Erick Sermon Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

Def Squad “Full Cooperation” (1998)



Album: El Nino
Label: Def Jam
Producer: Erick Sermon

Erick Sermon: “I just had some beats. I was making a whole bunch of shit at one time. I was like, 'Yo, we gotta do something. These shits is crazy.' El Ninowas retarded, as far as creativity.

“Again, 'Put Your Hands' was so prominent. 'Full Cooperation' is a loop, but it moved like 'Put Your Hands.' Pharrell was like [about 'Full Cooperation,'] 'Erick, you changed my life. Because people that I did, 'Shake it Fast' and 'Danger' for Mystikal, because they sound like that.'

 

Pharrell said, 'I played 18 beats for Jay-Z, and the one he chose was ['I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)']. And Pharrell said, 'Thank you.' Because he took the whole entire technique and style from 'Full Cooperation.' I took it from Busta, Pharrell got it from me.

 

"Pharrell said, 'I played 18 beats for Jay-Z, and the one he chose was ['I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)']. And Pharrell said, 'Thank you.' Because he took the whole entire technique and style from 'Full Cooperation.' I took it from Busta, Pharrell got it from me.

“Def Jam loved it. Kevin Liles was like, 'I like that record.' It was for Keith Murray's album. He flipped the chorus and melody from an old record, I forgot which one though. I knew it before, but I can't remember it now.

“Murray wrote my verse on that record. That's the only verse I didn't write. We were in Atlanta, Georgia, in my house. That verse is all Murray. That was the first time in my life I didn't [write my own verse]. It was because that was Murray's record. So I just took his verse, because I was being lazy that day. It was his song originally. He had all three verses on the record. We took it from him, [and then Redman wrote his verse].”

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