DJ Clark Kent: “That was ill because Canibus was practically staying at my house. Every day I was like training him to be a killer on the mic. He knew that I [worked with] Jay-Z, so he wanted to be that crazy.
“I gave him the beat for ‘How We Roll’ and he loses his mind, because it starts slow and changes speeds. And he was in writing mode, and he had a deal, so he was like, ‘I need to write this song.’
Dr. Dre was like, ‘You got some shit? I’m gonna be working with this whiteboy, Eminem.’ So play him some beats, and he hears the beat for ‘How We Roll,’ and he loves it. I was like, ‘Nah, that’s for Canibus.’ But imagine if I gave that shit to Eminem.
“I gave him the beat, and two days later I go to Cali to produce some songs for Shaquille O’Neal. I actually produced a song with Shaq and Kobe Bryant together. Anyway, while I’m out there, I go to this restaurant called Georgia, and who’s sitting down there eating but Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. I’m like, ‘Yo Dre, what up!’ And we’re kicking it for a second, and then he’s like, ‘I’ma holler at you at the studio later.’
“So I go to the studio and set up my session for Shaq. Then I go next door to say what up to Dre, and he’s like, ‘You got some shit? I’m gonna be working with this whiteboy.’ And the whiteboy he was talking about was Eminem. This is before anyone knew who Em was.
“So play him some beats, and he hears the beat for ‘How We Roll,’ and he loves it. He’s playing it on repeat, and says he wants it. But I was like, ‘Nah, that’s for Canibus.’ And Dre’s like, ‘Oh yeah, Canibus is ill.’ He probably knew him from the ‘4,3,2,1’ record with LL. But imagine if I gave that shit to Eminem. That shit would’ve been crazy.”