Just Blaze On “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”

Just Blaze On "People's Party With Talib Kweli"

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with one of the most prolific and legendary producers in hip hop:


Here’s what they got into:

  • His childhood, growing up in New Jersey, in a home of music lovers
  • Why it’s crucial that kids learn the skill of computer programming
  • Where Just’s alias of Megatron Don originated from
  • The impact that John William’s “Star Wars” score had on him
  • This history of Just’s love for sneakers and his new show, “Fresh Pair”
  • Getting his hip hop education at six years old from NYC’s radio shows
  • An early ability to call out samples and winning radio call-in contests
  • New Jersey’s love for house music going hand in hand with hip hop
  • Being invited to the offices of Cold Chillin’ records at 16 years old
  • One of his first studio visits being a Rah Digga session
  • Feeling vindicated when the Outsidaz wanted to rap over his beats
  • A&R Gee Roberson calling on Just to join Roc-A-Fella’s production team
  • J Period’s spiritual decision to ditch sampling and Just getting his records
  • The importance of Memphis Bleek to the success story of Roc-A-Fella
  • People calling and pretending to be well-known artists, fishing for money
  • Just’s signature call-out on tracks and what it’s meant for his career
  • Young Guru and his contribution to the process of Just’s productions
  • The longevity of Freeway’s “What We Do” featuring Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel
  • Cutting Freeway’s “Roc The Mic” and knowing it would be a hit
  • Kanye stating that he and Just were arch nemesis’ at Roc-A-Fella
  • The importance of the features on Jay-Z’s song, “Girls, Girls, Girls”
  • ‘The Blueprint’ essentially being recorded over a single weekend
  • Why Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s ‘Main Ingredient’ was so impactful
  • Jay-Z having some of the most fun doing his B-Sides concerts
  • Working at Roc-A-Fella Records during the time Dipset entered the fold
  • If there were tensions during the making of “Welcome To New York City”
  • The beat for T.I.’s “Live Your Life” originally being made as a joke
  • The importance of Saigon’s “Gotta Believe It” and Maino’s “All The Above”
  • Jay Electronica, his mystique and the making of Exhibit’s A, B, and C
  • When can we expect a Just Blaze album?

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