Symbolyc One chops it up with Hip Hop Weekly’s J. Bachelor about his contribution to Yeezus and other upcoming projects.
HHW: What were your first thoughts after hearing Yeezus?
S1: I always know what kind of creative level Kanye’s on, so I went in with a pretty open mind. I skimmed through every song and I really liked it. Sonically, it sounded different and as a creative person, I see myself in that same lane; every time I make something, I’m looking to go against whatever’s popular. It’s not my favorite Kanye album, but I still like it.
HHW: What’s your favorite Yeezy album?
S1: I have to say Late Registration. Musically that album is so incredible, just as a whole.
HHW: Do you think Yeezus is gonna have to sink in with people because it’s so different?
S1: I think so. One of the things I’ve noticed is that people either really love the album or they really don’t like it. I haven’t seen a lot of in-betweens, but I’ve actually read some people saying the album is growing on them.
HHW: Tell us about your contribution on Yeezus.
S1: Before Kanye started this album he had like 20 beats from me on hold, but what’s crazy is none of those 20 joints made the album. “Guilt Trip” was actually a joint I did in London for Watch the Throne. In fact, Kanye and Jay were in the room with me when I did it. I did it on the spot and they loved it – Kanye laid a verse immediately on it, and he ended up using it for this particular project. I make music to the best of my ability and move on, “Guilt Trip” is an example of that — a seed I planted a while back that was used later on.
HHW: Has the beat changed much since you originally recorded it?
S1: The beat is pretty much the same, he just kind of went in and beefed everything up.
HHW: Did you catch Jay-Z’s Magna Carta announcement last night?
S1: I did and I was really excited about it, because I didn’t know he was that close to releasing the project. I talked to Jay during the Watch the Throne Tour. I went to a couple shows and at the Vegas show he was like, “I know you got something for me, where the beats at?” I gave him a flashdrive with a bunch of dope beats on it, and that’s really the last time I heard from him. It’s one of those things where I could possibly have a couple beats on there, but you never know until a couple of weeks before it comes out.
HHW: You may be hearing something soon, Magna Carta’s set to drop July 4.
S1: Yep that’s exactly right. The approach to releasing it is so different, but I bet it does crazy numbers.
HHW: You think Jay was going for the double entendre with the title Magna Carta – almost sounds like a twist on his last name, Carter.
S1: You know what? It never even dawned on me. Could be ….
HHW: What’s next for Symbolyc One?
S1: In addition to the Kanye album, I’ve been working on Eminem’s new album and I’m very excited about that. I’ve been working with Lupe on his solo album and also, me and Lupe started a group together. All I can say is it’s gonna be a really dope concept album. I’ve been working with Snoop, he’s actually working on his last solo album as Snoop Dogg. Then there’s a possible Slaughterhouse joint … one thing that I’m really excited about is I formed this group called The Dividends with this chick named Sarah Jaffe. My gut is tellin’ me this project is gonna be super huge.