NO I.D. Recalls J. Cole Turn Down On Nas, Big Sean & Rick Ross Beats
Cole has had the honor of working with some of Hip Hop’s top producers throughout his career but the Dreamville boss has passed up a fair number of hot beats from No I.D.
The Grammy-winning beatmaker recently discussed Cole’s practice of sharing his instrumentals on Spotify’s RapCaviar Podcast, admitting it even turned into a “running joke” between the two of them.
“I used to have a running joke with J. Cole like, ‘Yo, I gotta do a session with you so I can do a beat that you’re not going to use, that I can get off,’” he told host Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins with a smile.
N“It was like a week or two we was working in the beginning,” he continued. “For him, I did the ‘Control’ beat, Nas ‘Stay,’ ‘Tears of Joy,’ ‘My Last’ and something else. And it was just like, ‘Nah, that ain’t it.”
Cole did end up working with No I.D. on “Never Told” from his 2011 debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story despite rejecting a number of his beats. The 2009 recording of “Stay” by Cole later appeared on his 2013 EP Truly Yours.
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