When MTV News caught up with rapper Eve and famed electronic dance music DJ/ producer Wol fgang Gartner, they were full of compliments for each other. The two collaborated on "Get Em," the latest single from Gartner's new album, Weekend in America, which dropped on Tuesday.
"She's a genius," gushed Gartner, who was born Joey Youngman. "The only two people on this album that I actually worked with in person were Eve and will.i.am. And I would say the same thing about both of them: that they are musical and lyrical geniuses.
"The hook that she wrote for this song, there is something that can't really be put into words about it," he continued. "I've compared it to Sugar Hill Gang before. It's just got this old-school innocent-chant catchiness to it."
When MTV News' Sway caught up with Eve, she too spoke very highly of working with Gartner.
"I think he's great," Eve said. "What's crazy is that I had just finished doing a record with him, but I had never seen him perform. So I wrote the first verse to the record and felt like I needed to see him perform to finish the record because I don't know that world. So after I saw him perform I was like, 'Whoa, that's a whole other world.' I think he's great. In his lane he does amazing work. So I'm happy to be a part of that movement."
In fact, Gartner has roped in quite a few hip-hop collaborators for Weekend, including will.i.am, Omarion and Cam'ron and Jim Jones. But observing Eve do her thing in the studio appeared to be extra-special for Gartner, who plans to shoot a video for "Get Em."
"In the studio with her, just the way that she starts throwing out ideas and the way that stuff comes to her — they were things that obviously I would never think of, but I'm not a lyricist, so my mind doesn't work that way," Gartner said. "But the way that she wrote this song over the music, it flows with the song. The words work with the rhythm. It just forms one cohesive sound.
"Whereas you hear a lot of dance rap tracks and it's like they wrote a rap and threw it over somebody else's beat, she wrote this thing to work with it and get embedded into it," he continued. "She was obviously feeling the beat. This was meant to be. These two things were meant to be together."