Stevie J linked up with Mouf Breeva, producer Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie, and a piece of glorious caucasian ass inside the Compound Entertainment Midnight Brunch following the 2013 Grammys on Sunday night (February 10).
Years before waving his cane to part Joseline Hernandez’s thighs like the Red Sea nightly, Black Moses had an instrumental role in creating platinum hits for the likes of Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, R.Kelly and LL Cool J in the late 90′s and early 2000′s as part of Bad Boy Entertainment’s legendary The Hitmen production team.
Here’s what the ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ reality star had to share with XXL about a few of the standout songs in his discography:
The Notorious B.I.G. “Mo Money Mo Problems,” Life After Death (1997)
That was actually Mason Betha’s idea [to sample Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out"]. We all came from Basketball City. We was hangin’ out a little bit that day. He came in the studio and was like, “I got one for the album right here. Sample this.” Put the record on, smashed it. [I] replayd the guitar sample, replayed the bass on it. I put the bass on it. That was it. The beat was done in literally 20 minutes. I mean, it was actually cool for me [to sample such a big song] because it was like playin’ the same instruments on the record so when you drop the sample out, that’s when the magic happens. I’ve never been opposed to samplin’. But now, and that era, it’s all about new things, new records, new classics, just a new way of doing everything.
Jay-Z “Ride Or Die,” Hard Knock Life, Vol. 2 (1998)
I didn’t find out that [Jay-Z] was gonna diss Ma$e on it until Puff come walking in on my session, like, “Yo, I need to talk to you.” You know, with the look that he had, I was like, “Damn, I did somethin’ and shit?” We go in the vocal booth, he’s like, “Yo, you know, the Jay-Z record you did, he’s talkin’ about Ma$e.” I’m like, “No. I didn’t know nothin’ about it. All I know is he gave me 50 grand.” Me and Ma$e was in the same building. We were in the Hit Factory, so I went to Ma$e like, “I didn’t know.” I wouldn’t be part of no fuckery against the brotherhood. I had to make sure everything was cool with Ma$e. I had no knowledge that it was gonna go down like that. I wouldn’t have been on no bullshit like that. [I told Jay-Z] come on, you can’t throw me in no beef like that, especially when I’m producin’ the record for you and [you’re dissing] Ma$e. But you know, what’s done is done.
Eve Feat. Gwen Stefani “Blow Your Mind,” Scorpion (2001)
I had no parts in making the beat, but on the writing side, on the hook and the verse. [My] Pen game [is] crazy. Gwen was not there. It was me, Dr. Dre, Scott Storch, Mike Elizondo and Eve in the studio. It was bananas and it was great to be in the studio with Dr. Dre and Eve.