The legendary Just Blaze is giving the world an inside look at what it’s like to be a top-teir hip hop producer by releasing some unsued instrumentals that never made it on to any official release. Moleskin Conclusion and Miracle were recorded for Jay Electronica and Jay Z respectively but for one reason or another, both tracks never quite panned out. From Just Blaze’s soundcloud (regarding Miracle):
Jay asked me to hold this for him and Jeezy. Ross did something with it. Chris Brown wanted it badly but couldn’t find the right vocal flow for it once we got in studio. Canei wanted to pass it to Cole, but it was held up by someone else who actually cut me a check for it. Then it ended up just sitting, and I was weird about playing it for folks. Everyone who heard it thought it was amazing but couldn’t come up with a song to it lol. Understandable though. There’s a LOT going on. S/o to Canei on the godly piano riffs that are different each time throughout the entire track. Man..
Just Blaze even went so far as to post on twitter about his dismay in searching for the right vocalist for the track:
I want to put out “Miracle” but I’m afraid of struggle raps on it.
— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) February 23, 2015
And listening to the track, it’s easy to see why JB would be so particular– the instrumental is musical brilliance. The constant moving piano, the theatrical, orchestral arrangement, those masterful rhythms… it’s easy to understand why this track would
warrant need a very special, high caliber vocal performance to do the underlying music justice (and for some reason I’m thinking M.F. Doom).
Regarding Moleskin Conclusion, it’s hard to say why the track may not have been picked up but for whatever reason, it’s out there:
This was supposed to be the conclusion to “Dear Moleskine”.. recorded some time back in London. Oh well.. Write your own tale of depression and eventual redemption! Best of luck!
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