9th Wonder: "I met Murs in May of 2003. I linked up with him through Ian Davis. He put Murs on the phone and Murs was like, ‘Yo, I really want to rock with you.’ Murs was one of the first people I called when I was going to do The Black Album for Jay-Z and he was like, ‘So, I guess we’re not going to do my record, huh?’ And I was like, 'Nah, we’re going to do it.’
“Murs came out to North Carolina in November of 2003. I picked him up from the airport, and recorded Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition in six days. I don’t fuck around.
"I wanted the album to sound like Death Certificate because I wanted him to capture what was going on at the time. And Murs has a West Coast twang to his voice. And that’s what I wanted. So for ‘Bad Man!” we had The Mighty Diamonds sample, and just ran through it. Same thing with 'Pain,' which I used a Buddy Miles record for, and that was a beat that I already made.
"Production-wise I wanted the beat for 'Walk Like A Man' to change because that's what Primo did so many times on 'Speak Ya Clout.' I remember when we did '3:16,' Phonte was like, 'Yo, come on dude. You're giving away some heat.' [Laughs.] Overall, the record had ten songs because Illmatic only had ten songs. So we wanted to keep it short."