Trackmasters may have dominated the urban airwaves in the '90s and early 2000s, but you won't hear too much of their new music on the radio anymore. Sure, Poke and Tone are still active in the game and are currently working with LL Cool J on his new album, but they aren't simultaneously locking out every single major studio in New York City like they used to.
"We’re not being inspired to make music because of the playing field and the course that music has taken," says Poke. "A lot of people may look at it as ‘hating.’ And yes, I'm a hater—I'm hating wack music. I'm not the only one saying it because there are plenty of people who feel the same way."
That might make them sound bitter, but they have no reason to be. Today, they sit comfortably as two of the all time great rap producers. They went on an incredible run and made some of the biggest and best hits the genre has ever seem. Many of those songs were highlighted in part one of our epic conversation with the duo, where they talked about the early parts of their career and how they came up in the game. But we also talked about their years on top producing smash hits for Will Smith, helping Foxy Brown become a star, and nurturing a young 50 Cent.
Trackmasters also spoke about their years as executives at Columbia Records and how a petty snub involving Paul McCartney signaled the end of their tenure. They opened up about the disaster that was Jay-Z and R. Kelly's Best of Both Worlds album too, revealing how the duo's tour was doomed from the start and what really happened at the infamous NYC concert where R. Kelly claimed he "feared for his life."
Read on for the stories behind the making of several rap classics, straight from the source.
As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)