Fabolous and Jadakiss' newly-released collaborative albummixtape, Friday on Elm Street, features production work by Swizz Beatz, C-Sick, Sean C & LV, Adrian Younge and more, but according to Fab, the pair originally planned on only enlisting "big-name" producers.
"We had a different direction when we first started," Fabolous explained on Ebro In The Morning. "We were trying to get big-name producers, just like eye candy, you know what I mean? Like, 'Fab, Jada, produced by Just Blaze. Fab, Jada, produced by Swizz Beatz.' You know what I mean? We wanted that aspect but it was moving a little slow and everybody wasn't on the same page. We did have to go on tour and stuff like that and then when we came back to it, we had to let the music dictate what it was. It wasn't names."
Fab and Jada did manage to land Swizz Beatz, who produced and is featured on "Theme Music," but their inability to lock down additional big names is likely the result of a limited production budget. Big-name producers cost big bucks and aside from calling in a few favors, it's hard to believe Def Jam, a label in the middle of an upper-management transition heading into the new year, would be willing to pony up that kind of cash for a release that saw a truncated rollout the week of Thanksgiving.
Later in the interview, Fabolous also revealed that the reason the tape is entitled Friday on Elm Street—not Freddy vs. Jason—is because they couldn't get the naming rights.