Here's the Story Behind Kanye West & JAY Z's "Otis" Beat

‘Ye made it in 15-20 minutes.

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Kanye West and JAY Z released “Otis,” the second single off of their collaborative album Watch The Throne five years ago. The song and its music video have been one of Kanye’s most memorable pieces of work, and today (in celebration of the track’s fifth anniversary), Roc Nation executive Lenny Santiago took to Instagram to share how the record was made. Kanye created the track in NYC’s Mercer Hotel, and did it within 15-20 minutes. Lenny recalls:

“He was being reminded that he had to leave to catch his flight, he sort of brushed that off and was like, fuck it, let me just play y’all a piece of the song so you could see how dope it is. He then approached the MPC and Keyboard and plays it. Everyone in the room does the ugly face like when you hear some dope shit or see the sickest slam dunk at a contest. [...] 15 or 20 minutes later before he runs off to catch his flight, he creates the phenomenal track known to us as “Otis.”

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Five years ago today, the song "Otis" was released. It's one of my favorite songs, tracks and Lyrics from the classic Album, Watch The Throne by Jay Z & Kanye West. This record stands out to me cause I vividly remember the day of its inception. We were in the Mercer Hotel, NYC, where a lot of the album was made. The day or rather session for that day was coming to an end. Kanye had to catch a flight if I'm not mistaken. We were almost towards the end of the album and he was telling everyone in the room that as soon as he returns, he wanted to fuck with this Otis Redding sample idea he had. As he was being reminded that he had to leave to catch his flight, he sort of brushed that off and was like, fuck it, let me just play y'all a piece of the song so you could see how dope it is. He then approached the MPC and Keyboard and plays it. Everyone in the room does the ugly face like when you hear some dope shit or see the sickest slam dunk at a contest. Lol. He then begins to chop the sample lil by lil (But fast) and actually starts creating the track. Ye being one of my favorite producers, I'm literally hype as Fuck and in awe. I begin to snap the Canon cam like an Uzi. Lol. This is 1 of the pictures captured here of course. 15 or 20min later before he runs off to catch his flight, he creates the phenomenal track known to us as "OTIS". #Otis #WatchTheThrone #WTT #RocNation #GoodMusic #DefJam #JayZ #KanyeWest #RocafellaRecords

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