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

Busta Rhymes “Street Shit” (2000)

Album: Anarchy

Label: Flipmode Records/Elektra

Just Blaze: “I made that when I went to go meet Busta for the first time. I was hot at the time, so he reached out. We ended up forming a really good relationship. He showed a lot of love.

“He called me and was like, ‘Yo, want to help me?’ So I went to Baseline and made two beats, that was the second one. He had already sold Jay Dee a mix, but he wanted mine to be the one that Jay Dee mixed.

“Busta was dead set on having Jay-Z and DMX on the same song. Originally, he was going to leave Jay on “Street Shit” and have DMX on “While We Die,” but he really wanted to have them both on the same record. X had already recorded vocals on the other song, but he was stuck somewhere in Arizona so they couldn’t get him to re-spit new vocals on my beat.

 
Busta was dead set on having Jay-Z and DMX on the same song. Originally, he was going to leave Jay on “Street Shit” and have DMX on “While We Die,” but he really wanted to have them both on the same record.
 

“I was so hype. I was like, ‘Yo! X, Busta, and Jay on my record?! It would be insane!’ I still love that song, regardless. It’s a great record. I did a lot of records for Flipmode [Squad] that didn’t come out. I probably got a whole album’s worth of songs from Flipmode. We did a ton of records that Busta’s still sitting on.

“[Busta’s] cool. He knows what he wants, but he respects the producer’s vision. He takes direction very well, but he’s also very strong-willed about what he wants to do. He’ll let you do you, then he’ll go back and add his input and chop it up with you about it.

“It also depends on how much he knows you and how much he respects you. I think that’s the same with any artist. If they respect you, they’re going to take your word for the most part. If they don’t know you, they’ll probably tend to be a little more hands-on with it.”

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