For those of you still doubting that Jay-Z recorded his epic four-minute verse to DJ Khaled’s “God Did” in one take, longtime Jigga engineer Young Guru has the recipes. On Sunday, September 4, Guru posted a lengthy message on Instagram along with two photos from the sessions to prove his point.
“This is the first and last time I’m gonna do this. I don’t care if you believe me when I say he did that verse @djkhaled in one take,” Guru wrote alongside a shot of him at the mixing console with Jay relaxing in the background sipping a drink while YG works his magic.
“Let’s be clear for the young people. Doing a song in one take is just a talent level bonus. The song is what is important. You have to realize how much work is done before he enters the cabin,” he added. The second shot appears to show Jay’s completed vocal tracks and in his explanation, Young Guru anticipated any further doubt about what it takes to be one and do.
“Questions such as ‘are these the right words’, ‘are you going in the right direction’, ‘is this the best flow’ are all answered and mentally processed long before recording . Then you repeat the verse over and over in the control room to commemorate it,” he explained. “Does Jay do ALL the verses in one take? No. But did he do MANY verses in one take? Damn yes!!! I have no reason to [lie]! Watch the screen zoom in. There are no chops or pauses in this audio. This ‘I don’t believe you unless I see it’ thing is foreign to me. Here is your proof. Doesn’t matter if you believed me…God made!!!”
The always talkative Khaled also weighed in, writing in the comments: “THIS GOD HAS DONE! THIS HOV DID!
GURU DID IT!!!!!
The chatter over Jay’s verse began to bubble last week when Young Guru first spoke of his amazement during the session in an interview in which he said, “Tthis one was different because normally we sit down, we do one song, three verses, two verses or whatever, and it’ll have one verse and then we’ll figure out what’s next.
“No, he came in and it was completely, he spat the verse at me. A take. He literally asks me: ‘Guru, set the rhythm’. I’m like, ‘Khaled didn’t send me the beat, you didn’t send me the beat. Send me the rhythm. So he sent me the joint and I started trying to buckle it up, and he was just like, ‘No, no, no, hit Khaled and take the whole instrumental,’ so he could spit it all out. verse.
Check out Guru’s post below.