The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League are more than just your regular producers. This Tampa, Florida, trio compose art on the beat. This is why everyone from Lil Wayne and Drake to Rick Ross, who basically came up with them through the “Maybach Music” series, have used their talents over the years. Rook, Colione and Barto are set on continuing to make an impact, further perfecting their sound and to stand out whenever you hear the female whisper their name on the track.
While in Atlanta, I had the opportunity to speak to one third of the League, their spokesman of sorts, Rook Beats. We discussed the origins of their name, the story behind Nas’ “No Introduction,” the evolution of the “Maybach Music” series, original sample on that beat, leaks and the chances of us getting a J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League album (he says they have plenty of material laying around).
How the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League name and acronym came about (0:10)
Getting the “No Introduction” beat to Nas (0:46)
If there was always a plan for Rick Ross to do more than one “Maybach Music” records and have them produced ‘em all (2:10)
The original sample they couldn’t get cleared for “Maybach Music” (3:15)
Who else wanted the beat? (3:28)
How the leaks have affected them over the years (3:45)
The chances of getting a J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League album (4:39)