One of the stand-out records from Tyler, The Creator’s Cherry Bomb album was the Weezy and Yeezy-assisted ‘Smuckers.’ Well, the track wasn’t always intended to be for Tyler’s fourth LP. The original beat dates back to 2011 when he sent it in for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne album. He told Billboard that he gave it to them and then ended up taking it back.
A highlight of Cherry Bomb is “Smuckers,” with Kanye West and Lil Wayne. How did that come together?
I made “Smuckers” in 2011 and sent it to Jay Z and ‘Ye. They were going to use it, but I kind of took it back. I was trying to make horn sections and drum kicks that sound epic. The second half is this jazz ensemble [Ed. note: “Smuckers” samples “Metropolis Notte” by Gabriele Ducros]. I’m like, “Oh my God, this is fucking amazing. Lil Wayne would sound so good over this.” I sent Wayne a reference of what I was going to put, and he sent me the verse back. I legit was about to cry. I played it for ‘Ye at his house literally four days before the album was due. He was like, “OK, I got to step my bars up. Y’all niggas is spitting.” It was such a sick thing to know that me and Wayne had to put ‘Ye back on his feet. Like, what the fuck? I’m 24 years old. What am I going to look forward to at 30?
In addition to that tidbit, he spoke about Earl Sweatshirt’s new album, Tyga’s relationship with Kylie Jenner, Jay-Z’s concept for Tidal, and more. Read the full interview here.
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