Album: Give It 2 'Em Raw
Label: No Limit Records
Producer: Carlos Stephens
Mystikal: “Goodness, Jesus, lawd. Um. Man [Slim] was something special, bro. He was a great talent, had great passion. That's what makes an artist special, the passion that he has. It was real to him. That's what hip-hop is. That's what they mean when they say "hip-hop's a way of life." He definitely walked it and lived it to the fullest. That boy was a gangsta in all of his splendor.
“That particular song there, that was our first No Limit song [together]. At that point we were in the process of getting not only our careers but our fucking lives saved. He was taking it up to a level and getting an opportunity that probably would've never happened [otherwise].
Soulja Slim definitely walked it and lived it to the fullest. That boy was a gangsta in all of his splendor.
“So me and Soulja were in the studio that day. This wasn't no "mail me this, mail me that" one. Matter of fact, I can remember when I did the verse, I only did 12 bars. I had too much going on [to do 16], I probably had a date lined up or something. Something was going on, I was trying to get up out of there quick.
“Even though I liked him, I was preoccupied at that time. That was one where I gave my all… but I could've gave it more. He was like, 'Man finish my verse!' I was like, 'I got you man! They gonna love it like that!' He was like, 'Yeah, alright nigga…' That was just a real dude man.
“Me and Slim were labelmates before No Limit. We were labelmates on Parkway Pumpin' records, which was a local label started by KLC and MC Dart. [Whistles] Back in those days… I was in the military at that time, we talking like '91 or '92. I worked a year out of high school and then [went] to the army.
As soon as I leave to go to the Army, the dude that I learned how to make a demo with—how to record and do backup vocals and ad-libs and all the technical things—they started making records. So that definitely f*cked my Army career up. I lost focus.
“As soon as I leave to go to the army, the dude that I learned how to make a demo with—how to record and do backup vocals and ad-libs and all the technical things—they started making records. Shit. So that definitely fucked my army career up. I lost focus. I didn't give a fuck, I just wanted to come home. Put me out. And that's exactly what they did. 'Get your ass out.'
“So we put out demos [with Parkway Pumpin']. We didn't have the funds to press [records]. They had to put their shit out first, kinda further down the line. They were still trying to get their shit off the ground so that's when Big Boy came in.
“Big Boy was a bit more established and it was a better opportunity. And when I went and did that I ended up signing with Big Boy and KL [went] to be the head producer at No Limit with Beats By The Pound. Man that was some days man, that was some fantastic days.”