Jessica Gomes, who was recently revealed to be the "Maybach Music" lady, has now spoken to Global Grind about how it came together. Turns out they recorded her voice spontaneously, she is not actually friends with Rick Ross, and she isn't getting paid for the drop. Read what she said below.
When did you do it?
I did it back in 2007, 2008. I think it was 2008, though.
The first time people heard it was on “Maybach Music” with Jay-Z.
Right, Jay-Z and Rick Ross. It was at the beginning of the track. It was another girl talking and then she says, 'What is this?’ and I say 'It’s Maybach music' and then we both say 'I like this Maybach music.' And we both go 'Sweet.'
How did that come about?
We were just hanging out with friends in the studio and then it just happened. We got behind the mic, started talking and that was it, really. They decided to put it in their song and nothing came about.
So how does one find herself in Rick Ross’ studio?
(Laughs). Well, we were just all friends. I was friends of friends with Jay. We were all hanging out and they were just like, 'Wow, we love your accent. We love your voice. Why don’t you say something and we’ll record it.' That was seriously it.
Who else was in the studio?
Just a group of friends. A friend of Jay’s and then I was a friend of Jay’s friend. I don’t know Rick Ross. We’re not friends. I know of Jay. I’ve shot his Rocawear campaign before. But we’re not down friends, at all. We’re just acquaintances.
Did you get to see them record?
Yeah, they were recording the song and then they thought it would be cool to add that. It was a spontaneous thing. I didn’t hear the song for a long time after. Obviously now it’s turned into a really big hit. I haven’t heard any of the other songs that have it on there. I only really heard the original.
Just to clear things up, have you met Ross?
Just that night.
So you’ve never had a conversation after that?
No. Not at all. I haven’t had a conversation with any of them about it.