Album: The Truth
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Just Blaze: “I had the beat already done and gave it to Hip Hop, who was the A&R for Rocafella at the time. They heard the record and they just went in, did it, and mixed it. I didn’t know as many people liked that record as they did until I was out one night and I heard it [playing out of] five cars driving past.
“I always have my reservations about that beat because it had that same scratch sound from the Triton that so many people used to use. That always had me a little worried but then I was like, ‘You know what? It’s a scratch sound, it’s in the keyboard. Who cares?’ I just let it rock and it was a good record for that time.
“Everyone [inspires me]. Anybody who was making great music in the late ‘80s and the early ‘90s. Everyone in my age group has the same list. It’s a given already: Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Large Professor, The Bomb Squad, Dr. Dre. It’s the same list over and over.
“There were so many great producers, that’s why there are so many great producers now. The beats that I was working on early on, when I was a teenager still trying to figure it out, sounded most like Pete Rock’s and/or Q-Tip’s. A lot of jazz with really sharp snares and horns and stuff like that. They sounded just like hip hop records in the ‘90s.”