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

Will Smith "Miami" (1998)

Album: Big Willie Style
Label: Sony

Tone: “‘Miami’ is funny because we were almost finished with the damn record and we wanted a Spanish girl to say ‘Bienvenidos a Miami’ which means ‘Welcome to Miami’ in Spanish.

“We were at the Hit Factory so we went downstairs, right outside the studio, and I'm standing outside basically asking girls, ‘Do you want to be on a song?’ I was just asking Spanish girls and they thought I was crazy. Finally, I found one. They knew who Will Smith was and they came upstairs.”

Poke:“They didn’t believe that Will Smith was there.”

 

We wanted a Spanish girl to say ‘Bienvenidos a Miami.’ We were at the Hit Factory so we went downstairs, right outside the studio. I'm standing outside asking girls, ‘Do you want to be on a song?’ - Tone

 

Tone: “That whole album was an eye-opening experience because we didn’t realize how irresponsible the music business was. Say we got a session that starts at six o’clock. In the music business that means eight or even nine o’clock.

“But Will wanted to work one to six or seven o’clock and that was it. He would be in studio waiting for us at 1 o’clock. When 7 o'clock hit he was like, ‘Okay, guys I'm out.’ So it was kinda tough because it was like we’re not gonna get any work done [but we made it work].

“That was a fun album to make. When it was lunch time it was lunch time. He would stop like, ‘I gotta eat lunch.’ And we are big, we ate like kings with Will. I think that was the eye opener to how Hollywood operates and how the music biz operates. But it was a great time we had a good time with Will.”

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