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

Fugees "Ready Or Not (Clark Kent/Django Remix)" (1996)

Album: Bootleg Versions

Label: Ruffhouse/Columbia

DJ Clark Kent: “I’m very cool with Pras and ‘Clef. I knew them all since their very first record, before ‘Mona Lisa’ and all that, because they came to the New Music Seminar. Their very first record was some bullshit. But they were signed, and they came to meet me, and we were cool immediately. So I wanted them to win.

“They were like, ‘We’re gonna do this remix album project. We want you to be on it.’ I was like, ‘What record do you want me to remix?’ They said, ‘Ready Or Not.’ I was like, ‘What? That record’s fire, B!’

 

Their very first record was some bullshit. But they were signed, and they came to meet me, and we were cool immediately. So I wanted them to win.

 

“It took me like five days to figure out a beat for that, because I wanted it to match. I had the multi-track recording, and I had the song. I was working with it at first with the original verses, and all I really paid attention to was the hook. That’s why I sampled the words ‘ready or not’ in the beat.

“I found that Django sample, and I just freaked the beat. Pras and ‘Clef came to my crib, and they were about to go out and do two shows in Nashville. I play it, and they wil’ the fuck out. So I give it to them, and they leave to go get themselves together.

“A couple hours later, they call me, like, ‘Yo, what you doing Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday? Come to Nashville to do the record.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know anybody in Nashville. You gotta fly me and my engineer out if you want me to do it.’

“They fly me and my engineer out for four days, and we do the record in between them doing shows and shit. They loved [the beat] so much that they wanted to do it right then.

“Lauryn was dope, she was a professional. They all were. But my relationship working with them was probably different than the average guys because I knew them and was cool with them. And they killed it.”

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