During an interview on R.O.A.D. PODCAST, Bay Area DJ, DJ Franzen revealed in 2011, he picked the T-Minus produced beat for Drake‘s “The Motto” after being asked to use his studio to record a verse for Rick Ross which ended up being “Diced Pineapples.” “I picked the beat out for him”, Franzen says. He details the story and later says, “I shit you not, man, he recorded that song in one take. That song is in one take.”
DJ Franzen even got a shoutout on the song— “Me, Franny, Mally Mal at the cribo“.
During a 2017 interview with Genius, T-Minus revealed he produced the song in 30-45 minutes. “It was nearing the end of Take Care, the making of the album. When Drake had contacted me he said he wanted something up-tempo and something simple. So it was a really last minute process. And I put together something really simple. It took me maybe like 30-45 minutes to make the beat. Sent it to him. He ended up writing the record, recording it. The day after, he said the song was already done.” – T-Minus says.
Watch and listen to The Motto video below.