Desiigner Bought The “Panda” Beat From British Producer For $200
For all the aspiring rappers buying beats online, that process could end up being a wise investment one day. Look at Brooklyn’s Desiigner. His breakout record “Panda” is a Top 40 hit, and it earned him a deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music. That success is the result of Desiigner only paying $200 for the track.
The producer of “Panda” connected with Genius to discuss how his work ended up with Desiigner. Manchester beat maker Adnan “Menace” Khan sold the beat to the rising rhymer in 2014, but his original intent was for it the final version to have a different sound.
“When I posted on YouTube, I wrote: “Meek Mill—Ace Hood Type Beat.” So it came out totally different than [I thought],” said Menace.
The 22-year-old then discovered his beat would be used as part of Kanye West’s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2” off The Life Of Pablo album. While Atlanta hit maker Metro Boomin’s famous tag appears on the cut, Menace ensures he has been given his proper due.
“A lot of people were saying, ‘Why is Metro Boomin credited on your beat?’ It splits,” explains Menace.” Metro Boomin does “Pt. 1” – his track finished at the beginning of my track and slowly drifts into mine, so it blends. I’m credited.”
Menace wished “Father” was closer to 3 or 4 minutes and he would have liked to have seen Kanye use less Auto-Tune, but he still called the finished producer “dope.” The producer-on-the-rise is planning to do more tracks with Desiigner in the future.
He adds, “I’d love to work with him again. How Metro is to Future, London is to Young Thug, and Menace is to Desiigner.”