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

Redman “Tonight's da Night” (1992)



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

Erick Sermon: “That was one of the first [records we did together for Whut? Thee Album]. That came from being in the condo and playing some 45s. I was just playing some 45s that day. I heard the melody, and the beat was slow, so I sped it up [from 33] to 45. And I was like, 'Wow.' I liked it, but I didn't know he was going to like it. But he liked it.

 

You ask the Eminems, you ask the Biggies, whatever. They'll tell you they never heard nobody flow like Redman before. Whatever he did was going to be right. I didn't even care.

 

“[The Hurricane G part in the beginning, where she tells him to switch from a smooth style to a hardcore style] was all him. He probably liked the beat, but I guess when he was saying [the rap] he probably was getting too smooth on the beat. And I think that was just them [being creative].

“I wasn't in the studio the day he recorded that. What he did with it was crazy, but I already liked the beat, so no matter what he did I would've liked it. Reggie was just dope. No matter what Reggie did on the rhyme it was not going to be wack. He was the illest shit that niggas ever heard.

"You ask the Eminems, you ask the Biggies, whatever. They'll tell you they never heard nobody flow like that before. Whatever he did was going to be right. I didn't even care. It was like, 'You got the record recorded? Aiight, let's mix it.' Very rarely did I say I didn't like a verse by Redman. That was very rare.”

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