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Chicago producer Arch tha Boss is poised to make this year his biggest year yet if we're judging from the buzzer beater he hit at the end of 2014 when he landed a track on Nicki Minaj' s The Pinkprint .
Arch has produced a few notable records before (Driicky Graham's 'Snapbacks & Tattoos' and Nipsey Hussle's '10 Toes'), but his work on Nicki and Meek Mill' s duet 'Buy a Heart' will most likely change things.
For one, the song is particularly notable because it helped fuel rumors of a Minaj/Meek romance, a rumor that Nicki shot down during her Pinkprint promo run. Gossip aside, the thumping-yet-emotional track is a standout and perfect fit on Nicki's LP, but the instrumental changed a few hands before ending up with Ms. Minaj and could've ended up with another artist entirely.
'One of my homies, an artist from Atlanta named Reese (from Two-9), wanted that beat really bad, but I had intentions and visions of a really big artist getting on it so I was selective about who I gave that beat to,' Arch explained to MTV News. 'But I figured, what the hell, it's sitting on my laptop doin' nothing, and Reese is my n---a and I want to see him win so I let him get it to see what he could come up with.'
The track, which samples Henry Krinkle's 'Stay' and Alicia Keys' 'Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready),' went from Reese to Arch's current manager D Dot Omen . After D Dot, the beat ended up with Yung Berg, who ended up with production credit on the track under the name Hitmaka. Berg was the one who got the beat to Meek Mill around the top of 2014.
'I find out from Yung Berg, who's my good friend and associate, that he got the beat to Meek Mill and he wants to throw Macklemore on it as a feature,' Arch told us. 'I'm like, 'Hell yeah this will be a good look,' especially with the Grammys right around the corner and Macklemore up for nominations. But that track never came to, so the beat went back to just sitting.'
K. Michelle, who recently released her Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart album, had a go with the beat, but it would eventually end up with Nicki.
'Fast foward more months and it's in K. Michelle's hands. But I'm still waiting on the business end before anything is official, but nothing came from it,' he said. 'Then the track list for her album comes out and there's no mention of the track. But then there was a leak. This leak happened like the day I found out Nicki wanted it on her album so I'm like, 'What's going on? Who's getting the track,' I'm just as confused as anyone else.'
With so much uncertainty, Arch tha Boss and his beat went through a number of ups and downs, but it was all worth it. 'In the end it ended up with Nicki and we made some final revisions to the beat before they put it on the album which was literally last minute,' he said. 'It ended up being a blessing.'
Hopefully not the last.