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“Touch the Sky” (2006)—Kanye West

“It was really easy working with Kanye. He reached out to me about some beats and that was it. I actually made “Touch The Sky” an hour before he got to the studio. I had these two other beats that I sat aside for him, but I felt like they weren’t cool enough. The irony is, as much as I’m a student of music I had never heard Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up” until the day before. I just loved the horns on that song. It just feels good. I knew I wanted to time-stretch and slow it down a bit to make it an anthem. Kanye wrote to another song I gave him but he only recorded “Touch The Sky” and he put Lupe [Fiasco] on it. The version that was released is just two tracks straight out from Protools. We never mixed the beat… only the vocals. And that was Lupe’s introduction for a lot of people. He killed it. I knew that verse on his record was going to secure his spot in the mainstream.”

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