Album: The Natural
Producer: Irv Gotti
Ja Rule: “‘Time to Build’ was a special record because at the time none of us were who we were. We were all just raw and new. Mic was the star. That was the beginning of something special. You can hear the hunger in our voices. We really wanted it a lot. I listen to it still.
It was funny because Jay and X, you couldn’t get those two in the same room. They hated each other.
“It was a great moment for me and my career. I was probably 18—really young, hungry, and wanting to win. Being on a record with a great group of MCs and to hold your own—that’s what hip-hop is about. We were all very competitive all the way throughout our careers.
“But [Murder Inc.] didn’t start there. The idea didn’t come about there. That was just us being on a record together. Gotti knew each one of us and wanted to put us on a record with Mic. That was his guy at the time and he was pushing Mic. He really was just wanting to make a great record for Mic. It was funny because Jay and X, you couldn’t get those two in the same room. They hated each other.”