It was the rap beef heard around the world as Drake and Meek Mill battled it out for bragging rights and respect this past summer. Now, nearly five months, countless memes, and a Grammy nomination later, the producer of “Back to Back” is speaking out about how the diss track came to be.
In a recent interview with Complex, Jahmar “Daxz” Carter said that he submitted the beat to OVO at 6 p.m. on July 28. Six hours later, he hit the studio for the first time and saw a focused Drizzy penning the infamous cut.
Carter, who worked on “6 Man” off of Drake’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, detailed the track’s quick turnaround.
“They told me they were making the track right there, and within an hour he dropped it on SoundCloud,” he said. “It was 5 a.m., and he just dropped it. It all happened in the same day.”
As the track underwent mixing and mastering, Carter said the magnitude of what was about to happen finally hit him.
“Around the time they were finishing up the track at 4 a.m., I was sitting in the studio like, ’Is this sh-t really gonna go down right now? Are we just gonna drop this randomly out of nowhere?,'” he said. “I didn’t take it in completely until the drive home, and when I got home, the entire Internet was going crazy.”
Fast forward to present-day and “Back to Back” is currently in the running for Best Rap Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards, the only diss track ever to secure such a nomination. The cut also served as a presidential diss as parodied by Alphacat in response to Donald Trump’s run for the White House.
As Drake finishes work on his long-awaited fourth studio album, Views From the 6, Carter said he wants to make musical magic with Toronto’s own once again.
“I’m definitely trying to get on Views for sure,” he said. “We’ve got a couple ones.”