Album: Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
Label: Def Jam
Let’s face it, Ghostface’s commercial first single attempts have always been somewhat suspect. The Carl Thomas record? The Missy joint? They weren’t awful, they just never worked. Despite the previous false starts, Def Jam returned to the well yet again, with the Ne-Yo-assisted “Back Like That,” which served as the first single from Fishscale.
“Back Like That” wasn’t bad—but it was missing something. So Def Jam did the logical thing and called up Pretty Toney’s labelmate, Kanye West, to aid and assist on the remix. Kanye (who was in Japan, sidebar) talked like sex on the record, threatening to put Eva Mendes to sleep and spoke of girls who “ordered the Kobe beef like Shaquille O’Neal.” This remix was done the player way.