Album: Uptown 4 Life
Mannie Fresh: “There’s places where I’ve been like, 'I can’t believe ya’ll know the lyrics to this song.’ I could be in the Buzzard Nuts, Arkansas, and drop 'Drag Em From the River' and people know it. I guess it’s one of those songs that floated around.
“Mystikal had one of these songs where he took jabs at UNLV, the dude Yella. He would be like, 'Yella! Ya coward hearted.' He would make all these references to this dude Yella who was in UNLV, so Yella was like, 'Okay, I’m gonna’ sit on it.' Yella wasn’t a good rapper, but he had the streets. They loved this dude.
Juvenile said that was one of his favorite beats and the song that made him want to come to Cash Money.
“So when he did the 'Drag Em From the River' song it was brutal. At the time it was this guy Chuck who owned the record label, and everybody knew this, and when he said the line, 'I’ma drag ’em from the river dump his body in Chuck’s yard,' everybody already knew this dude because New Orleans is a little small town, and everybody was like, 'Damn he went at his head.'
“Juvenile said that was one of his favorite beats, and the song that made him want to come to Cash Money. That’s how he got to use the beat. I still had the reel, so when he brung it up, he did his song over it. He’s like, 'You don’t even know how much I love this song. This was one of my favorite songs.' I’m like, 'OK, do what you want to do on it.’ So when they came out it was one of those songs that changed Cash Money as well. Like, 'Oh yeah, we know we got it.'”