Travis Scott's “Drugs You Should Try It," a record that landed on his sophomore mixtape Days Before Rodeo, was almost a Big Sean record, according to the song's producer.
During a Beat Break interview with our own Andy James, the Los Angeles-based Charlie Handsome, who co-produced "Drugs You Should Try It" with FKi, shared the story behind the beat's creation and how it went from being a record on Big Sean's hard drive to track No. 4 on Travis' pre-Rodeo freebie.
“Sean was like, ‘Yo, throw this one on a hard drive, I’m going to write to it.’ I’m thinking, ‘Okay cool, it’s going to be a Big Sean record,’" explained Handsome, who also has credits to his name with Kanye West, Young Thug and Post Malone. "Then I got a phone call from Lifted [the producer who did "Mercy"] one day and he’s like, ‘Yo, go check out Travis’ mixtape, your track is on there!’ And I’m like, ‘What the fuck?’ There was no warning, no production credit, we hadn’t done splits, I hadn’t gotten any bread from it. At the time I didn’t have an attorney and I didn’t really know how to get in touch with Travis, but I loved the record."
Producers getting shafted by artists is nothing new, but Handsome, who was pleased with the end product, was particularly impressed with how Travis was able to create the record without obtaining the original session files.
“The crazy thing is, Travis never had any stems," Handsome said, adding that he used an MP3 version of the beat and "EQ’d it so that the vocals were low-passed."
Although Handsome wouldn't elaborate on any measures that were taken post-release, Scott's history of recording to beats without first dotting I's and crossing T's isn't exactly breaking news.
You can read the full Beat Break interview with Charlie Handsome, including stories about Kanye's "Fade," Post Malone's "Go Flex" and more, here.