Producer: Diamond D
Album: “Soul On Ice Remix/Marinatin’” (Single)
Diamond D:“I made that beat at my house in the basement. That record right there specifically made David Axelrod reach out to me personally and tell me that up until that point that was the best way he had ever heard anyone sample his music.
He named one of his songs after me [and Dr. Dre]. It’s a song called ‘Dr. and the Diamond,’ which came out on an album he released in 2001.
“I fucked with David Axelrod. I gave him a lot of publishing checks just from sampling a lot of his music. When he told me personally that he heard the ‘Soul On Ice (Remix),’ he wished he would have thought to use the guitar riff in the same time frame that I used it, I thought that was kind of ill. I was feeling myself when I got that call from David.
“Ras Kass was familiar with my work, and he told his A&R to reach out to me. That was one of the beats I played for him, and we went in the studio and knocked it out. I hate to make it sound like it was so simple, but it kind of was. We were in New York. I already had the beat and chorus sequenced, and after he laid his hook down, I added the James Brown ‘soul!’ around his vocals. It just came together.”