Trackmasters Tell All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records (Part 2)

50 Cent f/ The Madd Rapper "How To Rob" (1999)

Album: In Too Deep Soundtrack
Label: Columbia

Poke: “‘How to Rob’ was our street record to lead up to the single that we were about to put out with him and Destiny’s Child. It was just a street single.”

Tone: “That came about because he had another song where he made a reference to robbing someone and we said why don’t you make a whole record out of that. We did it in one night, we came back and were like this is fucking crazy.

"We had the Mad Rapper signed to Columbia at that time and adding him was a good way to make it a fun song that wasn’t so serious. It was too serious and there were rhymes that we had to take out.”

 

I seen Jay-Z in a club one night. We were friends by this point and he said ‘Yo whatsup with your man?’ I said, ‘Aww leave him alone. He's just playing around.’ He's like, ‘Naaah I’ll give him half a bar.’ And that’s what happened at Summer Jam. - Tone

 

Poke: “We took some people out of the record, like we took out the Mariah Carey disses. He did it much iller [than the final version] but it was like, ‘Nah, we can’t do that.’”

Tone: “I seen Jay-Z in a club one night. We were friends by this point and he said ‘Yo whatsup with your man?’ I said, ‘Aww leave him alone. He's just playing around.’ He's like, ‘Naaah I’ll give him half a bar.’ And that’s what happened at Summer Jam.”

Poke: “He knew that 50 was an artist of ours so he said, ‘I gotta say something.’ A lot of people took offence to that record. We told him to diss Trackmasters on the song because we didn’t want people to think that he's just going at people, we wanted them to think that he's having fun so he's even robbing his own dudes.”

Tone: “It was his dream of fucking an R&B bitch except it didn’t go over as smooth.”

Poke: “It was an immediate shock at radio because when they played it on Hot 97 it was over, everybody was talking about this record. It immediately got him noticed and that’s what we were looking for, attention.”

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