Raekwon f/ Lyfe Jennings "Catalina" (2009)

Produced by: Dr. Dre

Raekwon: “I think Dre had called the beat ‘Congo.’ He was playing a couple beats, and actually it was two beats I liked that he was playing. And, I could just see his vibe, ‘cause you know Dre gotta wall full of speakers. He takes his beat thing serious. This is me in his studio in L.A., sitting down with him and going through some things.

”When he played the ‘Congo’ beat I was like, ‘Damn, this shit is crazy.’ And, I'm just looking at him from the side and just seeing how he's loving it, but he's probably just saying to himself, ‘Damn, I wish someone could see what I see on this beat.’ Because it's totally different from his selection of beats. But it was big and the way it was sounding in the studio I was like, ‘Damn. Yeah, this one.’ I really wanted him to make something particularly carved out for me, but I guess sometimes producers may do about six or seven beats a week and throw out what they feel they like.

“I think I aired it out right there. Real quick, impressed him. Yeah, one of my fifteen-minute specials. But, the rhyme that's on there now isn't the rhyme that I said. Because one thing, when I get in the studio I may try three or four rhymes. So, I had other rhymes to this too. I was saying all kinds of other shit. ‘The Don Corleone...’ Just some other shit, but I wound up switching it later on.

”I was rhyming on it, he was feelin’ my flow like, ‘Yo, you got one of the coldest flows in the game. You can get on anything.’ I'm like, ‘Word, you like this shit?’ He's like, ‘I love that shit. Matter fact, you need the room? You can have the room for the whole month.’ I'm like, ‘Damn, I'm just comin’ to hang out with you for the day. And you telling me I could get a room.’ This Dr. Dre, hold up. This nigga gave me a room? I'm like, ‘Yeah I'll be back tomorrow then.’ So I just kept playing with the beat and that one stuck in my head.

“It was another track that stuck in my head too that was real serious that I was saying, ‘You know what, I'm a use this one a little later on.’ I made another record with Dre. Crazy. When I tell you crazy. I didn't use it because I already had two Dre tracks. It's something that I got in the vault. When I'm ready to release it, I'm a release it and the Doc is gonna give me give me his blessings to put it out.

“Between those three beats I definitely like ‘Catalina.’ I called it ‘Catalina’ because it just reminded me of being on a Yacht with a bunch of fucking Casablanca niggas having caviar sandwiches and fish. You know, the beat was just making me think of being on a night cruise or something and I was like, ‘Yo, if I'm on a yacht, then the name of this boat needs to be called ‘Catalina.’’”

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