Just Blaze Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

Freeway f/ Faith Evans “Don't Cross The Line” (2003)

Album: Philadelphia Freeway
Label: Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam

Just Blaze: “That whole album Philadelphia Freewaywas the combination of everything that was going on at the time. I probably couldn't pin-point one record, because we were just going in and making records. One of my favorite records on that album that's also super underrated is 'Don't Cross The Line,' with Faith Evans.

 
My favorite moment off that whole Freeway album was when she was singing over him like, ''Cause Freeway is in full effect and all these bitches want from me is just to hear my rhymes.'
 

“Being that Freeway jumped on the 'Burnin Up (Remix),' we got her on 'Don't Cross The Line.' She was just ad-libbing off of what he was saying. The beat is very simple, but there's a lot going on. It's near to my heart.

“There was a brief phase that I went through where I was doing one-bar-loops over and over, kind of like in 'What We Do.' We did this shortly after we did that.

“That was inspired by a lot of the production on Masta Ace's SlaughtaHouse. I was trying to make something that sounded like SlaughtaHouse. It didn't, but that's that zone that I was in. It's one of my favorite albums of all time.

“My favorite moment off that whole Freeway album was when she was singing over him like, ''Cause Freeway is in full effect and all these bitches want from me is just to hear my rhymes.' I play that part over and over. I'm probably going to listen to it after I hang up with you. I just love that record. That was a good moment in time.”

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