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

Keith Murray “The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World” (1994)



Album: The Most Beautifullest Thing in This World
Label: Jive
Producer: Erick Sermon
Erick Sermon: “'Hostile' was so huge. And there were so many nice things in that verse. But that was the main sentence that stood out, because [beautifullest] is not a word.

“There were two versions. On the second version, I played The Isley Brothers on it, which Da Brat used, then Biggie Smalls used it with 'Big Poppa' after that. We all three won with the same type of record. I played that on top of the Main Source drums, and that was it.

“The story about that was he didn't want to do the chorus. It was the first argument we ever had. He thought it was corny. He thought it was too soft or something like that. He didn't know it was gonna flow like that. I was like, 'Yo, trust me. It's gonna work.'

 

We were very unselfish. Name one crew from my era that did that: that would step to the side and let these other people get bigger than you. That's something that you didn't do. LL didn't put nobody out. You didn't see that. That was something that we did.

 

“Murray was quiet [in the studio]. He was just a young kid who had tons of rhymes that was happy to be doing what he was doing.

“The video was incredible. He killed that video. Keith Murray was a big soccer player, who played soccer in school. So he represented with the soccer shirt on in the video. And Murray's an entertainer. He's been that way for a long time. He can entertain his ass off.

“He came, I liked him, and we tried to make it happen. You don't really know [if it's gonna blow]. Don't forget, I'm doing this still young myself. What crews do you know that are still new themselves, making records and still new blowing, and they're blowing up other acts?

"We were very unselfish. Name one crew from my era that did that: that would step to the side and let these other people get bigger than you. That's something that you didn't do. LL didn't put nobody out. You didn't see that. That was something that we did.

"Our next album, we had K-Solo coming out. Our next album we had Redman coming out. My solo album's out and now Keith Murray's coming out. It was something we did [without planning too]. Whatever was happening at the time was what was happening. There was no written script. We had no plan.

“Keith Murray had a rhyme session at a diner when he was a little kid with Big Daddy Kane. His name was Keithy Keith then. I got it on DVD. It was Kane's birthday, in the diner, and he's like [to Keith Murray], 'Let me see what you got little man.' And they go back and forth and back and forth, and then Kane roasts him. I can't wait to show the world.”

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