who don't know who Jimmy Jam from the World Famous Production Duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis is ..Lets run down a quick list of production credits from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis... shall we... 

"That's What It's Made For" by Usher

...and thats just a few off top of my head, Wednesday night i had a chance to meet and listen to jimmy jam speak about his journey through in the music business,...
It's always good to hear that your doing the right thing the right way from someone thats already done it..... 
(mama always told me if you wanna win a grammy, be around those who have 'em)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

HelLO WORLD!! Meet Tone Trump aka The New Face of Philly

Meet Tone Trump, A rising star out of philly i met threw my homie Es. Right now I'm recording/mixing his debut album - "Trump Life" dropping digitally on July 21st. This Dude is Very Very Talented ...and real easy to work with guys know what kind of magic happens when i click with an get ready I'll be posting up videos of our sessions stay tune......

Just A Reminder: Maino's If Tomorrow Comes Drops June 30th

Pro-Order it here:

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

HELLO WORLD!!! meet my Baby Nephew Jaylen Daniel McNair ( 6-9)

Say "Hello World!!!" to my baby nephew Jaylan Daniel McNair aka "6-9" 6lbs. 9oz born today @ 11am (my older sister named him after me)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

S.S.S Right Place Right Time -In the Studio with Twista Part1

I think it was jayz who said.." There's no such thing is luck, A man makes he's own luck by being ready at all times"..ok maybe it wasn't jayz but i heard it from someone. Anyway, I was in the studio with 2 of my good friends, Yaya, and his brother Dj Supa, chillin listening to music and catching up when Supa tells me that Chi-Town Legend Twista is in town (philly). I said "dope" He asked "do you want me to text his manager?"..i said "sure why not"10 mins later his manager Rawle hist him back and says "Twista needs to do something in the studio real quick before they leave philly"...I said "Perfect ... come to Sigma"... to be continued.....
I'll post the video of the session later on or maybe tomorrow..but here's the pic from last night for now 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Kanye West-Spaceship (video)

One of my Favorite Songs off his 1st album, I remember listening to this record about 50 times a day at my day job (cendant mortgage) and feeling the same way ye did..!!! The 1st four bars set it off for me.....I never knew they had a video for it though...check it out