Ayatollah got his first big break when Mos Def used his beat for the first single of ’99 “Black on both sides” album, a song named “Ms. Fat Booty“. The east coast producers beats were in high demand in the early 2000’s following is work with Mos. He ended up doing work with Ghostface Killah, Guru, Talib Kweli, Cormega, Styles P and Pharoahe Monch on the marvelous “My life“, and countless others NY lyricist.
We meet Ayatollah in Portland, Oregon at “Future Shock”, to randomly pick up some records and create a beat on the spot. Using a big chunk of a “Roy Ayers” song, he simply but efficiently chop a loop, add some homemade scratch and a couple of little samples from the “Where Did You Go” track by The J’s and “Yes It’s You” by Sweet Charles to complete the task. Check it out!