Jahlil Beats‘ career took off in 2011 with Meek Mill‘s smash “Ima Boss” with his Maybach Music Group boss Rick Ross on the help out. However, things really exploded in 2014 with the mega-popular Bobby Shmurda hit “Hot N***a” that the Roc Nation producer says was originally intended for his Philadelphia brethren.
DJ Booth sat down with Jahlil Beats as he broke down the story behind some of his biggest records. In fact, he revealed in the chat that “Ima Boss” was intended for Jeezy but after a chance listening session, Meek took the record for himself and it was suggested that Rozay hop on the record, which prompted Meek to officially get down with MMG. Jahlil says his connection to Meek Mill came by way of Myspace – remember that? – but he used the more modern social media tool of Instagram to fully connect with the now-incarcerated Shmurda.
From DJ Booth:
“That beat was actually for Meek Mill as well. At the time, he had so much of that type of music, so I sent it to Lloyd Banks. He put the record out and never really did nothing with it. Nowadays, it’s like rappers put your record out and if it pops off, then they do the business side. So he put it out and I was like, ‘Aight, cool.’ I really fucked with the record.
“I put the instrumental out on one of my Crack Music instrumental tapes. Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel, they were big fans of me and Meek and they would do a lot of my beats. He ended up doing the record and…it just blew up, man. The crazy thing about it is, I found out last. I didn’t know who he was at all. I saw people tagging me in it, in the video where he’s throwing the hat up and all that. And then my cousin sent me a tweet from Kevin Durant where he’s talking about it. That was when I knew it was big.
“I found [Bobby] on Instagram and I reached out to him. He was like, ‘Listen man, I’m just trying to get out of the streets. Can you give me your blessing?’ I was like, ‘Yeah! Rock out with it.’ Sha Money XL reached out to me as well and was like, ‘I’m about to sign this kid, let me know what’s up.’ Sha Money cut me a nice check for that record and the ‘Shmoney Dance’ record.
Check out the rest of Jahlil Beats’ interview with DJ Booth by following this link.