Buckwild: “The relationship first sparked with me doing like nine songs for Smitty. He played the songs I did for him for Angelo Sanders, who was Game’s A&R. And they liked the records, so they wanted to hear some beats. I sent them some beats and Game wrote the idea of the record on the road.
"While he was out here, he said, ‘Yo, we’re going to try and cut your record.’ I said, ‘Dude, you can call me at four o’clock in the afternoon, I’m coming down there.’ But they go, ‘We’re here recording with Just, if you can come down around eight it’ll be cool.’
“But the session got pushed back from eight o’clock, to ten o’clock, to 12 o’clock, to one o’clock. So I got there at like two, we cut the record, but then we got stuck on the chorus. Then they took it back to L.A., so Dre can hear it. Next thing I know, they send me a rough with Busta on the chorus. So I sent back the Pro Tools, additional instruments I added, and Dre decided to mix the record himself.
“At one of my old studios, I actually kept a picture of the XXL cover with Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent on the wall, just as inspiration. Because I remember reading Dre saying, ‘We do make wack records, but you just don’t hear them. Because we’re not going to let them out.’ And I always believed in that.
"When I heard Dre wanted to mix my record, I figured he liked them. Because I remember Mel-Man telling me, ‘Yo, Dre was bumping your Fat Joe records. And he just bumped the ‘So Hard’ record by WC like six times.’ So I just felt really honored.”