DJ Clark Kent Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

50 Cent "Fuck You" (2002)

Album: Guess Who’s Back

Label: Full Clip

DJ Clark Kent: “That’s one of my favorites. I knew him from when he was young. All this shit happens, and he gets shot or whatever, and ‘Fuck You’ was the record that brought him back. I had the nuts enough to say, ‘Come on 50, you’ve got to record. You can’t give it up.’

“He’s told it in stories before. If you watch his Behind The Music special, he says, ‘Clark made the ‘Fuck You’ song, and that’s when it came back.’ Me and 50 were cool, and I was doing a DJ Clark Kent album, and I was like, ‘I got this song I want you to be on. It’s called the ‘Fuck You’ song.’ And he was like, ‘What?’

 

Sauce [Money] and Ace Of Spade from Major Figgas was on it. So when he got to the studio, he gets in the booth, and I’m telling him what was going to happen. But he already had the beat. So he does three verses. And I’m like, ‘Dog I said there’s other rappers on this.’ And he’s like, ‘Nah Clark, I’m sorry, I had to spaz on this one. Can you take the other guys off the song?’

 

“Sauce [Money] and Ace Of Spade from Major Figgas was on it. So when he got to the studio, he gets in the booth, and I’m telling him what was going to happen. But he already had the beat. So he does three verses. And I’m like, ‘Dog I said there’s other rappers on this.’ And he’s like, ‘Nah Clark, I’m sorry, I had to spaz on this one. Can you take the other guys off the song?’

“So I figured I’d let him do the full song, and on my album I’d put the version with the three artists on it. Until I listened to the full song again. And I’m like, ‘God, this is ugly.’

“[On the song, he’s like,] ‘Tone and Poke pussy.’ And I’m like, god, I gotta call these guys. Because Tone [of Trackmasters] is my man. So I tell Tone what he was saying, and he’s like, ‘Fuck it, it’s all good.’

“And now, this record is rumbling, and it’s on every mixtape, and everybody likes it. He’s popping shit, and he’s going back at everything.

“Everybody thought it was DJ Premier [that produced the record]. But if you listen to my beats, it sounds like my beat. But what did it was all the words in the hook and the way the hook was put together. Even Preem was like, ‘It sounds like me I guess, but it’s not me.’

 

It was on the Guess Who’s Back mixtape, which probably sold a million records and no one ever got paid for it.

 

“When I made the beat, I made the hook. The hook was put together to be scratched. When Styles said that, I used to always scratch that ‘I don’t give a fuck who you are, so fuck who you are’ line over things. And then [I put the Pain In Da Ass, Big Pun, and Nas samples in after that]. That’s probably why it never made it to a real album, because there were too many samples to clear. It was on the Guess Who’s Back mixtape, which probably sold a million records and no one ever got paid for it.

“I was actually going to ask Premier to scratch on it. It’s just that when 50 did the verses and he loved it, he took the CD, and the shit went everywhere. And that started the, ‘What the fuck is this? Who the fuck is this guy?’ And they recognized that I did the first song after 50 got shot.

“It’s crazy because I was friends with ‘Preme [who 50 Cent had a conflict in the streets with]. But it’s about the artistry. I knew [50], and I just thought he was a good artist. I just cared about the record.”

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