No ID Reveals Beyoncé's "Church Girl" Beat Was Originally For JAY-Z
While interviewing with Stereogum recently, the super-producer shared a funny story of how Bey “stole” her husband’s beat.
“I was at house one day, and I had some equipment with me, and I just started making a beat,” he explained. “And he was rapping to it. It was for him. And he just put it on the computer. I never thought about it again, I literally forgot about it. And then one day, I just get a call. When you get two to three calls from people in a row, you know it’s something.”
He continued, “‘Hey, do you have this idea? Beyonce got somethin’ to it,'” he recalled Hov telling him. “And Jay jokingly tells me, ‘Man, she stole my beat. She was like, “Remember that idea in the computer that you didn’t finish?”’ And I went to see her , we talked about the record, we listened to her album.”
No ID also shared that “Church Girl” was one of the few songs on the album that Bey wanted to sound different from the other house tracks.
“When she was doing a house album, I was like, ‘Aw man, I wanna do some house,’ and she goes, ‘Nah, we got this “Church Girl” record,'” he said. “I was a house DJ before I did Hip-Hop. Actually, the first records I did were house, at like 13 years old.”
“It’s art, it’s there,” No ID added of the single. “Argue, say whatever you want, think what you want. I know people that don’t like it, I know people that love it and swear by it. Usually when music is divisive that means it’s something new. To each their own, some people like raspberry ice cream too.”