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T.I. took Kendrick Lamar and B.o.B. with him to Los Angeles to film his video for “Memories Back Then.”

As Hip-Hop Wired reported late last year, this song originally featured a sample of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” but wasn’t cleared in time for Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head.

“We just remixed it and did our own thing to it. Took the sample out so we wouldn’t have any trouble in our due diligence,” he said in an interview with MTV News. “I didn’t want to waste the opportunity because it was such great performances and such a meaningful message from myself, from Bob and from Kendrick,” he explained.”

“‘Memories,’ it began as a record that my DJ MLK, he brought a record to me that was produced by Keno and it had a sample, the sample of the biggest record last year and basically I just rocked out as soon as I heard it.”

Although we personally think the Gotye version was better, T.I. maintains that the record will stand the test of time regardless. “I think the record is just as hot, if not hotter without the sample,” he said. “No disrespect to the people whose record we sampled. If we could’ve done it that way we would’ve loved to, but we didn’t wanna step on no toes.”

Check the full interview down after the jump.

Photo: MTV