Ski Beatz also says that Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. were competitive in the studio.

Marking the 15th anniversary of the passing of The Notorious B.I.G., Ski Beatz recently reflected on his time with the slain rapper and revealed that they were set to hit the studio upon his return from Los Angeles, California. During an interview with CopThat.TV, the producer said that Big heard the beat for Camp Lo’s “Luchini (This is It)” and encouraged Ski to pass him beats of that quality.

“Right before Biggie went to L.A., he was in front of D&D Studios in a Range Rover with his partner. He was like, ‘Ski, come here come here!’ He said, ‘You did that “Luchini” record for Camp Lo?’ I said yeah. He was like, ‘Ugh. Why you ain’t give me no beats like that? When I come back, make me some beats.’”

He recalled working with Jay-Z at D&D Studios and how Big tended to drop by. While they were all in the studio, Jay and Big would play beats for one another as competition.

“Big was always in the studio at D&D, because him and jay… Jay would say ‘Go play him “Streets is Watching” beat.’ First Big would come to the studio and say, ‘Jay, check this out!’ He’d look at Jay’s face and start laughing. And tjen I’ll make something and Jay would say, ‘Go play that for Big.’ I’d play him ‘Streets is Watching.’ They had a friendly competition. It was fun hanging out with both of them.”

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UPDATE: The rapper-producer combo taps tabi Bonney, Locksmith, Ab-Soul, O.C. and Dee-1 for the project.

Murs previously teamed up with 9th Wonder for several full-length LPs, and now, he’s joining forces with producer Ski Beatz for a studio release. The duo recently teamed up on the East Coast for a few weeks to record Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation, set for release this fall via Dame Dash’s DD172/BLUROC labels.

In conjunction with the album’s release, the West Coast rapper will hit the road on a sixty-date tour alongside Tabi Bonney, McKenzie Eddy, Sean O’Connell and Dash.

Head over to Murs’ Tumblr page to see more pictures from their studio sessions.

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UPDATE: Murs and Ski Beatz have revealed the cover art and tracklist for their upcoming collaborative LP, dropping October 11th.

01 Epic Salutations
02 Remember 2 Forget
03 67 Cutlass
04 Eazy-E
05 Hip Hop and Love f. tabi Bonney
06 International
07 S-k-i-b-e-a-t-z f. Locksmith
08 Westside Love
09 Life and Time f. AB-Soul & O.C
10 Reach Hire
11 Dream on feat. Dee-1
12 316 Ways
13 Animal Style

Here we have the Dave Barnett created artwork for 24 Hour Karate School II which is expected to drop August 9th.

1. Metabolic (ft. Locksmith)
2. Moonwalking (ft. STS)
3. Looking For Me (ft. L.E.P Bogus Boys & Terri Walker)
4. Majesty (ft. Cassidy)
5. Illegal (ft. Freddie Gibbs)
6. Amnesia (ft. Nicole Wray & Stat Quo)
7. Larry Bird (ft. Stalley)
8. High Score (ft. Da$h)
9. Frontin’ (ft. Tabi Bonney)
10. Cotton Candy (ft. Mikey Rocks)
11. This World (ft. Najee)
12. You Already Know (ft. Stat Quo & GLC)