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

Redman f/ Erick Sermon “Whateva Man” (1996)



Album: Muddy Waters
Label: Def Jam
Producer: Erick Sermon

Erick Sermon: “That was for my album, for Double or Nothing. It was my song. He liked it a lot. And he was singing some of my verses. I can't remember right now [which parts were mine originally]. But he was keeping a lot of my lines, and then adding his.

"He took the full song of mine, and kept adding to it. And for some reason he kept that one part with me rhyming. I'm not even in the video. I'm like, 'Red, why'd you keep that?' And he was like, 'I like that.'

“And then me and my friend were doing the, 'Bam bam, dee bam dee dee dee bam.' That was all me. But the 'Whateva Man' title was all his. That was what he wanted to do. He liked the record. It wasn't a big deal for me. He liked it, so I gave it to him.

 

Doc's Da Name 2000 was his biggest album. That's when Jay-Z and Dame Dash said, 'We got Doc's Da Name [flyers] on every car.' Jay was like, 'Erick, you outdid yourself on that.'

 

“The video with The Blues Brothers was all their idea. Him, Def Jam, and Steve Carr, the video director.

“The only thing I didn't do on Muddy Waters was the him and K-Solo record 'It's Like That.' I wish I made that record though. They killed it on that record.

“I like 'Da Bump.' That's my Tonight's Da Night' part two. I always like doing part twos to records. And I really like 'Who Rock The Spot,' because of the Biggie sample and the drums.

“That album was a comeback. It had to be dope. People didn't get Dare Iz A Darkside. And it worked. But Doc's Da Name 2000 was his biggest album. That's when Jay-Z and Dame Dash said, 'We got Doc's Da Name [flyers] on every car.' Jay was like, 'Erick, you outdid yourself on that.'

"'I'll Bee Dat' wasn't even me. The lead [producer] on that was Rockwilder. And 'Da Goodness' was the second single, which was produced by Redman and Rockwilder. But they just knew Erick was Reggie, and Reggie was Erick.”

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