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On The Run: Just Blaze Says He Has Two Unreleased Albums’ Worth of Jay-Z’s Music


ABC/Randy HolmesGrammy-nominated producer Just Blaze says he’s holding on to two LP’s worth of Jay-Z tracks.

The Roc-a-fella Records alum, who also produced “Freedom” on Beyonce‘s Lemonade, spoke to SPIN Magazine about his music vault, which includes unreleased songs from his former boss.

“A lot of people, when they work with Beyoncé or artists of that stature in general, there’s usually a number of [Non-Disclosure Agreements] involved and you go through a process. With me, there wasn’t much of any of that because I’ve known her for years and I’ve worked with Jay for almost 14, 15 years,” explains Just.

“Obviously, it’s never going to be an issue of security with me. I mean, I have at least two albums’ worth of Jay Z material sitting in my vault. So it’s not that they ever have to worry about me leaking records or releasing information. I give people sneak peeks when it’s appropriate or when the artists want to do it,” he reveals.

When it came to producing “Freedom,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, Just explains that it was Beyonce’s team who had the idea of adding the Compton rapper to the song.

“I kinda already had the idea to put Kendrick on it. It’s funny because she had the same idea and we didn’t even talk about it. By the time I went to go express to them that they should get Kendrick on the record, [Beyonce’s team] had already reached out to him to be on the record,” he says.

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