DJ Muggs Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Cypress Hill "Boom Biddy Bye" (1995)

Album: III: Temples of Boom
Label: Ruffhouse Records
DJ Muggs: “We were in the studio fucking around, just putting on different sounds. I think Alchemist played that on the keyboard, if I remember right. He was a little kid, who would come by after school. He was hanging out with me. When I met him, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a cool kid.’ He wasn’t Alchemist yet, he was Mudfoot, a rapper. But he wanted to learn to make beats.

“He reminded me of me though, and I never had a big brother to be like, ‘Come with me, I’ll show you the game.’ I just let him be around, because I knew he was smart. And he would just be a sponge. I was making sure he was in the studio sessions, and making sure we took him on tour to sponge it up. And he would be in the studio going through records, like, ‘What do you think of this? This sample’s dope, you should use this one.’ And I think [‘Boom Biddy Bye’] was that kind of thing. And he ended up playing those on the keyboards.

 

[Alchemist] would just be a sponge. I was making sure he was in the studio sessions, and making sure we took him on tour to sponge it up. And he would be in the studio going through records, like, ‘What do you think of this? This sample’s dope, you should use this one.’

 

“I think me and B wrote the chorus together. The chorus was about a home invasion that happened to some people we knew. They had been tied up on the floor and shit.

“But the shit was kind of jazzy, and we ended up doing the remix with The Fugees. We did the video in New York. They didn’t want to push it out big, and they didn’t Lauryn on it, because The Fugees were so big, and everyone wanted a piece of them at the time. So me and Wyclef went into the studio in L.A. and did the remix. He pretty much did it, I was just like, ‘Yeah, that’s it right there,’ helping him and Jerry Wonder out a little bit. Super cool cats. It was fun.”

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