Lil Wayne’s ’6 Foot 7 Foot’ Beat Originally Intended for T.I.
Lil Wayne made his triumphant comeback this week with the release of ’6 Foot 7 Foot’ featuring Cory Gunz, the first single off his upcoming album ‘Tha Carter IV.’ But the frenzied Bangladesh-produced beat almost never made its way to the Young Money chief. According to the producer, he originally constructed the instrumental for T.I. after Cash Money Records hadn’t coughed up the royalty checks for his work on Wayne’s ‘A Milli.’
“Due to the situation and the circumstances of the Cash Money situation, I really wasn’t thinking about Wayne at that moment when I made it,” he told BET.com. “I just knew that the beat was a big track and I couldn’t at the time think of nobody that could swag this out like that or was worthy enough of this beat really.”
After whipping up the ‘Banana Boat’-sampling banger, he sent it over to Wayne’s management and Atlantic Records as well as Hip Hop Since 1978 CEO Gee Roberson, hoping that he would pass it off to Tip. “I was actually sending the beat to Gee for T.I.,” he revealed. “I mean, not that I think T.I. would sound good on the beat, they were just looking for a single and somebody said, ‘Man, send that to Gee, T.I. need something.’”
It didn’t go quite as he had hoped. “Gee just hit back talking about Wayne. ‘Man, Wayne’ll kill this, Wayne’ll kill this,’ so I had to really see if I wanted to do it or not, but they’ve been communicating, they’ve been reaching out,” he explained.
Shondrae “Bangladesh” Crawford, who produced Beyonce‘s ‘Diva,’ Gucci Mane‘s ‘Lemonade’ and Kelis‘ ‘Bossy,’ claimed earlier this year that Cash Money was yet to pay him royalty checks for his production on Wayne’s dizzying “A Milli.” He buried the beef this past September after the financial discrepancy was cleared up.