The Game: “I heard it and the first thing I thought was, ‘I’m a b-l-double-o-d.’ I wrote it for Nate Dogg to be in those spots. When I asked him to get on it he was like, ‘Fo sho’ and he came in and did that shit. I wrote the hook too. Nate Dogg just came in and I told him what to do.”
Focus: “At the time I was signed to Aftermath. I was signed right after 2001.
So I was working in the B room of Can-Am Studios, and Dre was working in the A room, and Game was there. I just started working on a track that I knew that Dre liked, and Game had laid a verse on it, and Dre was just like, ‘Yo, we’re just going to run with that.’ Dre got [Nate Dogg]. Dre just called him and told him he wanted one of those West Coast hooks, and Nate Dogg is the legend of that. Originally the song was Dre, Game, and Nate Dogg on the record. Dre was supposed to stay on the record. The version with Dre is floating around on the Internet, but that was the first time Dre was heard from since 2001.”
Angelo Sanders (A&R for Aftermath): “Focus, that’s my guy from back in the day. He had given us several records for the album and that was one that wasn’t gonna go on the record, but I was like, ‘Man, we need this—this is one of those L.A. records that you can’t neglect.’ Because we were trying to break molds with Game. We weren’t trying to come with that typical West Coast from the Dre camp. We wanted some electrifying new sound to break a new generation. Game had built his name from the mixtapes where he did different sounds and shit. But at the same time, you’re from Compton. So on all his albums, it’s like no matter how big and how far away you get, I always remind him to do something that reminds him of his core. You always gotta do something for your core. And with Focus that was one of those West coast feelings like we need that for the record. If we gonna have Just Blaze and the Kanye and all this we gotta have ‘Where I’m From.’”