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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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ibn yasir February 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

haha 45 king is a G. nice insight.

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

Man, this was inspirational.

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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.

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FemiAtWork February 24, 2010 at 12:31 am

What was this originally recorded for?

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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:

http://svtplay.se/v/1864937/hitlatens_historia/teaser_hitlatens_historia_-_jay_z?cb,a1364145,1,f,-1/pb,a1364142,1,f,-1/pl,v,,1864937/sb,k122839,1,f,-1

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

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

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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.

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AndreB February 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

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

http://beatreport.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-makeing-of-hard-knock-life

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