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

Slick Rick "Why, Why, Why" (1999)

Album: The Art of Storytelling

Label: Def Jam/IDJMG/Universal

DJ Clark Kent:“He was like, ‘You think you could fuck with ‘Funky President’? So I made the drums play a certain way so you could still hear the [riff] in ‘Funky President.’ But I also made it so you could take it out. I took each stab, and added the stabs to just the drum beats. He was like, ‘I don’t even know how you separated that shit, but you’re dope.’ And from that day, I was dope.

 

I remember Mariah Carey heard that song, and she was blown away. She loved it. She thought Slick Rick was the greatest.

 

“Then, he was like, ‘I want to hear some bass line shit, and I want it to be jumpy. I don’t want it to be hard.’ So I played the shit on the SP-1200. And you could see him coming up with the music while it’s coming together.

“He’s sitting there humming, and I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’ He’s like, ‘I’m coming up with a hook, give me a second.’ Then he went in the booth and went, ‘Ooooh, why, why, why, why.’ And he’s like, ‘I’m gonna do that for the whole song.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ So now it’s in there for the whole song. And it’s not even like I sampled it. It’s him going all the way down the track. Then he does his verses.

“I remember Mariah Carey heard that song, and she was blown away. She loved it. She thought Slick Rick was the greatest.”

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