Ghostface Killah f/ Raekwon and Cappadonna "Daytona 500" (1996)

Produced by: RZA

Raekwon: “I love that break beat, ‘Nautilus.’ RZA just touched it a little bit, sped it up. And that right there to me was the definition of a real MC tappin’ a beat, so I knew this was one I definitely had to make my business to come with authority on. And I don't even know my shit might've went over sixteen, like I was just doggin’ it.

“At that time, I guess we were hanging out with the Force MDs that day. These are cats that are R&B superstars that came from Staten Island. They were the only R&B group to really make an impact the way they did and they were really MCs too. But now they call themselves MDs, because now they in the melodies, so we kinda respected them for their legacy and what they did for Staten Island.

”Me and Ghost invited them to come do a track with us. So they were just chillin’ with us getting drunk, high, buggin’ out. They heard the beat, and were like, ‘Damn, y'all niggas want us on this shit?’ We were like, ‘Yeah, this one.’ So, it was an all-nighter. They were goin’ in there trying shit and we were like, ‘Again. Nah, yeah, nah, yeah.’

”Then next thing you know they came with that one, ‘All these MCs start realizing’ By that time they came with that, I think I had already written the first verse. So RZA had something to play for them like, ‘Yo, listen to this.’ Boom. And a lot of times back then I just had a lot of energy man. And that record right there, we were goin’ off.

“You know Ghost came in, and this was back then when Ghost used to get high, so we were geekin’, high. We're drunk, buggin’ out. He may have been smoking some dust before he came in, but he got it under control. You know, this is back in his wild crazy days. But, at the end of the day, he was like, ‘Nigga, that's my album, we gon’ go in on this.’”

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