Mike and Keys respond to Tito Lopez’s claims about Nipsey Hussle Verse

Longtime Nipsey Hussle producers Mike & Keys have stepped up and clarified rapper Tito Lopez’s claims about Nipsey’s verse on “What It Feels Like” initially for one of his songs. The song appears on the soundtrack for Judas and the Black Messiah and garnered more attention than some of the others due to the joining forces of Nip and Jay-Z.

“I’m going to keep it 100% and not leave anything out,” Keys told HipHopDX. “Before, we worked a lot with Tito Lopez. He had a Billboard song that we produced with him called “Mama Proud,” so we were with him almost every day, doing beats with him. We were even working on his album when it was signed to Capitol Records. One of the tracks we did, Nipsey was the first person to rap on ‘Feels Like’, but the thing is, with that hook we sampled a Tito Lopez hook.

Mike continued, explaining that Tito’s song with Nip’s verse on it was originally intended for a Mike & Keys album in 2012, and that they just sat on the verse at the time.

“Tito was not the only person. There are about four or five other people who raped to that beat, ”Mike said. “Like I said, that beat is from 2012. Tito was trying to get on the song because Nipsey was there from the jump, but it was never his song. If he made a version of it, we wouldn’t. never had or heard it.

Mike & Keys also revealed that almost immediately after Nipsey’s murder, Tito wanted to release “Feels Like,” but they were able to persuade him not to because the timing wasn’t right.

“When Nipsey died, because Tito had a copy of it, he tried to put it out a week or two after he died, so I had to stop him,” Mike said. “When you do well you get your recognition in the right way, but when you do it like that you are not going to be recognized for it. What’s funny is the original version of what we had, we couldn’t even find the voice, so we had to change it anyway.

In a new interview with GQ, Mike & Keys as well as song producer Larrance Dopson, Hit-Boy and Jay-Z himself spoke about how the track came together in 2013.

“When he wrote it was always with a long-term perspective,” said Mike & Keys.

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