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Album: Muggs Presents The Soul Assassins Chapter 1
DJ Muggs: “I was in the studio with Mobb Deep the day before we recorded with RZA and GZA, and the beat for [‘Third World’] came on by accident. And Prodigy was like, ‘Yo, I want that one!’ But I was like, ‘Nah, I made that for RZA and GZA.’ And he was like, ‘Aww, why you play it for me?! Don’t play me nothin’ you’re giving to other people.’ [Laughs.]
“Then I played [the one they ended up using], and Havoc liked that shit, so Havoc set it off. So he kicked the first verse and the hook, then Pee came in and did his thing. And I remember their A&Rs Schott Free and Matt Life came in, and they didn’t know it was for my album. They thought it was for the new Mobb album, so they were pumped up. This is ‘96, so I guess they were working on Hell on Earth. Then when they found out it was for my album, someone at Loud was like, ‘This ain’t gonna come out.’
Their A&Rs Schott Free and Matt Life came in, and they didn’t know it was for my album. They thought it was for the new Mobb album, so they were pumped up. This is ‘96, so I guess they were working on Hell on Earth. Then when they found out it was for my album, someone at Loud was like, ‘This ain’t gonna come out.’
“But Bigga B was at Loud, and he was like, ‘It’s coming out.’ Bigga B went to UNLV and played football with Suge [Knight]. He was bigger than Suge. He died of a heart attack, passed away. But he made sure it all happened. That record wouldn’t have happened without him. He’d [tell artists], ‘You gotta come to the studio. No, the studio’s booked, you gotta be there.’
“They were cool in the studio. Lotta 40s, lotta weed. When I walked in, Havoc was asleep on the drum machine. You know when you walk into someone’s lair, and there are like ten homies in there, like, ‘Who the fuck is this?’ But everyone was cool. Havoc laid his shit quick. Then when Pee went in to lay his shit, and someone was asleep in the vocal booth. And he was like, ‘Yo come on dun, wake up. I’m trying to lay my vocals.’ [Laughs.] And he kicked his shit, and we listened to that shit over and over.
“I could have put in bass lines and started producing the song more, but there was something about it raw. Just drums and a loop. There was the one keyboard I played, and then maybe total six tracks of music. That was it.”