Buckwild Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Capone-N-Noreaga f/ Tragedy Khadafi “Neva Die Alone” (1997)

Buckwild: “Tragedy put a lot of that together. He was like, ‘Yo, I got my boys, I think they’re dope. But we don’t got no big budgets so you can’t kill us.’ [Laughs.] So I heard their records, and they were dope. So I did a bunch of joints with them.

“They were some funny dudes. Nore is a complete comedian. Him, Tragedy, and Capone, they’re really cool dudes. In the studio, you’ll have a lot of chicks, and a lot of things going on. Nore has to be one of the realest dudes in the industry. I’m not saying on a street level, but him and Pun are kind of like the same person. Nore doesn’t let the industry dictate who he is. If you ask him for a verse, he’ll either say, ‘I’ll be right there,’ or ‘Send it to me. I’ll do it.’ Just a real dude.

“I remember my two records were done after ‘T.O.N.Y.’ When I heard that, I actually wanted to scrap my record. Back then production was more competitive than anything else. Because you’re like, ‘Yo, I got to have that record everybody’s going to like.’

People liked my records, but after I heard ‘T.O.N.Y,’ I was just like, ‘Yo, let me submit more beats. Let me get you guys something different.’ They just kept it on the album, [The War Report], and it did well. For an album with no promotion, and a low budget to sell 400,000 copies, my man Ez Elpee and I thought that was pretty dope."

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