Producer: Marley Marl
Album: In Control, Vol. 1
Label: Cold Chillin'/Warner Bros.
Kool G Rap: "I was told by my manager at the time that Marley Marl wanted me to come to the crib. When I got there, Masta Ace and Craig G were there, but Big Daddy Kane wasn’t. Craig G and Ace had laid verses. Marley was like, 'Yo G, I need a strong verse on this.' So I do a long ass verse. The verse I put on there was the verse that you hear on 'The Symphony' connected to the first verse of 'Men At Work.' The tape ran off the rail so I had to shorten it.
One time, me, Kane, and L.L. Cool J were in a hotel room in Los Angeles spitting rhymes in a cypher. We must have spit like five verses apiece.
"These were the days when I would just write long ass verses in case I ever needed them for a cypher. I always kept an arsenal for when I needed it. Like one time, me, Kane, and L.L. Cool J were in a hotel room in Los Angeles spitting rhymes in a cypher. We must have spit like five verses apiece. I would just have the beat in my head when I wrote, and then when it came time to record I would see what verse fit the track the best.
"I am a little less prepared these days, because there is no need. I became more of an on the spot type of writer. If somebody wants me to come to the studio now, I write the verse then and there and lay down a classic.
"I was still there when Kane laid his verse down. When I heard that line, ‘Quarter in your ass cause you played yourself,’ I was like, ‘Oh shit, Kane killed that fucking line.’ He caught it on that song crazy.
"It’s an honor for me to be a part of something that people hold that dear in hip-hop history. It made legends."