Diamond D Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Busta Rhymes “Bus-A-Bus (Remix)” (1999)

Producer: Diamond D

Album: Violator: The Album

Label: Violator/Def Jam

 
I played him like fifteen beats, and he turned them all down. That beat was the last one.
 

Diamond D: “Around this time, Busta had a studio in downtown Manhattan by Wall Street. It was a down low spot right under the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridge, but it was nice. I played him like fifteen beats, and he turned them all down. That beat was the last one. He was like, ‘This is the shit right here. This is the one.’ Nigga cut me a check immediately, like within a week. When you get paid within a week, that’s fast in the hip-hop industry.

“He went in and vocaled it. I came back and mixed it, and boom, that shit made the Violator album. That one of my hottest remixes to me. Because it was Busta, but also the way I was able to chop that sample up. I remember at the Source Awards, he came out and performed that remix version.”

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