Just Blaze Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

DMX “I’ma Bang” (2001)

Album: The Great Depression

Label: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam

Just Blaze: “Folayan Knight, who used to A&R at Def Jam, was X’s A&R. She was like, ‘X is looking for beats!’ So, one day I gave her that beat. She was like, ‘X loves it. He wants to do it.’ I think he was working upstate in Albany at the time, so we hopped on a plane and went upstate really quick.”

 
DMX handed me a blunt, and I’m like, ‘I don’t smoke.’ He said, ‘DRINK?!’ I was like, ‘No.’ He said, ‘What’s wrong with you producers?!’
 

“I walk in, and he’s got liquor in one hand and weed in the other. He handed me a blunt, and I’m like, ‘I don’t smoke.’ He said, ‘DRINK?!’ I was like, ‘No.’ He said, ‘What’s wrong with you producers?!’ I was like, ‘Nothing. Why does there have to be something wrong with me? Because I don’t smoke or drink?’ He was like, ‘Ah, I don’t know about you,’ but then he started laughing.”

“The original name of that song was ‘Just Blaze.’ The hook was, ‘Let it just blaze, let it just blaze! Let it just, let it just, let it just...’ but I was like, ‘Dude.’ Then, he killed the ‘I’m a Bang’ hook. He was mad cool. I’d only met him that one day, and I never saw him again or after. That was the only time we ever met.”

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