Jay-Z is widely regarded as one of hip-hop’s most influential artists of all time. Hov is also one of the world’s best-selling musicians, with over 140 million records sold worldwide. Engineer Young Guru previously revealed that Jay-Z only needed one take to record his “God Did” verse, and now he has proof.
Young Guru released proof that JAY-Z delivered his feature verse on DJ Khaled’s Billboard chart-topping album track “GOD DID” in one take. Guru posted it on Instagram on September 4th. The post included a slideshow of two photos from the session when he recorded HOV’s verse.
Both photographs display one audio recording for the entire session. Jay-Z’s longtime engineer doubled down on his earlier assertions in the post’s lengthy caption. He also detailed the elite level of preparation HOV goes through before ever entering the booth to record a verse of that magnitude.
I could care less if you believe me when I say that he did this @djkhaled verse in one take. Let’s be clear for the youth. Doing a song in one take is just a bonus of the level of talent. The song is what is important. You have to realize how much work is done before he goes in the booth. Questions like, “are these the right words”, “are you going in the right direction”, “is this the best flow” are all answered and addressed mentally way before you record.
Then you say the verse over and over in the control room to memorialize it. Does jay do EVERY verse in one take? No. But has he done A LOT of verses in one take? Hell yes!!! I have no reason to! Look at the zoom in of the screen. There are no chops or breaks in that audio. This “I don’t believe you unless I see it” thing is foreign to me. So here is your proof. It doesn’t matter if you believed me…..God Did!!!
The candid photos add to the saga, which Young Guru began last month when he revealed that he witnessed JAY-Z record his four-minute verse in one take with his own eyes during a listening session with GQ’s Frazier Thorpe, Rob Markman of Genius, and DJ Khaled. JAY-Z, however, appeared to downplay the weight of Young Guru’s claim on August 31 during a Twitter Spaces conversation with MSNBC news anchor Ari Melber, Rob Markman, and DJ Khaled, among others, by explaining how he feels he cheated the delivery of the verse.
So while we was waiting for you to send the beat, we was just playing the [loop] inside the control room; so I was going through it a couple times. I was just rapping over like, any part, it kept looping and drops was happening in the wrong place.
So I cheated a couple times before I went in the booth, I was playing it in the control room; so when I went in the booth it was pretty much a done deal.
Young Guru’s photographic proof of JAY-Z’s verse for “GOD DID” comes on the heels of numerous other major endorsements of HOV’s bars. Along with NBA champion LeBron James, MSNBC anchor Ari Melber enjoyed the verse and released an almost 12-minute breakdown Beat report on JAY-Z’s massive guest feature. The Roc Nation head honcho uploaded it to Apple Music, Spotify, and TIDAL.
Despite admitting to cheating a few times, Jay Z recorded it in one take, proving Guru’s claims. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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