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

Slick Rick “I Sparkle” (1999)

Album: Wild Wild West (Soundtrack)

Label: Interscope

Producer: Large Professor

Large Professor: “Slick Rick was [recording] in Woodstock. The studio was dope, because it was like a log cabin. You could just go out, and it would be the forest, right there. So [I got a call], and I drove up there one night. It was like three hours or something like that. Slick Rick was there—he had just came home jail—and was chillin’. I played him some beats, and he liked the ‘I Sparkle’ beat. He was very meticulous. That dude is real sharp. And he honed in on that one. And I was like, ‘Aiight, cool.’

“I made that trip again, and he had all the vocals ready this time. That was the first time I had seen someone sit down and do their vocals. After that, I saw a bunch of people do it. But he sat down, all smooth, chillin’. And I was like, ‘Ah, that’s dope.’ Just to see him work, and do all those different voices and sounds. Him and Busta Rhymes, they’re top notch on the mic end—just constructing it.

“They had it where you could lodge there, but I was like, ‘Nah, I’m just gonna jet back.’ So I made that mission back. Then they gave me a call like, ‘Yo, we’re coming down to mix it.’ So we mixed it down.

“That was crazy, because I had a lot of things going on in my life at that time. I had my son, and just all kinds of things going on. And I remember it was on the Wild Wild West soundtrack. And I was doing kind of bad monetarily, so that was a highlight, that it was on that there. So I would throw that in, and it would be like, ‘Yo, I got my song on here.’ Because it was summer, and it feels bad when you’re doing bad right in the beginning of summer. So that was like an ill highlight, like, ‘This is nice. At least I’m somewhere [aligned] with the energy that’s going on.’ That was cool.”

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