Here’s How Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ Became ‘Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2’ On Kanye’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’

02.17.16 10 months ago 4 Comments

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One question that listeners and media repeatedly raised following the release of Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo was, “who’s that guy who sounds almost exactly like Future?” The rapper in question turned out to be Desiigner, a Brooklyn native and recent G.O.O.D. Music signee who appeared twice on TLOP.

His first appearance ended up being the most notable, as he followed a Metro Boomin-produced song on “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2.” However, his part was not only a separate track from Young Metro’s but also a remixed version of an original he already cut called “Panda.” The song’s producer revealed himself to be a 22-year-old named Menace who originally sold the beat to Desiigner for $200.

He claims he made the beat in two hours, and elaborated on how the track ended up on Kanye’s latest LP.

Did Kanye’s camp reach out to you?

My manager was taking care of it. It was a last-minute thing—like a couple of days ago. We hadn’t really talked about it. I gave G.O.O.D. Music all the tracked outs—the individual sounds of the beat. It took two to three days. Kanye West made it his vision that he wanted it on his album.

He then broke down Yeezy’s version.

Is there anything you would’ve done differently with “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2”?

It should have been a bit longer. If they made it three or four minutes long, it’d be better. Kanye could’ve used less Auto-Tune. He’d sound much better. When he goes to the high notes, you could really hear it. But it’s dope regardless.

It sounds like Menace is happier with Kanye’s involvement in his track than Young Chop was with his, but only time will tell if the young producer becomes an integral staple to Desiigner’s – and perhaps G.O.O.D.’s – trajectory or simply another footnote in Kanye’s credits list.

(Via Genius)

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