Royce Da 5’9” “Boom” (2002)

Producer: DJ Premier

Album: Rock City (Version 2.0)

Label: Game Recordings, Koch Records

Royce Da 5’9”: “Well that was a different process. I went to the studio to see Premier for something, I can’t remember what. He told me he had a beat for Capone-N-Noreaga, which was that beat. So he played it for me and I think I begged him for it. He was like, ‘You know what, I’ll just make them something else and I’ll let you take this one.’

“I was staying in Harlem. So I went to his crib that night and wrote it and went back the next day and laid it. And then I had the idea to put the ticking in there because obviously that’s what the concept is. So I asked him if I could add a clock ticking. That particular tick that he used wasn’t the one I was thinking in my head. The tick that he used reminded me of a [60 Minutes kind of tick].

“Premier played me beats all the time when I went up there. He’s always working on something. It was just something about that ‘Boom’ beat that just stuck out to me. Plus, I was under time restraints. I was trying to get stuff turned in so I would’ve took anything from him at that point. That beat was just retarded to me. Thank God he gave it to me!”