Knowledge Drop: Kanye West Didn’t Actually Produce Cam’ron’s “Down And Out”

Published At: 08 December 2019 , 04:37 PM

"Everybody would meet me at the party and say, 'I love this beat,' and I would say, 'Hey, thanks.'"

Today regards the 15th anniversary of Cam' ron's fourth studio album, Purple Haze. The highest-charting hit from the album, "Down and Out," originally credited Kanye West as the sole generator. As the Chicago resident later reported, however, Brian "All Day" Miller produced the beat.

Kanye revealed to not creating the "Down and Out" beat on an obscure 2006 mixtape, Welcome to Kanye's Soul Mix Show, which his new tour D.J. A-Trak produced only for Japan release.

"This is one of my favorite beats that I did not do," Kanye stated over the William Bell sample used on the song. "Brian 'All Day' Miller did this beat. And he was supposed to get co-producing credit on it, and they are not giving him credit on the album. It only had my name, and everybody would come up to me at the party and say, 'I love this beat,' and I would say, 'Hey, thanks.' I' ma stop right now mistreating my producers."

The G.O.O.D. Music author added that Miller "snapped" with the way he chopped up the sample of Bell's "Strung Out" for the chorus. It's unclear whether Kanye added his touch to the instrumental after receiving it. However, Miller would eventually earn his proper credit for his work—he now listed as a co-producer for "Down and Out" on streaming services.

Miller resumes to work with Kanye to this day, adding to the production on two Jesus is King tracks: "Closed on Sunday" and "Jesus is Lord."

Whether or not Kanye contributed anything to the beat, he does speak on the "Down and Out" intro. He also gives the chorus with Syleena Johnson (in parentheses).

In addition to "Down and Out," Kanye is credited for creating the Purple Haze track, "Dip-Set Forever." Cam and Kanye would continue to cooperate over the next several years, with the Dipset leader providing memorable verses to Kanye's Late Registration closer, "Gone," and the G.O.O.D. Fridays track, "Christmas in Harlem."

The album itself was not a financial success, particularly in comparison to Cam's previous effort, Come Home With Me.

Due to tensions between his Roc-A-Fella name bosses JAY-Z and Dame Dash, Purple Haze sustained little to no advertising. As a result, the album debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 with 123,000 copies sold in its opening week, while Come Home With Me started the chart at No. 2 with first-week selling of 226,000 copies.

Despite the lackluster sales, Purple Haze persists a critical and fan favorite in Cam' ron's catalog. More than five years after first announcing the sequel, he is purportedly losing Purple Haze 2 later this month and touring behind the project.