Mad Skillz f/ Large Professor and Q-Tip “Extra Abstract Skillz” (1996)
Album: From Where???
Label: Big Beat
Producer: Large Professor
Large Professor:“Reef and Matty [two A&Rs that I was cool with] were reaching out a lot at that time. And Reef was like, ‘Yo, I got Skillz, I wanna bring him by.’ And they actually came out to Flushing and sat down with me. We were going over beats and stuff like that. And I gave them the ‘Skills in ‘95’ beat. And they were like, ‘This is dope.’ And he recorded his vocals.
They wanted me to rhyme. And I was like, ‘Damn,’ because I didn’t have an idea. That’s why my verse is kind of choppy.
“But then, they were like, ‘Let’s rock something different. Let’s do another joint.’ Me and Tip were hanging out tough then, and they wanted to get something from Tip, or something like that. Everybody was connected at that point.
“For that record, we were in Unique. And I hooked up the beat. And they wanted me to rhyme. And I was like, ‘Damn,’ because I didn’t have an idea. That’s why my verse is kind of choppy. And there was a bit of a deadline, too. So I said, ‘Well, I’m gonna put my part down, and then get back to it.’
“So I put my little piece down. Then Skillz laid a crazy verse. Tip came in and he threw his joint down. And at the end of the night, it was like, ‘Yo, let’s wrap it up like this.’ And it was, ‘Extra Abstract Skillz.’ [Laughs.] It was a nice little piece of entertainment.”