Slick Rick f/ Raekwon "Frozen" (1999)

Produced by: Thomas Rusiak and James “Bimmy” Antney

Raekwon: “That beat was crack right there. Word, I think Rick let me pick that beat, too. This is definitely one of my idols so you know I'm a little nervous. I'm like, ‘Damn, I'm about to do a joint with one of my favorites!’ So, I'm in the studio in the city reminiscing like I'm a little kid again.

”I think he played a couple of beats and he's like, ‘Yo, which one you think?’ I'm like, Yo, this nigga giving me the opportunity to pick the beat? So I'm like, ‘I like that one a little bit better.’ He had all kinds of beats. He had Tarzan-sounding kinda beats where he was just doing his voices.

”I'm really in there studying this cat like I wanna see how he does this shit. And it was kinda like to me paying homage to one of my idols real quick. And we just went in there and we decided to go back and forth, ‘cause I like shit like that.

“When you doing shit with artists that you fuck with, you tend to try to do something different. So we basically were just rhyming, and I was more or less being a fan in the mix of doing what he wanted me to do. To be able to sit there and watch Slick Rick work, it was more of just an experience for me.

“He was like, ‘Yo, just do eight real quick, and then I'm a come back and do eight, then you come back.’ I'm like, ‘Word, that's how you want it? Aight, let's do it like that.’ So I had to make sure there was a certain bar that I had to stop at and then he was gonna come in and do his thing.

”I was just groupie'd out right then and there. I'm not even gonna front. I'm like, ‘Yo, I'm with my nigga.’ So while I'm focused on the song I'm thinkin’ about, ‘Damn, I went to Union Square and heard ‘Mona Lisa.’’ What was going on then. It was a fun time.

”That record allowed me and Rick to become real good friends. Still to this day me and Rick still keep in touch. That's my dude. Just recently he had a birthday party and they called me and I came out and brought the cake to him. Good brother.”

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