No I.D. (real name Dion Wilson), the producer behind Jay-Z’s new ‘4:44’ album, has revealed that Beyoncé played a big part in the creation process.
In an interview with New York Times, No I.D. shared that Beyoncé listened to every song and helped them “get over hurdles.”
“I always call Bey our de facto A&R,” said the producer. “Pillow talk is the strongest conversation on the planet. Every song has to get past her ears, in my eyes. She came by a lot and played a good part in helping us get over hurdles on certain records. Of course she’s genius-level with that.”
When asked if ‘Lemonade’ was ever mentioned in the studio, I.D. said that they “never directly spoke about that album.”
“Mainly because if he talks about himself, it’s going to bleed into that regardless,” he explained. “But there’s a difference in talking about it for the sake of response and for the sake of honesty and the truth. The truth needs to explain why you are the way you are, why you did what you did. We know what happened. We got it. But what were the circumstances that led to this and how do you feel about it?”
We’re not surprised by Beyoncé’s involvement — at all.