Album: Tha Carter III
Label: Universal Motown, Cash Money
The Alchemist: “I sent it to him to get on it and then he said, ‘I’d like to use it on my album’ and I made the wise decision to agree. He hoped on ‘Who Can I Trust’ with Cormega which I produced with my man Jonathan Lightly for the Violator compilation.
“They came to New York and they were the Hot Boys still and I can’t sit here and say like, ‘Yo I knew he was the one!’ but he always has been super dope and anytime we’d ever see him anywhere with Mobb Deep the love was always reciprocated. ‘We fuck with you. We fuck with you too.’ It was always, ‘Yo I gotta get you some beats’ in passing.
“He’s just like amazing, it’s hard to even pinpoint when it happened. He was so ill that people were trying to say he had ghostwriters. That’s how you know your ill, like, ‘Somebody else had to have written that.’ Like, nope, he wrote it. He's capable and he's taken his shit to new heights.
Numerous times I had a beat I wanted somebody to get on, they weren’t tripping on it, and I was like, ‘Yo can you get on this for my project?’ Then they record it and the next day the call you like, ‘Nah we gotta keep this, this is hot.’ So sometimes I gotta do a Jedi-Mind trick.
“It's definitely an honor to have contributed to a project with him. I'm never afraid to send him any type of beat. Like some artists you would say, ‘Oh I gotta send them certain types cause I know that’s what they are looking for.’ I feel like he's such an artist that I could send him anything. Wayne is ill.
“A lot of beats that I use people don’t see the light [the first time I play it]. I'm not saying they think it’s weak, they just don’t see it. Numerous times I had a beat I wanted somebody to get on, they weren’t tripping on it, and I was like, ‘Yo can you get on this for my project?’ Then they record it and the next day the call you like, ‘Nah we gotta keep this shit, this shit is hot.’
“So sometimes I gotta do a Jedi-Mind trick. That’s what happened with this song. That was supposed to be for my album, even Juelz and Fab got on that for my album because they weren’t fucking with it like that. I sent that to Fab and said, ‘Can you get on this for my album?’ He recorded it and then said, ‘Nah I want to keep it.’
“I can remember times with 50 when me and P played him songs. P would play him a Mobb Deep song and be like, ‘I need that beat.’ Once he hears someone rhyming on it they see it. You get used to that. What I do is just play beats over and over for people until they go, ‘You played me that already,’ and I go, ‘Alright, he's not one of those guys.’”