Common:“I love that beat and that bass line. I wanted that beat but Tone wanted to keep it for his group. He was making really dope beats for his group but when he was able to make that beat for me, I was like, ‘Man this is some shit right here!’ I just went in on some MC’ing. That was one of my favorite MC’ing songs on there.
I think Common was taking shots at me on this record. [Laughs.] I think he tried to use my style against me on here. I hate to sound like Kool Keith or somebody, but I think he was going at me on this one. - The Twilite Tone
“I felt like I was being free, being clever, MC’ing with some power, and in the same token having a sense of humor. That’s a rap I can kick somewhere and people will be like, ‘Oh shit!’ It’s a ‘one in the chamber’ rap. That’s what I really loved about that. ‘Sum Shit I Wrote’ was just letting you know that this is some shit right here—so check it out.”
The Twilite Tone: “I think Common was taking shots at me on this record. [Laughs.] I think he tried to use my style against me on here. I hate to sound like Kool Keith or somebody, but I think he was going at me on this one.
That whole extended metaphor thing was my shit. To keep it 100, me and Rashid had a falling-out at this time. Between him using my style and me saying he wasn’t being original, I kinda drifted off.
“I was then working on my shit. He was already signed to a label and I hadn't, so if I had been, I would’ve had more ammunition. But we had a little silent tiff at that time. The Late Show was also splitting up at the time and one of the guys went to hang out with Rashid and gave him one of my secret weapons, which was the extended metaphor. I think he thought if he hung out with Rashid he would get on, but it didn’t work out in his favor."