Album: Muggs Presents The Soul Assassins Chapter 1
DJ Muggs: “I was a big Goodie Mob fan. I flew them out to L.A. to do the song. Played them the beat, and Cee Lo wasn’t feeling it. Cee Lo’s a musical guy, so he was used to the Dungeon Family. Very musical, very soul, very funk. Gipp spit on it. Khujo, T-Mo, and then here comes Cee Lo, who didn’t like the beat, [and he spits] the sickest fucking verse. Maybe his sickest ever. Then when [his verse] got ‘Rhyme of the Month’ in The Source, he was like, ‘Larry, it’s not as bad as I thought it was.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, motherfucker! I told you that shit was sick!’
“That rhyme was so ill, that’s why I pulled the beat out. I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me, dude?’ The emotions I felt from that rhyme when I pulled the beat out and was listening to what he was saying? Any year, and period, that rhyme is timeless.
Marley Marl and Pete Rock, when they had their show [on Hot 97], they played it, and they pulled it off [before it was over]. They didn’t get the South [over a New York style beat]. And that was my thing, to put them over that type of beat.
“I think Marley Marl and Pete Rock, when they had their show [on Hot 97], they played it, and they pulled it off, like, ‘What’s this shit?’ They didn’t get the South [over a New York style beat]. And that was my thing, to put them over that type of beat. We were the second group [to mix the New York style production with out of town rappers].
“The first was obviously when Ice Cube came over with the Bomb Squad. That was New York and L.A. That was like, ‘Wow, this is some new shit.’ Then us, and me being all into the New York shit, and Cypress being in New York and L.A., and mixing those styles. So we pulled the Goodie Mob into that from the South over a New York style beat. And I was like, ‘Wow, I want to do a whole record with them.’
“And I built a relationship with them, where I did ‘Inshallah’ for them [on their Still Standing album]. That was ridiculous. Rico Wade played the whole song. Beat was sick. And I did a couple other songs with them for the Bamboozled soundtrack.”