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

Jadakiss f/ Cross, Drag-On, Eve, Infa-Red, Sheek & Styles P "It's Time I See You" (2001)

Album: Kiss tha Game Goodbye

Label: Ruff Ryders, J

Just Blaze: “I was hot at the time, and Jadakiss wanted a beat from me. It was crazy because [the Ruff Ryders] had beef with Roc-A-Fella. Some of the shots on that record I think are directed at Roc-A-Fella.”

“It’s a little blurry now, but at the time there was tension between the two camps. Jay and X were obviously cool back in the day, so I don’t really know what the issue was. Oh! It was between Beans and Jadakiss. That’s what it was. I forgot about that.”

 
It was crazy because [the Ruff Ryders] had beef with Roc-A-Fella. Some of the shots on that record I think are directed at Roc-A-Fella.
 

“Obviously, that’s long squashed, but I gave them that beat right before it popped off. By the time the record was done, I had unwittingly given them the record that they were throwing shots at Roc-A-Fella on. They were subliminal though, so I don’t think anybody was paying attention that closely.”

“I was never really happy with that record when it came out. If I had that beat and that sample now, I would destroy it. Back then, I was still figuring things out. Even though it was cool, it would’ve been that much cooler if I had gotten another crack at it a year later. For that time, I thought it was hot. It was a standout record on the album, that’s for sure.”

“We’re all constantly learning, but that particular sound that I eventually became known for—the big horns, the hard drums and the vocal chops, which I eventually mastered—I couldn’t make that record along the way.”

“I gave him the Pro Tools [files] to that beat, and they mixed it without me. So I was never crazy about the mix, but at the end of the day, it is what it is. You liked it, and I know a lot of other people did as well.”

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