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The Making Of Drake’s “Blue Tint” With Supah Mario

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“I ain’t gon’ lie, halfway through the beat I already knew I had one.”

Despite not being promoted as a single from Drake’s most recent album Scorpion, “Blue Tint” still reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song features an uncredited appearance from Drake’s frequent collaborator Future and production by Supah Mario, who previously worked with the OVO rapper on his More Life track “Ice Melts.” According to the South Carolina producer, the beat is built around several guitar samples.

“I guess I was heavily influenced by the guitar because it hit home for me. Everything sounded like something I’d already heard before,” Supah Mario tells Genius. “The first impression that I got just from hearing the guitars alone is that it was definitely gonna be a more southern Memphis vibe, more Mississippi vibe. Or even where I’m from, South Carolina, where this is the prominent sound.”

Another important aspect of the beat is the 808, which Supah Mario tweaked to fit with the bassline. “After I did the synth bass, I still kind of wanted to add an 808 element to it,” he recalls. “The problem was trying to figure out how to have an 808 sit on top of a synth bass and not clash and mess up the frequencies. What I did was I reversed the polarity on the 808 so it set under the synth bass.”

Supah Mario also explains why he keeps his hi-hat patterns simple. “One of the questions I get asked most by some of these young producers is, ‘Why don’t you go crazy on the hi-hats? Why don’t you speed up your hi-hats and stuff all the time?’” he says. “And I’m like, ‘Dude, that’s not always necessary to make a dope beat. You can really have a beat just riding if you leave it pretty simple.’”

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