Produced by: Trackmasters
"Riding off the fame of his alter ego, 'The Madd Rapper,' plus the numerous hits he had produced for Bad Boy as 'Captain' of the legendary Hitmen squad, Deric Angelettie had been hired to work with new rapper 50 Cent, who was signed to Columbia through the Trackmasters. Deric was one of the most sought-after producers in the game and Sony/Columbia was throwing major money at him to bring some of that Bad Boy heat over to their camp. All of the other majors were jealous that Arista/RCA was making so much money from Puffy's camp and they all wanted a piece of his magic. D-Dot also wanted to see how the world outside of Bad Boy would treat him. Sony was jocking him hard. We were in the process of negotiating a multi-million-dollar deal for his label, Crazy Cat Catalog. Once Puff saw the attention D-Dot was getting, he wanted in, feeling like he was responsible for Deric's success. Puff wanted a major cut from Deric's deal. Their relationship at the time, although strong, had become a bit tense. D-Dot was pissed and also intent on showing Puff that he didn't need him, so he wanted to make hot records outside of Bad Boy.
"50 Cent was one of the first projects Sony asked Deric to work on. They needed a hit record on 50 badly. That was the first time me and everyone else had even heard of 50. Deric, as the Madd Rapper, rocked the hook. He knew that the audience would identify more with 50 if the Madd Rapper played along with hating on all the successful artists that they were 'plotting' to rob. Hot 97 played the song a lot. I thought it was great and understood the comedic value to it, a song about robbing most of the then well-known celebrities. Unfortunately, a whole slew of artists mentioned didn't find the song a bit funny including Jay-Z, Kurupt, Sticky Fingaz, Big Pun, Wyclef, and the whole of Wu-Tang. From day one, 50 made a lotta enemies. Alotta cats who knew him were also a bit salty at Deric for getting on the record.
"Still, everybody loves D-Dot, so he hadn't made enemies the way Curtis did. Nas, who was also mentioned on the song, was one of the few who appreciated the song, inviting 50 to tour with him for the album, Nastradamus. From day one though, 50 was a genius as 'How To Rob' caught everybody's attention. Being the novelty record that it was, no one had a clue 50 would go on to become one of the most successful rappers of all time. A year later, he caught nine hot ones. The rest, as they say, is history."