45 King’s Making of Hard Knock Life

February 23, 2010

The 45 King cuts it up on his Vestax Handi Traxx turntables then explains the making of the unexpected Jay Z classic, “Hard Knock Life”.  Both 45 King and Jay tell their sides of the story from finding the Annie soudtrack at a thrift store to recording the final version.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Sane McGillicutty February 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I love that he said he keeps all his drums on one track so engineers cant mess it up! LMAO DOPE!!! Now that I think about it, Seems like the beat would have less than 5 tracks if all the drums were on one track. Bass, Sample, Drums…what else is there in that song. Assuming, by drums he meant hats,kicks,snares,crashes and cymbals


B.Dolla824 February 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Hahaha, yeah dude that shit was hilarious.
I guess the horn stabs, vocal sample and keys are all separate tracks. That’s my guess at least.


Dj ILL One February 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

B Dolla ,I think you`re right. The Piano starts out the origninal song and it goes through the whole Jay track.


ibn yasir February 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

haha 45 king is a G. nice insight.


17th Dimension February 23, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Man, this was inspirational.


ClearBlue February 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Wow I have been sleeping on 45 King but that was the best shit I have seen in a while. That guy is hilarious. A+ on this vid.


FemiAtWork February 24, 2010 at 12:31 am

What was this originally recorded for?


Spectraz February 24, 2010 at 6:12 am

It is definitely recorded for swedish TV, probably for a program called “Musikbyrån” (Music Bureau) which is a program dedicated to music. After some more digging I found out that it is for a hit record history special, where I think that artists get to pick one record, bring with them and then to talk about. This is probably the intro to the video above:



D-Marz February 24, 2010 at 4:31 am

hahaha “Dont mess up my drums”!!! dude that shit had me ROFL…. hilarious…


Spectraz February 24, 2010 at 8:25 am
dzoo February 25, 2010 at 3:49 am

funny i heard dame dash claim sole responsibility for finding this beat and paying $10,000 cash on the spot for it. . who is lyin?
dame also said the main white boy at def jam said this was not gonna be a hit.


AndreB February 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

Good post! I posted this too on my musicproduction blog with a translation. Check it out!



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