Album: The Professional
Label: Desert Storm, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Swizz Beatz: “We did the ‘Ruff Ryders Anthem (Remix)’ for DJ Clue’s album, The Professional. The song was hot and Clue was too. He suggested we do a remix and he said he was going to promote it.
“We were cool with Clue and everybody was hyped to do it because the Clue mixtapes were a big deal. So he was able to keep it for his album and we could still use it for what we wanted. I just wish there was a video for it. That was the first ‘Scenario’ [type] record.
“I don’t like remixes. Certain classic songs should stay the way they are. It’s rare that you’ll hear a Swizz Beatz remix. I’m not the remix king, I like to do original compositions. On that song you hear me switch up the kick but I never changed the vibe too much.
“Even with ‘World War III’—when I took the beginning of that and made it a remix—I still kept the vibe. I never switched up the entire beat. I guess I’ve got the demo-itis, where I hear something and just like hearing it that way.”