Buckwild Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Fat Joe “Walk On By” (1998)

Buckwild: “We had a sample issue with that. We used a record and Lionel Richie said, ‘No.’ So we just ended up not using the sample and used a whole new beat. So I got with Dinky Bingham—who is Yummy Bingham’s pops—and he just replayed everything I needed him to play.

“That album, [Don Cartagena], I think it was mirrored after the Puffy thing, while Pun was a big influence lyrically. Even doing that record, it was more radio-friendly. That’s the beat that he picked. But when I heard the Primo record and ‘John Blaze,’ I was like, ‘Damn, why couldn’t I cut something like this?’ But you’re grateful for what you do and people liked the record, so I wasn’t mad at it.”

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