TOP 5, TOP 5, TOP 5: KEY WANE
WRITTEN BY KHISZER BUTT
Dwane Marshall Weir II; otherwise known as Key Wane, is a Producer, who is probably best known for his affiliation with Big Sean. Big Sean was a friend with Wane’s older brother. Wane would explain in various interviews that he used to load up beats on an iPod and show them to Sean. Sean told him to keep improving his equipment and sound. And, well spoiler alert; he got really good at it. One of the greatest statements that Wane has said is that it could take him ‘up to year to make a beat.’ What I take a away from this is; that Key Wane is a man who perfects his craft and puts the time in to make sure his beat is something special. Here are my top five Key Wane productions. (FYI these are the beats that I believe are his best work to me. I want to hear anyone bitching about how this sold more or this did more for the culture. This isn’t HNHH.)
- 1st Quarter Freestyle – Big Sean
I am going to start off my list with this song because this was the moment that Big Sean changed as an artist in my eyes. This was the moment when I started paying real attention to Big Sean. The beat for me isn’t even doing much; but that is why it was perfect. It had dark undertone that just allowed Sean to tell me why I was an idiot for sleeping on him. The haunting melody just gave me goose bumps and the overall dark tone was designed to a rapper like Big Sean to spazz on it.
- Amen – Meek Mill – Dreamchasers 2
I don’t know about you but I remember the time DC2 dropped. I remember being in that part of the Hip-Hop game when the big artist of the current time had begun their come up. I remember reading a YouTube comment that Meek Mill was someone I should check out (this was under Rigamortus video by Kendrick Lamar). Needles to say the hype around DC2 was something else. It was the first mixtape that I can remember that was able to “break the internet”. The reason this song is on this list is that Wane explained scraping money together to take a 17 hour journey to join Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa after arriving to the wrong location and having to go back and forth from New Jersey and New York. Just before heading back school he gave an interview in New York. The interviewer then introduced Wane to Meek, and he asked Wane to stay and work on his album. Wane had to go back to school because, you know, when you spend all that money on tuition, you might as well attend a few classes. Later that day Wane sent Amen to Meek; which became on of his biggest songs to date. Also a dude from Canada named Drake was on the record if that name interests you.
- All Me – Drake – Nothing Was The Same
Good things take time. This beat is a clear example of that. Wane explained he had the sample for the beat on his laptop for years and always attempted to chop it up and it never going according to plan. I guess one day he finally got it right and ended up going to Drake. The reason this beat is on this list is because it is a standout from Drake’s Nothing Was The Same, which at the time, felt like the beginning of the Drake’s reign at the top. What I mean by this is; since this album dropped; Drake has run rap. His albums and mixtapes prior to this had him in competing against the others of his generation but NWTS was the album that showed me Drake is on top of the rap game.
2. Partition – Beyoncé – Beyoncé
A lesson that producers should take from this is that it’s not about all the fancy VST but how you use what you have. Wane explained that he made the beat with stock sounds (sound that come with the programme to make music). He explained that he made the beat in university where he was a sophomore. The beat was sitting around for 3-4 years when he went out to Los Angeles to help Big Sean on Hall of Fame when his friend Ricky Anderson asked to come to his crib. He went to Ricky Anderson’s house and played him his Beyoncé folder and the beat for Partition ended up on the Beyoncé album.
Tourist – DJ Khaled feat. Travis Scott
Déjà vu – Twenty88
IDFWU – Big Sean
Jump Out The Window – Big Sean
- Play No Games – Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Why ‘Play No Games’ you ask? The main reason why I put this song as number 1 on my list is that Wane did exactly what a sample was supposed to do. It made me want to discover where the sample came from originally and now has made a fall in love with the original song. The original song is ‘Guy – Piece of My Love.’ The addition of Ty Dolla Sign and Chris Brown did wonders for the song as well. Also, the video. Don’t get me stated on the video. I think I went back and watched the whole first season of Martin again just because of the video. Overall, this is my favourite beat by Key Wane because it just puts me in a trance. When I listen to the beat I can just see how someone can take one song and give it a complete different vibe. That for me is a mark of a great producer who is in control of his craft.