Album: The Last Temptation
Producer: Irv Gotti
Ja Rule: “Bob! Crazy Bob. I've known Bob for a long time. Him and Whitney. I always was a fan of Bobby Brown’s music. I wanted to do something with him. So when I came up with the ‘Thug Lovin’ hook, which was also Stevie Wonder–inspired [by ‘Knocks Me Off My Feet’], I said, ‘Shit, let me let somebody that I’ve wanted to do a record for a long time, someone that needs a friend.’
Dudes were making jokes, trying to be funny talking about Whitney Houston's addictions and Bob. I'm like, 'Yo, let me get away from dudes before I punch somebody in the mouth.'
“So I called up Bob. Bob came in the studio and laid it down. He did his thing on the record. We did the video. Bob caught a lot of flack for the wired-up jaw and all that. That’s Bob. I wouldn't expect Bob to be nobody else but Bob. I love him for that. We had a good time doing that video. I remember us shutting down Hollywood Blvd. That’s not done easily.
“I haven't spoke to Bob in a long time, but we still cool. When Whitney died, that was devastating. You just never expect people to go that soon. You never know when people are going to pass. It’s just sad. We watched it [in jail]. But I didn't want to—it was touchy for me.
"Dudes were making jokes, trying to be funny and shit talking about her addictions and Bob. I'm like, Yo, let me get away from dudes before I punch somebody in the mouth. I had to let dudes know she’s a friend. I just couldn't watch it. It was depressing.”