Khaled was the first to get in the studio with Remy when she was released on August 1, and wasted no time trying to recruit her, he told The Breakfast Club. "Obviously, the [first] thing I was talking about is like 'Yo, I want you to be on We The Best... Absolutely. I'm not hiding it. It ain't no secret. I’m on my job to try to sign her."
He was a little wary of what mindframe she'd be in, he said. "You know how it is when people get locked up, it takes time," he noted, but not with Rem. When they recorded "They Don't Love You No More (Remix)," he knew she's "got it."
"I can tell she's definitely not holding back... she's focused."
Timing's played a part in other major collabs for Khaled, too. Drake, he said, is a perfectionist, "the type of person that it would have to be the right time," and Jay Z, who's on the original "They Don't Love You Know More," took about as long as Rem was locked up to lay vocals with Khaled.
"It took me five years to get Hov, but with Hov I just kept telling him I wanna do something. He ain't never tell me 'no.' He ain't never tell me 'yes.' But he at one point was like 'Yo, when we get the right record and the right time, we'll do it,'" Khaled recalled.
"With this record," he said, "I promised myself that within the first three seconds you are going to know it's a smash. Chris Brown just came home [from jail] so I got him right when he came home... He loved it and he knocked out the verse in five minutes."
I Changed a Lot is set to drop before the end of the year.
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