Producers L&X Music Break Down J. Cole and Drake's 'In The Morning' [Pg. 2]


Leslie "L" Merceron: I remember the exact day we made that beat: September 13, 2007. [Laughs] The exact day. At the time, I had my production setup at my house and it was 3:30 or 4 o'clock in the morning and I couldn't sleep. So I got up and started messing around and, funny enough, made a song that ended up being called "In The Morning."

Xavier "X" Smith: I remember the call and everything. He called me and said, 'Yo, I got this hot joint. It's different and it's not like everything else on the radio right now.'

Leslie "L" Merceron: Yeah, so then we got into the studio the next day and finished it off together. That's how we work.

Xavier "X" Smith: From there, I had met J. Cole through a friend in New York. Cole produces a lot of his own stuff but he heard our music and he was very interested in it. So he was going through some beats that we had submitted to him and he stopped at "In The Morning" and thought it was great. He was mesmerized by the uniqueness of it. He started writing to it and gave us a call later like, "I'm feeling the record. I'm going to move forward with it." But you have to realize, that was all the way back in 2007. So the original "In The Morning," he put it on a sampler called The Warm Up to the Warm Up.

Leslie "L" Merceron: Yeah, that beat has been around for awhile now.

Xavier "X" Smith: As far as Drake getting involved, I remember the day so clear. J. Cole called me about a month or two ago and told me the news about Drake hearing the record and loving it and implying that he'd like to do the record over together.

Leslie "L" Merceron: When he told us Drake was interested in the record, we were stunned. So, we went back, added some live instrumentation to the record and that's what added on to the original version. But the song is basically the same joint. J. Cole's first verse is the same but the second one is definitely different and then obviously there's a Drake verse on there now.

Xavier "X" Smith: And people have loved it. A lot of work has come in as a result of Drake showing interest in the song. [Laughs] A lot! Stay tuned.


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The death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, inspired T.I. to issue a pubic apology. The rapper took to Instagram on Monday (Jan. 27) with a message for his two oldest daughters, Zonnique and Deyjah.

“I love you girls more than my vocabulary will allow me to express,” he wrote. “You have grown so much right before my very eyes [and] blossomed into strong, brilliantly opinionated, independent young women. I'm so proud of you both and I love you to no end, more than you'll ever know.

“Please forgive me for any and all imperfections that cause misunderstandings between us…charge my mind, not my heart,” he added. “Life may throw us curveballs [and] deal us some pretty bad hands at times. But rest assured, you'll NEVER find yourself in a place too high or low for me to be there to catch you when you fall.”

The father of seven said that he refused to “let another second go by” without telling his daughters how much he loves them. He also posted messages dedicated to wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and his four sons, in addition to numerous tributes honoring Kobe and Gigi.

Tip came under fire last year for a podcast interview where he revealed that he goes with his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah, to doctor’s appointments to ensure that she remains a virgin. The comments drove Deyjah to briefly delete her Instagram before returning to social media but disabling the comment section of her account.

T.I. later sat down at The Red Table Talk to address his virginity comments and the subsequent backlash.

Read Tip’s message to his daughter’s below.


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I love you girls more than my vocabulary will allow me to express. You have grown so much right before my very eyes & blossomed into strong,brilliantly opinionated, independent young women. I'm so proud of you both and I love you to no end,more than you'll ever know. Please forgive me for any and all imperfections that cause misunderstandings between us.... Charge my mind,not my heart. You see Life may throw us curveballs & deal us some pretty bad hands at times. But rest assured,you'll NEVER find yourself in a place too high or low for me to be there to catch you when you fall. I just Can't let another second go by without letting you know while we're still here in this life together.... You have ALL MY LOVE FOR ALL MY LIFE...&AFTER‼️ @princess_of_da_south @zonniquejailee

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A powerful earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday (Jan. 28) triggering temporary tsunami warnings and tremors felt as far away as South Florida. The 7.7. magnitude quake hit the waters between Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands, according to the United States Geological Survey and the International Tsunami Information Center.

The quake, which struck roughly 86 miles northwest off the coast of Montego Bay, Jamaica, resulted in multiple aftershocks including a a 6.1 tremor near the Cayman Island, and a 4.4 aftershock. “Light shaking” was also reported in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

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The quake comes nearly a month after a 6.4. magnitude earthquake hit Puerto Rico, but the USGS said that the “seismic events” were unrelated.

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Shaquille O’Neal Tears Up While Honoring His “Little Brother” Kobe Bryant

Shaquille O’Neal didn’t hold back his tears while reflecting on the tragic death of Kobe Bryant during a special edition of Inside the NBA. The hourlong tribute episode, filmed from the Los Angeles Staples Center on Tuesday (Jan. 28), was dedicated to the late NBA legend.

“I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while,” said Shaq after revealing that he hadn't been sleeping since his sister died from cancer last year. “I’m 47 years old, lost two grandmothers, [my father], lost my sister, and now I lost a little brother.”

Shaq re-lived the moment that he found out about Bryant's death, and the "final blow" of learning that the retired Lakers player's 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, died with her father. Making matters that more emotional, Bryant reached out to Shaq's son, Shakir, via text message, hour before he passed away in a helicopter crash.

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Later in the emotional moment, Shaq reminisced about some of his final conversations with Bryant, and all of the things that he’ll miss the most about him.

“With the loss of my father, my sister and [Kobe] that’s the only thing I wish, [that] I could just say something to him again.”

Shaq admitted that Bryant’s death has rocked him to the core. “It definitely changes me because I work a lot. I work probably more than the average guy, but I just really have to now take time and call and say ‘I love you.’ Rick Fox called and said ‘Man I love you.’ [Brian] Shaw called me, so I’m going to try and do a better job of reaching out and talking to people instead of procrastinating, because you never know. Life is too short. I could never imagine nothing like this. I’ve never seen anything like this.

“The fact that we lost probably the world’s greatest Laker, the world’s greatest basketball player,” he continued as tears streamed down his face. “People are gonna say ‘take your time’ and get better but it’s gonna' be hard for me. I already don’t sleep anyway…but I’ll figure it out.”

Shaq went on to extend condolences to Bryant’s family, and the families of the other seven victims of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of the NBA legend and his young daughter

“It hit all of us out of nowhere. I didn’t want to believe it,” he said of first learning of Bryant’s death. “I just wish I could be able to say one last thing to the people that we lost because once your’e gone, you’re gone forever, and we should never take stuff like that for granted.”

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