Longtime ML friend and producer 6th Sense ended up on the outro track on The Lonely Island’s 2nd album Turnleneck & Chain. I hit him up to get the scoop on how he ended up on the Grammy award winning group’s comedy/rap album (who we have written about a little in the past).
Here is how it all came about:
It all started when Jason Goldstein hit me up. Jason’s an amazing (grammy winning!) engineer, and we’ve worked on a couple of songs together (google him). Jason had been engineering The Lonely Island album, and they had a song called “No Homo.” I think for some reason they couldn’t get a hold of the producer that did the track, and they asked if I could decipher what the sample was and remake it.
I couldn’t figure it out at all. I was asking other producers if they knew what it was, but no one could put their finger on it. I wish I could recall everyone that I asked, it would surprise you, trust me. A couple weeks later it hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought about Beyonce and Jay’s “Upgrade You” and the Betty Wright sample. I started chopping it up and made sure I was keeping the drums in line of Lonely Island’s original. As I listened closely to what I was coming up with I realized it wasn’t the exact same sample, but it was SO close, even with the weird vocal stab.
I sent a rough beat in. The funny part is that when you pitch Betty Wright way far down, she sounds like a dude! I had an intro, the beat, and then I made another part with Betty sounding like she was singing “no homo.” Jason sent me the Pro Tools session of their vocals and I put the song together. I had to change my BPM by a couple decimals. I threw the Betty “no homo” part after their rhymes and then flew my intro to be the ride out. I even pasted in THEIR “no homo” to echo Betty. I thought it was hilarious. Sent it in.
I hadn’t heard anything for a while. If you peep the album you’ll see they got someone to completely replay the song, I think it sounds great. They hit me up and said they wanted to use my outro still. I said no problem!
I hope that wasn’t too long winded, but it goes to show you, nothing’s easy in this game. I gotta thank Jason Goldstein, and of course The Lonely Island. I only wanted to let Metal Lungies know the story so I could get as many people behind The Lonely Island… no homo.