“Exhibit A (Transformations)” and “Exhibit C” (2009)—Jay Electronica
“Exhibit A” was actually a song sponsored by Guitar Center. We had a deal with them where we were going to be on the cover of their catalog for November 2008. They wanted to have us make a record and cover us documenting the making of the record. I had pumped Jay Electronica as a new artist that I was going to be working with, so they provided the equipment that we used to make the record. But Jay was tied up on the Rock The Bells tour and I was like, ‘Yo, we have to get this record done.’ I was already behind deadline, so I flew out to Detroit to corner Jay [Electronica] [laughs]. It’s not that he didn’t want to do it…it’s that he’s always on the move and doing a million things at once.
I made about seven beats that night and “Exhibit A” was the last one. I don’t know if anyone of us knew how great it was. We just wanted to hurry up and get it done. We got it to Guitar Center…but looking back it was one of those records that almost didn’t happen. The crazy part is “Exhibit C” had an even bigger impact. It made people want to hear an entire album from Jay. He’s been on the road heavy. I’m waiting for him to back myself so we can [finish it up].”