DJ Pharris explains how his contributions to Kanye West's "Theraflu" came about.
In a recent interview with Fake Shore Drive, DJ Pharris explained how he ended up on the outro of "Theraflu." He recalled that he and 'Ye were working in New York for a few days, and during one studio session, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper told Pharris to jump on the track. Pharris said originally, he actually had a verse on the track, but that Kanye asked him to change it up to a more DJ-style outro in which he gave a shout of the Chicago's numerous neighborhoods.
"I was in New York with 'Ye, and we hit the studio and just started working. I was in the studio everyday with him, and that was the record he was working on. Kanye is constantly working — he never stops. That record is just something he wanted to do from the heart. It took him a minute to write that record. I was with him for like two or three days, just trying to come up with different parts, and concepts. 'Theraflu' is a song that he mentally put everything into. That was all of 'Ye. He put everything into it. It just so happened that when he finished it, he was like 'I want you to do something on the end of this, I want you to talk some shit. Can you do that?' And I was like 'Hell yeah, you know I’m with it.' He gave the opportunity and I ran with it.'"
He added, "At first I came with an outro and it was kinda clever — I was actually rapping and rhyming on the outro. Just saying slick shit. Then Ye stopped me like, 'I don’t want you to rhyme, nah, don’t do that. I want you to do your DJ shit — I want the grimy shit!' So I went back in, got what I wanted to say in my mind, and the rest is history...Ye just told me he wanted some Chi shit. He wanted me to say something everyone in Chicago could relate to, so that’s the first thing that came to mind. Some straight Chicago shit — what niggas can relate to. We wanted to let the hoods know that we were thinkin’ about them."