Fellow North Carolina native Ski Beatz tells SoulCulture about trying to link the Roc's past and future by working with J. Cole.
While not an official member of Roc-A-Fella Records, Ski Beatz was very instrumental during the Roc’s formative years. Ski supplied the beats behind Reasonable Doubt’s “Feelin’ It,” “Politics As Usual,” and “22 Two’s.” While Roc-A-Fella’s founding members have gone their separate ways, Ski maintains a connection. The North Carolina native is behind the boards for most of Curren$y’s recent work, and Curren$y now finds his album bearing the Roc-a-fella/Def Jam logo.
Having rebranded his label as Roc Nation, Jay-Z has given another NC resident the stamp of approval, and Ski is also apparently interested.
“I wanna do a track with J. Cole ‘cause he’s from NC an I’m from NC,” Ski told SoulCulture. A fan apparently saw the video and echoed the suggestion via Twitter, as did Ski. “It’s that NC shit. That’s what we do—we rap and produce ourselves.”
Ski shrugged off being deterred by the rift between Jay-Z and Damon Dash, citing both former partners as friends.
“Jay’s my friend and Dame’s my friend,” he added. “Hey if I can do a record with J. Cole, and Jay says, ‘Yeah, cool do it,’ and Dame’s like, ‘I Don’t give a fuck,’ then we’re gonna do it.”
Ski added that the issue of what label a potential collaboration with J. Cole would be released on could be a bit of an issue, it wouldn’t matter to him because fans would love the final product.