Mobb Deep “G.O.D. Pt. III” (1996)

Produced by: Mobb Deep

Prodigy: “We were on the block one night in front of Havoc’s building on 12th street and were all just drinking Lime Bacardi when it first came out. Bacardi Limon, that’s what they called it. We bought it from the liquor store and we were drinking that shit on the block like, ‘Yo, this shit is gooder than a motherfucker, we got to make a song about this shit.’ [Laughs.] So we were just freestyling on the block drunk and I came up with that chorus and niggas was like, ‘That shit sounds ill. You should use that for a song.’ So that’s how that song came about, just drunk on the block, wilding out, having fun.

“My man G.O.D Godfather from the Infamous Mobb, he was with me on the block when I was making that shit up so I threw his name in there. We call him Godfather Part III because in the projects we used to call him Trip as in Triple L. We called him Triple L because when we used to play dice, he used to always get trips. I gave him the nickname Godfather. Then we gave him the Part III because of the trips. So, we used to call him Godfather Part III. So I’m sitting there on the block freestyling and was rapping to him like, ‘G.O.D., father Part III/QBC, sip Lime Bacardi.’ That’s why we put him at the end of that video right before the beat switched to ‘Extortion.’

“We always had the idea to take something from Scarface. All the Scarface beats that you hear Mobb Deep sample, that was my idea. I was sitting in the crib one day watching the movie. I turned around to do something, not watching the screen, and I heard the music in the background and I was like, ‘Yo, we should sample that shit. I can’t believe I never thought of this idea before and I can’t believe nobody else thought of this idea before.’ I said, ‘Yo, we gotta hurry up and do this now.’ I jetted to the studio in Manhattan like, ‘Yo, sample this, hurry up.’ Havoc came and flipped the beat for me and then that was it. When everybody heard it they were like, ‘Why didn’t I think of that first?’

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