LL Cool J f/ Canibus, DMX, Method Man & Redman “4,3,2,1” (1997)
Producer: Erick Sermon
Label: Def Jam
Method Man: “LL called through to get on the record. No matter what people have to say, if they have something bad to say about that man, that’s on them, because that nigga always showed me love. He was always cool with me. He always had a word of advice for me, even if I didn’t ask for it. I mean that in a respectful sense.
DMX felt a certain way about LL, but in order to get that story you’ve got to ask him. I don’t know. They just don’t seem comfortable around each other.
“When we did that record, it was just me, him, and Doc at first. Then I heard what everybody was bumping around the office was DMX, and I was like, ‘Who the fuck is DMX?’ I remember, we got to the video shoot and I still hadn’t heard the record with everybody’s verses on there and shit. I remember seeing DMX with a hat on, vest on, and shit. Me and Doc went to go smoke during one of the takes and I remember hollering at him.
“He was sitting there whispering and he went through his verse. I remember hearing the verse and thinking, ‘Wow. This nigga’s ridiculous. This nigga’s crazy.’ He was mad cool though, mad laid back. I was like, ‘Yo, you smoke?’ He was like, ‘Yeah.’ I was like, ‘We going over here to smoke and shit.’ So he’s rolling up his shit, we’re rolling up our shit, we’re going to smoke it together and kick it.
“You know X doesn’t fuck with a lot of niggas and shit, but he fucks with us. It was based off of that day right there. But he felt a certain way about LL, but in order to get that story you’ve got to ask him. I don’t know. They just don’t seem comfortable around each other.
LL relaid his verse. That wasn’t the verse he laid on there originally that I remember. Next thing I know, everybody’s on there different. I’m like, ‘What the fuck? What’s going on and shit? Damn, Def Jam. What the fuck is y’all doing up there? Can I get a fucking phone call?’
“Long story short, we sat there and did the video, and I’m listening to the radio and shit and it’s on there. I hear X’s verse or whatever, but then I hear Canibus. I’m like, ‘Wait. He wasn’t on the record, but he’s killing it too. Damn.’ I was kind of mad because I could have done that on my verse if that was the point. I would have went back in and done my shit over.
“LL relaid his verse. That wasn’t the verse he laid on there originally that I remember. Next thing I know, everybody’s on there different. I’m like, ‘What the fuck? What’s going on and shit? Damn, Def Jam. What the fuck is y’all doing up there? Can I know something? Can I get a fucking phone call?’
“When we shot the video it was four motherfuckers. When I saw the video, I saw that version, and then I saw another one that had Master P and Canibus in that motherfucker! What the fuck?
“You know, ‘4,3,2,1’ is what it is, but when we perform the shit you get LL, Method Man, and Redman, or you get DMX, Method Man, and Redman. We have not been all on stage at once doing that record.”