DJ Muggs Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 2)

GZA "Queen's Gambit" (2005)

Album: Grandmasters
Label: Angeles Records, Method Recordings 

DJ Muggs: “With that one, he went in, and wrote down the name of every [NFL] football team, and wrote a song about women. Again, it was like, ‘How do you think of this shit?’ A lot of times, you’re like, ‘Oh, I could’ve done that, or thought of that.’ But really, how did he think of that shit? That’s the shit that inspires you, man, at another mental level that you can’t even fathom.

“That was another simple beat. He came in, and I played it, and it took a minute. I saw his notes. He had all the teams listed, and was working it out. It was more of a puzzle, instead of just sitting and actually writing it. I saw him putting it together, with little pieces on the paper, moving them around. I think he left two teams out. I didn’t hear it, but some kid [commented somewhere] like, ‘You left two teams out!’ Fucking kid went and figured it out.”

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