Jay Z is widely considered one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time. Jay-Z is also one of the world’s best-selling musicians, having sold over 140 million records worldwide. They call him Hov for a reason, and Engineer Young Guru recently revealed that Jay-Z just needed one take to record his “God Did” verse.
According to his longtime engineer, JAY-Z delivered his nearly four-minute verse on DJ Khaled’s “GOD DID” in one take. On the title track from Khaled’s new album, which was released on Friday, August 26, Hov offered a masterclass in MCing. Guru expressed his excitement and admiration at Jay’s recording of the verse in one take.
Guru claimed to have never seen anything like that before, despite their long history of work. “People think I’m still not amazed when he walk in and do these verses,” he told Genius’ Rob Markman and GQ’s Frazier Tharpe.
And this one was different because normally, we’ll sit down, we’ll do a song, three verses, two verses or whatever, and he’ll have a verse and then we’ll figure out what’s next.
No, he walked in and this was completely, he’s spitting the verse to me. One take. He’s literally asking me, ‘Guru, put the beat on.’ I’m like, ‘Khaled didn’t send me the beat, you didn’t send me the beat. Send me the beat.’ So then he sends me the joint and I started trying to loop it, and he was just like, ‘No, no, no, hit Khaled and get the whole instrumental,’ so he could spit the whole verse.
I didn’t know he had almost four minutes and how many bars or whatever ready, so I’m just in amazement of watching him do this again at 52 years old. It’s like, I never stop being amazed. That’s why I tweeted ’cause it’s just like, ‘Yo, I don’t really wanna have a conversation after this.’
Young Guru referred to a tweet in which he praised JAY-Z’s verse weeks before “GOD DID” was released: HOV is the greatest of all time. This can’t be debated anymore!!!” On the track, Hov addressed Meek Mill leaving Roc Nation by clearing up suspicions of any issues between them.
Me and Meek could never beef, I freed that n-gga from a whole bid, Hov did. Next time we have a discussion who the G.O.A.T., you donkeys know this.
Meek Mill responded to JAY-Z’s statement by saying that they will never beef on Twitter again. It’s good to hear that at least one beef has been resolved. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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