Large Professor Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

Busta Rhymes f/ Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Roc Marciano “The Heist” (2000)

Album: Anarchy

Label: Flipmode/Elektra

Producer: Large Professor

Large Professor: “My boy Rashad Smith, he came to me one day, and this was right after my father had passed away. And he said, ‘Bust wanna see you in the studio tomorrow.’ I guess he had told Bust that my Pops passed. Everyone was cool with my father, because when they would come through to the crib, he would be there. Like he’d even be puffin’ Ls—you know, come in the room like, ‘What you boys doing?’ [Laughs.]

“So Bust was like, ‘Yo, Rashad told me everything that was going on with you, you know. Play me some tracks.’ And that’s when he had the Wall Street studio, under the Brooklyn Bridge. And he would be going in between rooms, and I was playing beats, and he’d have one ear to that. He was truly multi-tasking.

“So I played the beat for ‘The Heist.’ And Roc Marc, who was Bust’s man from L.I., was sitting there with me, like, ‘Yo, that shit is dope.’ Roc kind of spearheaded using that beat for the ‘Heist.’ He was like, ‘Yo, play that when Busta comes in.’ Then Bust came in, like, ‘Yo, play that shit again!’ And I played it, and he was like, ‘Yo, lay that one.’

“It was crazy, because there was an MTV Cribs where they were doing Wu-Tang Clan in Cali, and Bust is a visitor. And he’s playing ‘The Heist’ beat [during the episode]. He’s like, auditioning it for them. Because when he first heard the beat, he was like, ‘Yo, I’m gonna get Ghost and Rae on this. Watch.’ So I saw the Cribs shit, and he’s playing ‘The Heist’ beat, and this is before the shit was done, so I’m like, ‘Oh shit. This is crazy.’ [Laughs.]

“Next call was like, ‘Yo, come to the studio to mix this joint down. I got the vocals.’ And that was it. To hear that, [being such a Wu-Tang fan], it was crazy.”

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