André 300 reportedly charged Kesha an exorbitant amount of money for his verse on “Sleazy,” Bangladesh has said, and added the Outkast member initially gave the pop singer the runaround.
Bangladesh spoke about the 2010 track in an interview with B High ATL, and said André was unsure about doing the record even after he got paid, and the song’s producer, Dr. Luke, at one point even considered taking him off the remix because he didn’t understand his verse.
“Ain’t too many n-ggas can say they got a 3000 verse on their beat,” Bangladesh said. “He just a discreet n-gga, exclusive ass n-gga, but man 3000 one of my favorite rappers. Outkast alone my favorite group of all time, Fugees, Outkast, shit like that. And for it to be a white girl that got Bangladesh and André 3000 on her shit? That was dope.”
He continued, “I was locked in with Dr. Luke…Dr. Luke took a liking to me, fucked with me, think I’m brilliant. Gave me the opportunity, cause Kesha requested me. I went out there, I made the beat right in front of them. I made the beat right in the studio…and they got 3000 on it. She wanted 3000, she wanted Bangladesh and it came about.”
He went on to say that Luke ended up paying André his requested $100,000 but was unhappy with the final product.
“Dr. Luke told me a story about the process of getting 3 stacks on the beat. N-gga charged him a football field, that n-gga charged him $100,000 for the verse, but still didn’t know if he wanted to do it,” Bangladesh said. “So it ain’t even about money. He just wanna know if he could say something that’s real to him on this type of shit. So he just kept giving him the runaround…then he sent it to him last minute.”
He continued, “Dr. Luke told me, ‘Man I was gonna take it off cause it was like, ‘what is he talking about?’ I’m not feeling it like what is he talking about?’ I’m looking at this n-gga like, what did you just say? Like what did you just say? It’s probably a cultural gap and he might not understand what he’s talking about cause he’s saying something real on such a commercial record. You have to really be from that to know what he saying and appreciate what he doing. But to say you’re gonna take him off of it after you gave him $100,000. I would never take 3000 off of anything.”
“Sleazy” appeared on Kesha’s 2010 project Cannibal, with the remix also featuring appearances from Wiz Khalifa, T.I. and Lil Wayne. “Sleazy” broke into the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week at No. 51, moving 63,000 copies before later peaking at No. 37. The track has since been certified gold.
Bangladesh’s comments come as he’s been making the rounds to remind folks about his legendary catalog. The “Milli” producer recently threw himself into the Hit-Boy versus Hitmaka debate and criticized the pair’s purported reliance on sampling.
“Sampling is cool, but it’s not as impressive as creating your own beats from scratch,” the “A Milli” producer said. “Sampling is cheat codes. I ain’t talking about crate-digging sampling. I’m talking about sampling shit that was just out 10 to five years ago, or even just like obvious samples that was already a hit. Of course it was gonna be a hit again.”
He continued: “I wanna create shit from scratch that becomes a hit. And I get it, sampling is easier on the consumers’ ears. It’s familiar to them, so it’s easier. It’s like the music business, I get it. I didn’t get in it for that; I got into it to change the game. I’d wanna be sampled one day. I can’t be sampled sampling, so it’s not as impressive to me.”