Mac Miller released the final album of his lifetime, Swimming, in 2018 featuring a song called “Jet Fuel.” One of the track’s producers, Steve Lacy, recently told Vulture the beat was originally made during a studio session for Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. alongside DJ Dahi.
“That beat actually came from a Kendrick Lamar session,” he revealed. “Dahi and I, when we were working on DAMN., the first day I came through to work on that record, we just made beats. He’s so organized. He has all these different drum loops. He had that loop, and I did that groove, but Dot didn’t use it. Dahi just collects stuff. I guess Malcolm was working on his record and he liked the beat that became ‘Jet Fuel.’”
Despite the “Jet Fuel” beat not making it on to DAMN., Lacy still landed a credit on Kendrick’s Pulitzer Prize-winning album by co-producing “PRIDE.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Steve Lacy talked about his relationship with Mac Miller — who tragically passed away due to an accidental drug overdose in September 2018 — and how supportive he was of his music when he was still in school.
“I wasn’t around [when Mac took The Internet on tour],” he said. “I think when they were on that tour, it was kind of when I first started to come around. Mac was one of the first big people to fuck with me. He was just a rad spirit, bro. We spent a lot of time together. He wanted to make music, and he liked some of my first ideas. I was like, ‘Damn, that’s crazy!’”
He added, “I was still going to school and shit at that time. He was huge to a lot of my peers, but I didn’t say anything. There’s a song on The Lo-Fis called ‘Daze.’ I have a version with him on it. He loved my production, and he’d always send me drums and we’d work together.”
Steve Lacy is set to release his new solo album Gemini Rights on Friday (July 15) via RCA Records.