Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Waka Flocka: Which Lex Luger Beats Is The Best?


By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Cristopher Schafer and Samuel Rogers

Today MTV News spoke with producer Lex Luger who’s behind Rick Ross’ “B.M.F,” Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “H.A.M.” and Waka Flocka’s “Hard In Da Paint” as well as Fabolous’ “Lights Out.” The 19-year-old broke down a few of his hits for our “Mixtape Daily.”

Rick Ross’ “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)”: “To take something that a lot of people thought was nothing and to turn it into another dimension of sound was crazy to me,” Luger said. “The reaction from people that I saw was crazy to me. That’s when I really knew this is what I wanted to do.”

Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard In Da Paint”: Luger said he was in Atlanta the first time he heard it. “I don’t listen to the radio or go out that much; I just work,” he explained. “When I got to Atlanta, I think I was on the way back from the airport and my boy turned on the radio. My boy was like, ’Yeah, this is it.’ I said, ’Turn it up,’ and it felt crazy.”

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “H.A.M.”: ” ’H.A.M.’ really came about in New York City. Me and Kanye, we had did ’See Me Now.’ I played him a lot of beats, but he liked the ones that I didn’t expect him to like. I left, like, eight beats with him; he called me, like, two weeks later and he said he wanted, for sure, two. That was one of the ones. … I sent him the track out. He did what he did to it, still I didn’t hear the song. I couldn’t hear it until everyone else heard it. Working with Kanye was crazy. I can’t really explain it. He’s a perfectionist. He has to have everything perfect and out the ordinary, 10 times greater than everything. He’s a crazy guy, but he’s fire.”

Our question to you: What is Lex’s best beat to-date? Vote below, tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!