Sitting down with Genius for their Deconstructed series, the producer explains how he worked with JW Lucas to take an old three year old beat he had laying around and turn it into a hit.
Focusing on the percussion, he says, "That's what a lot of producers don't understand, they keep their percussion under the drums and the sounds, when your percussion needs to be on top of everything. Just go back in history. From Arabians to Africans, when they did their music, all you heard was the percussion. That's what moved the music."
Asked about Uzi's irresistible hook, TM88 confirms that Uzi was speaking about money, explaining, "Everybody else says it makes them feel like their friends are dead, but I know the concept. At first, I was like, this nigga crazy." Laughing, he adds, "But then, they were like, nah, bro, I think he's talking about dead presidents."
Admitting that he believes Uzi turned a normal beat into something special, TM88 finishes by saying, "I just figured it was a regular beat. Uzi made it epic."