Jay-Z delivered one of his most memorable verses in recent memory on DJ Khaled’s “God Did.” Now his longtime friend and producer Young Guru has revealed that Hov spit the feature in one take.
In a conversation with QGby Frazier Tharpe and Genius‘s Rob Markman, Guru explained how the verse came together and why he’s still amazed at Jay-Z’s genius.
“People think I’m still not surprised when he comes in and does these verses,” he said. “And this one was different because normally we sit down, we’ll do one song, three verses, two verses or whatever, and it’ll have one verse and then we’ll figure out what’s next.”
When Frazier asks if Hov spat his bars in one take, Guru confirmed, noting how much being able to do so still amazes him.
“No, he came in and it was completely, he spat the verse at me,” Guru said. “One take. He’s literally like, ‘Guru, put the beat on’. I’m like, ‘Khaled didn’t send me the beat, you didn’t send me the beat. Send me the beat. So he sent me the joint and I started trying to wrap it up, and he was just like, ‘No, no, no, hit Khaled and take the whole instrumental,’ so he could spit out the whole verse.
Hov’s jaw-dropping performance on Khaled’s title track had many call it the verse of the decade. While that might be an exaggeration, Jay-Z rapped like he still had something to prove, and littered the track with a flurry of triple meanings and references that Guru also broke down for the team in the interview.
Watch the full interview with Guru on creating Hov’s verse on “God Did” above.