Album: Diplomatic Immunity
Label: Roc-A-Fella / Diplomat / Def Jam
Just Blaze: “For that record and for 'We Built This City,' the beat was sitting around for a long time. I didn't make that beat for anyone in particular. I had bought this dude's record collection. There was about 3000 records, and we put them all in storage except for one box.
“First things first, I never saw those records again. I put them in storage, and we forgot to pay the bill. That one box had that Major Harris record in there, and a lot of people don't realize that I sampled the live version of 'I Got Over Love' instead of the studio version.
“A lot of people don't know that, so when they go and do their originals mixtapes and whatnot, they play the studio version. If you listen to the studio version though, he never really says, 'I really mean it.' It's only on the live version.
“Anyway, it sat around for about a year. Cam, Jim and Juelz came to the studio one night, and they wanted to work. I hadn't seen them in a while, but they were like, 'What you got?' I didn't have anything that I had made for them specifically, but I had some old stuff and got them that.
“Cam left and Jim and Juelz did a record to it. I played a little bit of it two years ago on Shade 45. It was those two going back and forth, one of the first records where Jim really started rapping. Cam wasn't even on the record. He came in the next day and heard it and was like, 'Oh, nah, nah, nah. I'm taking this.'
“The whole beef with Nas had just started to pop off. It ended up being a Nas diss record to a certain degree. That bothered me a little bit, but the record was crazy. The record came out on a Funkmaster Flex mixtape, which is why you hear Jim say, 'Flex I got you.'
“Nas and Flex had beef a little bit at the time, so they were riding with Flex. On Flex's mixtape, it's actually playing too slow. If you listen to both of them, there's a pretty significant change. It irks me to this day, because every once in a while I come across somebody playing it off the Flex tape.”