Friday 5th April 2013
Hip-hop would not be where it is today without Just Blaze. You may know him from the pulsating behemoth that is his huge track with Baauer – ‘Higher’ – but the New Jersey producer has been laying down enormous beats for the cream of the hip-hop crop since the late ‘90s. Check out Just and Bauuer talking us through the process of creating 'Higher' here:
The vocal sample you hear in the build-up to ‘Higher’ of course comes from none other than Jay-Z, an impressive feat in itself. That Just met up with the superstar rapper following a friendly phone call, and got him to lay down his vocal onto a phone there and then, just goes to show the immense stature of the 21st-century super-producer.
Although most recently smashing it with Bauuer on the trap stage, and flirting with house in his spare time, hip-hop is clearly Just Blaze’s calling card. After all, the names with which he has worked do not come any bigger; we’re talking Jay-Z, Drake, Eminem, Kanye West and countless others over the course of his illustrious career. His productions are organic and expansive, taking the infectious groove the genre needs and adding on-point samples and a genuine musicality.
A renowned Ralph Lauren addict, Just Blaze hasn’t let his huge collection of polos interfere with his music, and has taken the wheel for more massive tracks than you’ve had hot dinners. Catch him at Detonate on April 26th. In the meantime, check out five of his best here:
Jay Z - Show Me What You Got
Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr Dre - Compton
Rick Ross - I Love My Bitches
Jay Electronica - Exhibit C
Saigon ft. Jay-Z - Come On Baby
Words: Joe Ponting