No I.D. f/ Common & Dug Infinite “State To State” (1997)
Album: Accept Your Own And Be Yourself [The Black Album]
No I.D.:“That was on the first Black Album [Laughs.] That whole album was a weird, weird process as Common and I were at a weird place in our relationship. The whole album [Accept Your Own And Be Yourself (The Black Album)] was supposed to feature Common and Dug [Infinite]. I wanted this project to be like the Chicago Chronic, with Shawnna, Kanye, Dug, Teefa, Common, Just Ro and me.
I wanted this project to be like the Chicago Chronic, with Shawnna, Kanye, Dug, Teefa, Common, Just Ro, and me.
“That was my initial goal for the album. But everybody wasn’t on the same page, and everybody didn’t want to work with each other like that. So it ended up me and Dug doing the whole thing. In theory, if it would’ve went the way I wanted, we would’ve had a real dynasty type of team. Our goal was to sign everybody to a label that me and Common wanted to start. Relativity wanted to do it.
“Common was working on One Day It’ll All Make Sense at the time, but I wasn’t as heavily involved with that album as I was his previous two, so I didn’t come in until the very end, because I was working on my album. I wonder what the album would’ve sounded like had it have been half of the One Day / The Black Album beats?
“I signed my solo Relativity deal years before my album came out—before being a producer could be a career job. I never really wanted to be a rapper, but I wanted to do what Dre did and make my own version of The Chronic. But after that album came out, and I saw the politics of the game, I realized that side wasn’t for me. Relativity had me signed for a few albums, but I retired. [Laughs.]