Method Man Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

Foxy Brown f/ Method Man “Ill Na Na” (1996)

Producer: Charly Charles

Album: Ill Na Na

Label: Def Jam/Violator

Method Man: “When they approached me with it and shit, I hadn’t met Foxy yet. I remember [Foxy’s brother] Gavin was playing that ‘I Shot Ya’ verse and I was like, ‘Wow. She sounds just like Rae.’ I was like, ‘Her voice is raw as fuck.’

 

I was like, ‘Okay, give me 25.’ That’s how much I got for the Biggie verse, $2,500. I got the check and I was like, ‘Oh shit. 25 Gs?’ I went and got a Rolex.

 

“When she got signed to Def Jam, love is love, they wanted me to come in and do a verse for her. I was like, ‘Okay, give me 25.’ That’s how much I got for the Biggie verse, $2,500. I didn’t know how to price my shit back then. I came in and did the hook. I said that ‘Dollar Dollar’ shit because I knew everyone would remember that shit from ‘C.R.E.A.M.’

“I got the check and I was like, ‘Oh shit. 25 Gs?’ I went and got a Rolex. For a while I was running around telling niggas, ‘Yeah, Foxy bought me this Rolex.’ I had to stop that shit. People actually thought she went and bought me a fucking Rolex and shit. But it wasn’t a mistake. I look back in hindsight and I earned every penny of that shit. [Laughs] I was selling myself short.”

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