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Black Coffee Kept Jay-Z Waiting For A Beat on '4:44'

"It freaked me out. I couldn't sleep. How do you produce a song for Jay -Z?," the South African star DJ mentioned.

South African DJ and producer Black Coffee revealed during an interview with Metro FM that he's in the process of sending a song to Rihanna, TimesLIVE reports.


The DJ told Metro FM that Riri's team approached him while he was working with Cassie. After sending them a song, he was told Riri wanted the one he was working on with Cassie.

He turned Riri's people down, and is still working on a specific song for her. "It freaks me out. They are still waiting," the DJ mentioned.

Coffee then went on to reveal that Swizz Beatz hollered at him to contribute to Jay-Z's latest album 4:44.

"Swizz reached out and said Jay is looking for one song before he concludes his album," says Coffee. "It freaked me out. I am in Milan, I couldn't sleep. He literally called me: 'I spoke to Jay. Jay wants a song.' I couldn't sleep. Then I didn't work. I couldn't. How do you produce a song for Jay -Z? He kept saying: Ýo, man. I'm waiting.' I think I failed him but subconsciously I think I wanted to. I wasn't ready."

He says he couldn't do it because he isn't the type of producer that keeps stashes of beats and plays them for artists to pick.

"I don't work like that," Coffee said. "I am like, 'let's do a song. What tempo?' I'm not one of those producer who goes to studio everyday and has a list of songs to play people."

Read the full story here.

Correction: The previous headline of this news piece read Black Coffee Turned Down Working With Jay-Z on '4:44'. We've edited it for clarity after being contacted by the artist.

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