Erick Sermon Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Redman “Blow Your Mind” (1992)



Album: Whut? Thee Album
Label: Def Jam
Producer: Erick Sermon

Erick Sermon: “Reggie produced the first [version which is actually the remix on the album] with the Roger Troutman sample. But the one that's on the video, I did that. Because for some reason, the first one was too funky. It was more laid back.

"After coming off of 'Headbanger,' and 'Blow Your Mind' being the first single, Russell was like, 'We need a remix.' And I did the remix, and that became the [main album version] and the video version.

 

Redman was my artist. So I was bringing them the album. Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen thanked me so much for bringing this Redman album in, because Def Jam was going down then. EPMD had broken up. We stopped at 'Headbanger,' and that was it. They had The Afros. They needed this.

 

“The reaction was phenomenal. I threw the Gap Band [sample] in there. Back then, you just threw samples in there. 'Humpty,' 'Impeach The President,' just throwing drums in there. Whatever sounds good.

“I liked the version he did, because I liked Roger [Troutman.] He was going off what we did with EPMD. And Reggie can produce too. And he got the same type of shit in him that I have in me. But when it came down to doing the records and getting them done, it was me. They knew that whatever was in my brain was untouchable at the time.

“Sitting here sometimes now, I wanted to ask Premier if he knew what he was doing back then when he was so young, because I didn't know what I was doing. I was just making what sounded good for me. And not knowing that I was a producer. Remember, we came in not knowing what a producer was. So now you're saying I've got a title for this? I'm a producer? Oh, okay. I'm about to go in now. Let's start making records.

“Redman was my artist. So I was bringing them the album. Russell Simmons and Lyor Cohen thanked me so much for bringing this Redman album in, because Def Jam was going down then. EPMD had broken up. We stopped at 'Headbanger,' and that was it. They had The Afros. They needed this.”

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