Album: 400 Degreez
Mannie Fresh: “The crazy thing was the song was probably a year and a half old. Juvenile was already doing that song in clubs, but it didn’t have that beat to it, so it didn’t have the impact. It was more like a DJ backspinning and him saying his rhymes, but no music on top of it. I was just like, 'Dude, that song is so incredibly cool, you just gotta figure it out how you make it touch everybody.'
I figured, how do we get everything? If we put 808 drums under this with the bounce, we got the hood. We got to get white America too, how do we do that?
“I figured, how do we get everything? If we put 808 drums under this with the bounce, we got the hood. We got to get white America too, how do we do that? I was like, 'If we put some classical music on there, not only are you going to get young kids [but white America too].' I remember Sharon Stone commenting about 'Back Dat Azz Up' like, 'That’s my favorite song,' and I’m like, 'You got Sharon Stone backing that ass up? You arrived.'
“I definitely smiled when I was making that record. I was like, ‘This right here, this the one.’ It’s one of them songs that will go on for forever. If I went up against a whole gang of tough ass DJs, I would open my set up with 'Back Dat Azz Up,' like, 'It’s over. Who want with me?' Every producer dreams of a 'Back Dat Azz Up.' Not to discredit 'Ha,' but 'Ha' does not have that feel to it. I’m pretty sure I can’t play 'Ha' at a Bar Mitzvah and kids know it. They’ll be like, 'I don’t know that, but I know ‘Back Dat Azz Up!’"