Although Infamous and Drew Correa got their first major placement as a collective when their track, "Mr. Carter," appeared on Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" album last year, the Miami-based producers didn't think they'd have the same luck when they presented the rapper with their latest collaborative effort, "Prom Queen."
"Wayne hit me up one night and wanted us to come through the studio to make some tracks with him live. When the track came together the next morning everyone thought it was the sh*t and he [Wayne] told us it would be a single," 24-year old Correa tells Billboard.com about "Queen," now the first single off Wayne's rock-tinged set, "Rebirth," slated for an April 7 release. "We thought he was joking. We thought he was just saying that to be nice. But, a couple of days later we were signing paperwork and it was actually happening."
Infamous explains he was even wary about how "rock" the album would indeed be. "There were rumors Wayne was working on a rock album, but I assumed it was just 808 drums with guitars on it. But, that night when we worked on the track, he [Wayne] said he wanted lots of drums, bass and guitars," says Infamous, 28. "Drew started to add organs, and he [Wayne] said no. That's when I realized it was actually going to be a real rock album."
Now, the duo, who will have three tracks on "Rebirth," say they are nothing short of excited to be a part of Lil Wayne's cross-over album. "You gotta give him credit - he's done everything he can with hip-hop and has proven himself. Now he's about to prove himself as a rocker and we're excited to be a part of it," says Infamous.
Correa and Infamous got their start in music separately - Correa as an engineer for Lil Wayne in the early 00's and Infamous as a DJ as well as part of a now defunct group that was once singed to Columbia Records.
In 2007, they both quit their day time jobs to pursue production full time. They later met through mutual friends.
That year, Infamous worked on over a dozen tracks for Wayne which were slated to appear on "Tha Carter III," including "She's A Ryda," all of which leaked. "Ryda" eventually appeared on Wayne's digital album, "The Leak." It wasn't until Correa put in a call to Infamous, after he'd "dreamt with the hook" to what was later released as "Mr. Carter," off "Tha Carter III," that the two finally landed the major placement they were hoping for.
In the future, Infamous and Correa plan to continue working together -when the job calls for it - as well as individually. Correa is currently working with Birdman and Lupe Fiasco, while Infamous is said to be in the studio with Kid Cudi, Leona Lewis and Rihanna, among others. Together, they are scheduled to work with Kid Sister and Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes.
In addition to Infamous and Correa, producers Cool and Dre and Develop also have tracks on the forthcoming set.