Diamond D Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Too $hort f/ Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri “Here We Go (J.D. Remix)” (1999)

Producer: Diamond D

Album: Can’t Stay Away

Label: Jive

Diamond D: “Too Short reached out to me through G Music, who had a rim shop with Erick Sermon on Peachtree in Atlanta. G Music hit me up, and Short flew me down to Atlanta. I played him some joints, and he picked that, and we tracked it out in a studio in his house. Shorty B was there, who was one of Too Short’s earlier producers. It was a cool vibe, just hanging out, getting smoked out, playing pool, talking shit. I had a lot of fun with Short. He’s a good dude.

 
Jermaine Dupri didn’t have anything to do with the production of the song or the remix. On the original version, he wasn’t on the hook. So when he got on the hook, they called it the remix.
 

“Who don’t know Too Short? He reached out to Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri. Jay was on fire even back then in ‘98, ‘99. Jay had a big album at the time, and Jermaine has always been a consistent hot producer, so I was kind of amped up [to have them both on the song]. And to have Too Short on the track too, that’s big. I wasn’t there when they recorded it. Next time I heard it, it was damn near done.

“Jermaine Dupri didn’t have anything to do with the production of the song or the remix. On the original version, he wasn’t on the hook. So when he got on the hook, they called it the remix. I met Jay-Z twice. Once at some studio in Manhattan, either Soundtrack or Battery I think, and once coming into D&D Studios. But I don’t have a relationship with him.”

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