Producer: Too $hort, Young L Album: Skateboards 2 Scrapers Label: Up All Nite/Jive
Too $hort: “I was on the way to do a show in Santa Rosa—somewhere up there in the mountains, Petaluma or something—and the guy who was driving us up there, he was a promoter, and he played The Pack's whole CD.
“And I was listening to these kids rap. They was having a good time, every beat was hot, and the bass was hitting. We got to the end and I said, 'Play it again.' He played it again. And we drove up there, we did the show, on the ride back, I said, 'Man, play that shit again.' He played it again.
“I said, 'Who are these dudes?' He said, 'They're from Berkeley, they're from where I'm from.' I was like, 'Man, I need to meet those dudes.' So the driver arranged for me to meet with The Pack. But instead of hooking me up with The Pack, they got a great idea, like fuck The Pack, we gonna hook him up with our homeboys.
The only reason it didn't really work out the way it was supposed to work out was because [The Pack] were underage. Their parents weren't really into it.
“So I went to have a meeting with The Pack, and we were gonna meet out in Richmond. But some other dudes showed up. [Laughs.] [I was like], 'Wait a minute, you ain't The Pack!' They said, 'We're not The Pack but if you gone sign The Pack you gotta sign us too, cause we're all from Berkeley.'
“I got offended by the whole thing. It was kinda foul. So I did a little research and realized that [Lil Uno] from The Pack is the son of somebody I had been knowing since we were teenagers. Me and his dad used to run together back in the day. I got in touch with his daddy and I was like, 'Man, I was tyring to hook your son up, listen to his music, and they out here playing games.'
“So I met with his father, and his father called him over there and was like, 'Look y'all can't be playing with Short like that.' [We talked] about the other dudes trying to middle man him and cut him out the hook up with Short dog and we just got to the point.
“The fact that his father was an old friend of mine, that made everything work out alright. Got 'em in the studio, got 'em a deal, got 'em out there. The only reason it didn't really work out the way it was supposed to work out was because they were underage. Their parents weren't really into it. The parents were all in the mix, you've got four dudes, everyone's got their opinions. It was just too much.”