Mr Hudson on Jay-Z Collabo: 'It's Bigger Than Big'

  /  06.09.2009

Mr Hudson and Jay-Z

Before Kanye West and British singer-songwriter Mr Hudson collaborated on tracks like “Paranoid” and “Street Lights,” off the former’s third album, 808s & Heartbreak, the duo combined their stellar talents and emerged with “Forever Young,” a record set for release on Jay-Z’s highly-anticipated Blueprint 3.

Last year, while recording with West at a studio in Hawaii, Mr Hudson laid his vocal stylings over a beat the super-producer created, unaware that the song would land in the hands of one of the best rappers alive. Hudson exclusively reveals the details surrounding “Forever Young” to

“That was my last day in Hawaii,” he explains. “I was about to go back to London for a couple of weeks.” Before the U.K. native departed, he and the Chi-Town MC sipped on a few drinks, and then returned to the studio. “We just did it at the last minute,” says Hudson. “It sounded massive and everyone was dancing around. Kanye knew he [did] it again.”

Once the record was complete, West sent it along to Mr. Carter. “I think [Jay-Z] played it 150 times in a day, because he rang Kanye up and said, ‘I just looked at iTunes and the count is at 150,'” Mr Hudson reveals. “And that was only 24 hours later [after he received the song]. With the good news in tow, the singer headed back to England. “I went home happy that I had made a track and Jay-Z liked it.”

While Mr Hudson has not yet had the opportunity to be in the studio alongside Jay, the rapper took a liking to the pop star’s distinct sound from afar. Hudson is featured on two other songs on The Blueprint 3, though their titles remain a mystery. “I sang on a whole lot of beats, so I don’t know which ones they’ll be using,” he admits. “It’ll be a surprise for me. I said to Kanye the other day when we were in L.A., ‘Are you sure I’m on three tracks?’ [and] he’s like, ‘Yeah, you are.'”

As of press time, Hudson has yet to hear Jay-Z’s verse on “Forever Young,” but can speak for Kanye’s production. “It’s bigger than big,” he says. “It’s big with two i’s and two g’s.”

–Georgette Cline


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