When “Hovi Baby” was released as the second single from Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse on November 12, 2002, the M.O.P.-featured remix of “U Don’t Know” was released as its b-side.
In a 2011 interview with Complex producer Just Blaze spoke on how this remix of the legendary The Blueprint track came to be: “We did the Blueprint in such a short period of time that we knew we had to get it out right away. Not that I rushed through ‘U Don’t Know.’ We knew it was hot, but I wanted to do more with it. I always wanted to make it bigger and better, and make the drums hit harder, and the bass more in your face. I always say to myself, 'I wish I got the opportunity to do that over.'
We always used to say that M.O.P should have been on that record, even though we all like the original. It’s one of those things where you look back and say, 'Yo, M.O.P would have killed this!’ We were all talking about it in the studio one day and Jay [heard us]. Then one day, I guess he was trying to surprise us, he walked into the studio and was like, 'Yo, put this in.’ I put in the CD, and it was M.O.P rhyming on 'U Don’t Know.' Our jaws hit the floor. We were like, 'When did you do this?!’ I guess he had the conversation with them, and they made it happen. They did it to the original beat, but I said, 'There’s no way I’m letting this come out with them rhyming over the instrumental. We’ve got to make this special.’
So this was my opportunity to do it all over again with all the things that I had learned since I had done the original, and all the ideas that I had with the original that I didn’t get to implement. I’m constantly learning, so it was one of those chances to take a hallmark record of mine and revisit it with new techniques and new approaches. I had gotten a lot better at time stretching and my mixing had gotten a lot better. So the end result was a dope follow-up to a classic record, without it being disrespectful to the original. They sound really good back-to-back.
So 'U Don’t Know’ the original comes on when I’m spinning, and it sets the tone. Then I play the remix, and it’s the same beat but it’s smashing you in your face so much harder that it really brings the whole thing home. So, its the same dynamic of starting something, but then really revisiting it later on and luckily I was able to.”
Summary: You can play the bass really well and Calum is like ‘hot damnn i must take this girl out’
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Y/F/N: Your Friends name
You took in a deep breath before you mounted the podium in the side of the cafe you were performing at, your hands were shaking as you positioned your fingers on the strings of your bass. Your friend gave you a reassuring smile as she pressed down in the keys of the piano and started the song. Your hands moved in rhythm and pretty soon you were absorbed into the music, forgetting your surrounding and your nerves leaving you.
Calum had just happened to be walking by the cafe looking for a place to eat when he saw you strumming from the window. He glanced at you briefly but stopped and backtracked, he took into count your hair that was falling slightly in your eyes and your red cheeks. His mouth stayed agape as he studied you and was breath taken by how beautiful you looked. Not to mention you both played the same instrument.
His feet moved before his mind could process and he found himself standing in front of the podium you were on and watch you create a beautiful harmony with your friend. He clapped loudly as your friend and you finished and you blushed, thanking everyone, he almost gushed at how cute you were. He tried to form the words of a greeting but couldn’t soon enough and you left to get in line for a cup of coffee. His gaze followed you and he almost felt compelled to you.
He quickly ordered some random drink form the cafe and practically followed you to where the sugar and milk were, he soon found himself standing right next to you.
“Hi…” You heard a voice say as you were pouring sugar into your drink, you turned towards where the voice came from and you were met with warm brown eyes that had your knees buckle a little.
“Hi.” You’re voice came out weak and you tightened your grip on your bass’s case nervously.
“You were, uhm,” He cleared his throat and wiped his hands on his tight jeans, “You played very well.” He complimented and you blushed nervously as you picked up a stirrer and began mixing your drink with the added sugar.
“Thank you so much.” You smiled and your friend called your name but apologized when she saw the handsome guy you were talking with.
“I have to go to class, I’ll catch you in Lee’s.” She said apprehensively before departing from the cafe.
“That’s my-uh- friend, Y/F/N. We go to school together.” You nodded and you took a sip from your drink.
“Do you want to sit down…with me?” Calum asked and your face grew hot as you nodded, trying not to look so eager.
“I’m Y/N by the way.” You smiled to which he copied.
“Calum.” He said as he pulled your chair out for you and you thanked him before sitting down and placing your bass beside you.
“So how long have you been playing?” He asked, leaning in slightly.
“Hmm, it’s been a while.” You let out an amused laugh and tried to remember how many years it had been.
“You play?” You asked and you grinned with excitement as he nodded.
“Yeah I’m in this band,” He scratched his neck nervously, “We kinda suck but..” He said and he smiled triumphantly as you let out a laugh and went to cover your mouth as giggles escaped from your lips.
“I’ll have to check you out.” You said before your face became hot and you stuttered, trying to correct yourself.
“I meant your band, and your bass skills.” You face palmed yourself and you heard Calum chuckle.
“I wouldn’t mind both,” He smirked and you swept your hair behind your ear nervously. You glanced at the time and let out a gasp as you began gathering your things.
“I’m sorry I have to go! I go to the music academy here and this performance was for school but I forgot I had to be back in fifteen minutes!” You rushed and Calum stood up with you.
“I’ll walk you,” He insisted despite your protests.
“So do you like performing?” Calum asked as you both walked across the street towards your school.
“No, I get awful stage fright, I feel like I’m going to throw up.” You laughed and turned left.
“You must not have that problem though.” You said as you stopped at the crosswalk and waited for it to tell you it was safe to walk.
“Of course I do! Sometimes when we perform I almost faint, it’s quite intimidating really.” He spoke and you glanced at him while you crossed the street side by side.
“How do you overcome it?” You asked curiously and stopped in front of your lecture hall.
“I’ll teach you my tricks if you teach me that cool strumming pattern you do,” He proposed and you nodded in agreement.
“Alright,” You bit your lips, trying to hold back your smile.
“But,” Calum interjected, “You have to come to my show and grab dinner afterwards with me.” He grinned and you glanced towards all your classmates that were entering the building then back at him.
“You got yourself a deal Mr.” You smiled and you both said goodbyes as you rushed into the classroom to Y/F/N who was demanding every detail which you told her with the cheesiest smile on your face.