Ludacris f/ Shawnna "What's Your Fantasy" (2000)
Bangladesh: "I met Ludacris around '95 or '96. I met him through a mutual friend, Lil Fate. My best friend was Lil Fate's cousin [and] Lil Fate used to rap with Chris, [who] was his best friend. I met Luda around the time he was really trying to rap for real. I used to cut hair in this barber shop [in Atlanta] that me and my aunt owned, and Chris used to come up there and get line-ups. He didn't know I wanted to do music, he just knew me as 'The Barber.'
"The only person that knew I was into music was Lil Fate. So, I saved my money up and I bought my MPC 2000 in '98 when I graduated high school. When I told [Luda] I had bought an MPC 2000, he looked at me crazy like, 'Why you do that?' I told him I wanted to make music. So the next time he came into the shop, I had beats. I just took him to my car and said, 'Yo man come listen to something right quick.'
"He came to the car and I turned it on and I played about three or four beats and he didn't say nothing, he was just bobbing, bobbing, bobbing. So when I turned the music off he was like, 'Man, what you doing with these beats?!' I know what he meant by that, so I said, 'Man, it's whatever.'
"A couple of days later, I'm at the studio and I had just made another beat. I call over to his house. I was calling for 4-IZE—Chris' friend from Chicago that raps—because I wanted him to hear this beat I just made. [Ludacris] answered the phone and he already knew I had something.
"So he's like, 'Man, what you got? What you got?' I think I asked him if 4-IZE there and he was like, 'Come over now, bring your beats.' So I went over. And probably about three or four songs on the first album was on my first beat tape. Like 'Ho' and '1st and 10,' all of them was on there.
"[That's when] 'What’s Your Fantasy' came about, [after] they knew that I’m good at making beats and I’m no longer [known as] 'The Barber.' So I take another beat tape over there. Back then, I used to put like three or four beats on one track cause I didn’t know no better.
"I'll make an intro beat that was totally different from the main beat and 'What's Your Fantasy' was an intro. It didn't have that high hat. So I put the high hat in and extended it a bit and I gave it to him. His album had enough songs but I gave him that beat and next thing I know, he was mixing.
"He had an Organized Noise beat and a Jermaine [Dupri] beat that they just gave him. But that's what [the beats] sounded like, like they just gave him beats. It wasn't really the passion that equals art to me. To make a long story short, he was gonna put out those tracks first ’cause they had a name and he's working independently so it would help him.
"Next thing I know, he put out 'What's Your Fantasy' first. I'm in the shop cutting hair and my song is like the Top 1 at 1 every day in Atlanta. After we seen it was a hit, after we heard it [on the radio] for a long time, I called him up like, 'Man you just keep playing it, huh?' [Editor's note: At the time, Ludacris worked at an Atlanta radio station then-known as Hot 97.5]
"He said, 'Man that ain't me, that's the people! This a hit—I can't keep playing my shit if it ain't a hit, man.' Probably six months after the song has been big [in Atlanta], Luda got an offer from Def Jam. So, the song was going for six months before we shot a video and then the video brought the song all over the world."