Just Blaze set social media, um, ablaze this past weekend — but this time, he wasn't previewing unreleased gems. Instead, on Saturday evening (May 28), Just took to Twitter and hosted an impromptu Twitter Q&A session, which yielded some incredible behind the scene truths about the numerous gems within his revered canon. From his days as part of Roc-A-Fella Records' in-house production team to beyond, the incomparable Justin Blaze shared interesting tidbits about making Kanye Wests "Touch The Sky" in 20 minutes, how Cam'Ron initially reacted to "I Really Mean It" and why Jay Z's unreleased "Song Cry" sequel could be a fitting response to Beyoncé Lemonade.
Quick fun fact: the latter song was originally revealed by Just Blaze in a 2013 interview on Sway in the Morning. According to Just, the updated version of Jay Z's 2001 Blueprint single was originally recorded for 2003's The Black Album (so was the since released "Dead Presidents 3"), and was to be titled "Hello Young Lady." However, it failed to make the final album.
As far as what that record could mean today, given the current series of events, Blaze said this about "Song Cry 2":
It would be a perfect follow up to Lemonade. GN. https://t.co/Xh29DHd1ve— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
For everything else revealed during Just Blaze's impromptu Q&A, see below:
Blaze was originally set to record a "More Than A Woman" remix with Aaliyah, prior to her untimely passing.
When she passed she was on flight to come meet me and Freeway in Miami to do a "more than a woman" remix. https://t.co/X6U4YkfCHj— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
Despite what was revealed in interviews in the past, Jay Z's storied "Oh Boy" remix verse for Cam'Ron didn't get erased.
I was there when he did it and it didn't get erased. https://t.co/kdC450oBaU— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
In related Dipset news, Cam'Ron originally wasn't into "I Really Mean It" when he first heard the beat.
Juelz liked it first. Then cam came in the room the next day like "nope" https://t.co/4VpFelxvDZ— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
Just made "Touch the Sky" 20 minutes before Kanye stepped into Baseline Studios and later asked to "borrow" the rapper's Louis Vuitton scarf. Fair exchange?
I made it 20 minutes before Ye got to baseline. And I was trying to "borrow" his LV scarf when get got there. https://t.co/hdtWHGaPb0— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
Jay Z wasn't initially sold on the idea of including "Public Service Announcement" on The Black Album.
He didn't think we needed it. Me and Lenny were like https://t.co/KXCUP0Io1w— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
After working on Rick Ross' "I Love My B*tches," Just received his first DJ Khaled speech.
The night we recorded it, I got my first motivational speech from Khaled. Major https://t.co/fvJ0853kMP— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
Dame Dash initially wanted Memphis Bleek to be the "new LL" and thought his verse on Cam'Ron's "The ROC (Just Fire)" was too hard to be featured.
Dame tried to take Bleek off Just Fire. First time I ever stood up to him and said no. https://t.co/seNI9To6dp— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
He said his verse was too hard and he wanted Bleek to be the new LL. So then I played "I shot ya" and he was silent https://t.co/P6g8U7vVIb— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
Working on Jadakiss' "It's Time I See You" during the height of his beef with Beanie Sigel was just as awkward for Just as everyone believed.
That was awkward city. I walked into the session like "umm whut" https://t.co/xksY21nFgA— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
Beanie Sigel's "What Ya Life Like Pt. 2" remains one of Just's personal favorites.
One of my personal favorites. Brings a tear to me eye every time. https://t.co/VLe6r4Yj2H— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
Dr. Dre advised Just to "turn down" the mix for Game's "Church For Thugs."
It was Dre's idea to "turn it down" https://t.co/TYFur5TGt8— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) May 29, 2016
The beat for Jay Z's "Show You How" went through several iterations before making The Blueprint 2.