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Clipse's "Grindin'" Almost Went To Another Rapper?

Clipse's "Grindin'" Almost Went To Another Rapper?

By now almost everybody knows the stuttering big-bang beat of Clipse's 2oo2 hit "Grindin'" — but did you know the beat almost went to another rapper? According to Clipse member Pusha T in an interview with Life & Times, beatmakers The Neptunes gave them a pretty tight deadline:

“The way it was presented to me…I was actually home and Pharrell was in the studio and he called me and he was like, “Listen. Get up here right now. Get up here right now—I’ve got this record and if you’re not up here in 15 minutes I’m just giving it to Jay-Z. I am. I’m giving it to him. If you’re not here in 15 minutes…I know you’re home. You’re home. You’re home. Your house is 10 minutes from here. That means you’ve got five minutes to get ready and get over here. If not, I’m giving it to Jay.” I couldn’t really deal with that. And I was there, needless to say, in 13 minutes (laughs).”

So there you go — "Grindin'" could have been a Jay-Z joint. Good thing Pusha T moved fast. [In Flex We Trust]

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