Update, April 26: Menace’s beat is currently #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Since its appearance on The Life of Pablo, Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ has become the breakout hit of the year – you could say the Brooklyn newcomer got a pretty good deal for $200.
When Rochdale-based beatmaker Adnan Khan, aka Menace, posted a beat on YouTube in 2014, he had no idea it would wind up on Kanye West’s latest opus, The Life Of Pablo.
Brooklyn rapper Desiigner later bought the beat for $200 and, having since signed to G.O.O.D Music, put the 22-year-old’s beat on Kanye’s radar, via his track ‘Panda’. The next thing he knew, the track was featured on Pablo’s ‘Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2’.
“I didn’t know the instrumental would be placed on the album until the last minute,” he told FACT via email. “Kanye wanted to help his new signee Desiigner by putting him on the album and was also loving the production to it too. I was shocked that it made it to Kanye’s album and felt that this was the big break I was waiting for.”
“When I’m not making music I work in a mobile repair centre in Rochdale and wish one day that I can do music full-time,” he added.
“Personally I think Kanye West is a great artist – he’s got a good vision of how a record should be produced. I’m looking forward working with him again.”