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Album: Grand Champ
Label: Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Swizz Beatz: “I think we recorded ‘Get It On The Floor’ in New York. I can’t really recall. We did that quick. We were moving 100 miles per hour back then. I just wanted to get X back in the clubs with another mainstream record that people could relate to.
“I was like, ‘We should go back to the basics and get back in the club. We haven’t had nothing in the club for a while.’ I thought ‘Get It On The Floor’ was the perfect song for that time. It wasn’t ‘Party Up’ or ‘Ruff Ryders Anthem,’ but it still held a lot of weight. It was the best song for him and for us.
“X is like my brother. We did everything together: Gambling, stick-ups…we were going crazy. I’m a changed man, trust me. People don’t understand, it was showtime. I’m glad I didn’t let that image overshadow how people feel about me now. It’s easy to get caught up in that street, thug life label. One of the best things I did was keep that a little under the tuck.
“People knew my family was Ruff Ryders. They knew I wasn’t soft but I don’t come off as a tough guy. I don’t act tough because I feel like all the real gangstas are people that are about their business, they don’t want problems. Most of the killers are the coolest people. They’re the ones chilling, having fun. They’re not walking around mean mugging. Those are usually the people faking and fronting.
“So my thing was, ‘Man, I don’t have no problems with people.’ I knew how to carry myself. I’m wasn’t putting myself in those positions because it’s a bad investment for me to have a problem with you. If I saw something it was like, ‘Yo, let me chill.’
“Sometimes I’d be telling someone who’s acting crazy, ‘You know, you probably want to leave that alone.’ They thought they were winning but it was really me preventing them from having a problem. As long as you don’t put your hands on me or talk to me too crazy, I’m probably going to let you slide because I’m focused on the bigger picture.
“I didn’t always have those plans in my head. My fuse was shorter. That’s what X liked about me. He’d say, ‘Set it.’ [Snaps fingers] Instant. He be like, ‘There he go right there.’ [Snaps fingers] Instant.
“That came from me growing up in the South Bronx, doing my thing for the older dudes in the hood. I used to be the one that was like, ‘That’s him right there? Alright, you taking the bike? Cool.’ I was always down. I just grew up like that. But now I can control it. I keep that for emergencies, that shit ain’t nothing to brag about.”