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18 October, 2011@2:34 pm

Producer Jahlil Beats – the man most recently behind Meek Mill’s “Ima Boss” – has signed a deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint. He spoke with XXL about the new venture.

“I was in a bidding war with like six different labels for publishing deals,” he said. “I just feel like Roc Nation, as a brand, as a name, was bigger than life. On top of that, they gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse, where I could have so much space to do whatever I want to do outside of Roc Nation.”

“I had tried to give Jay some beats at [Philadelphia’s] Powerhouse 2009. I waited for him at the entrance, and when he was coming in I was like, ‘Yo, I got these joints.’ And Jay was like, ‘Nah, I don’t want that.’ Then, a couple years later, I’m in his office and he talking about, ‘I’m a fan of your work.’ It’s crazy.”

Jahlil explains that he will not only produce, but also will rhyme on his upcoming projects.

“I did like 90% of Bow Wow’s Underrated album. I’m working on Fab’s album. I’m working on stuff with Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Willow, Jaden Smith. I got like four joints on Red Café’s album that’s dropping in February. I’m working with Soulja Boy, Tyga. I’m working with so many cats. Meek got so many tracks from me. That’s a given. I’m working on my own stuff, too. It’s a mixtape. I’m spitting.”

  Mixtape D.L.
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