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

Method Man & Redman “Y.O.U.” (1999)



Album: Blackout!
Label: Def Jam
Producer: Erick Sermon

Erick Sermon: “So dope. I love that beat. And their style! Method Man started the flow. Then Reggie followed. I don't remember that session. A lot of their sessions I wasn't there for. I just made the beats. They were on the Hard Knock Lifetour, so I was sending them beats.

“I wasn't expecting them to pick that beat. I put that beat on there by mistake, I think. Again, It was a '4, 3, 2, 1' type of technique beat. That 'Put Your Hands' was in my head the whole time again. And that producer, he never came out again. He only made one record in his life, and that was it. I don't know [his name]. [Ed note: The record was produced by Shamello & Buddah.]

 

I was surprised that The RZA didn't do more, and why people let me [do the bulk of the production]. That wasn't my best work. I guess I was the only one making records that they liked.

 

“I was involved [heavily] in that album, because I was the one who put those two together. So of course, the Executive Producer is going to be me. I'm the one that made 'How High.'

"I was surprised that The RZA didn't do more, and why people let me [do the bulk of the production]. That wasn't my best work. I guess I was the only one making records that they liked. I listen to it like, 'Damn, man. I didn't have any samples. I was making almost the same beats.' But at the time, it felt good.

“I would have made more excitement. The record was a huge success, I just think I could've done more. I like the sample on 'Maad Crew.' That's [the type of stuff] I probably could have done more of.

"It was too much of the same type of beat, kick, snare with stabs. I love the LL Cool J and Ja Rule crew record. That was dangerous. But [overall] I could've had more variety, and done some iller shit.”

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