Trackmasters Tell All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records (Part 1)

Chubb Rock "Just The Two Of Us" (1991)

Album: The One
Label: Select Records

Poke: “That was the first [song we really did]. Howie Tee did the original and we came in and did the remix. We met Chubb through doing ‘Soul Sisters’ for Finesse & Synquis. When we went in to do that joint, Chubb came in to write the rhymes for them.”

“Chubb was like, ‘I like the way you guys work and the music that you guys do. You should come in and make some records with me.’ I was like okay and ‘Just The Two of Us’ was one of the first ones that we did. Chubb was one of the first real rappers we worked with that we were excited about it. He did one-shot vocals, every time.

 

Even when we got to what we perceive to be the top, we realized we didn’t know sh*t. And it’s not really the top, you just look at that sh*t and you’re like, ‘Oh sh*t, I was nothing!’ Nobody knows. You would never know. You would never guess. - Poke

 

“Chubb taught us a lot about the business that we didn’t know because we were fresh in the game. It was an enlightening experience because you think you know but you don’t really know, and when you really think that you know, you really don’t know. It’s crazy.

“Even when we got to what we perceive to be the top, we realized we didn’t know shit. And it’s not really the top, you just look at that shit and you’re like, ‘Oh shit, I was nothing!’ Nobody knows. You would never know. You would never guess.

“Then we got to see who was actually controlling everything. We looked at shit going on, like, ‘Holy crap, it doesn’t even matter.’ You work hard, you do all these different things, you’re striving to make good music, and it doesn’t even matter. It’s bugged out.

“It’s funny how life puts strings. You grab the next rope not knowing what’s going to happen. But something manifested off of that which was a great experience. It shows your timeline in life and where the forks in the road were.

“That record led to going into Select Records and doing everything on that. Then that’s when Fly Ty called us and we went into Cold Chillin’ and we got into working with Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane. One thing led to another. Those situations led to all of those different [opportunities].”

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