Caught this, of all places, on MySpace. Didn’t know the site still existed lol..Here’s the group take on working with Pete Rock on “If You Got Love”…
Ill Bill: I’m pretty sure Pete Rock brought the SP-1200 to the studio—we recorded that song in Battery and that was a treat ’cause so many great albums were made in that studio. We didn’t talk about Pete Rock doing a verse on the song, but the part he does on the hook was always real important for me to get that and have him do it. He was with it. I envisioned his voice saying that in my head and once it was done it sounded even better than I had envisioned it sounding like.
Goretex: Working with Pete Rock was definitely another good memory. At this point we were being very picky for the better of the album—we weren’t just trying to pick people who were hot. We were being very specific, even down to the music that was being sampled. Pete played us a lot of beats and, I’ll be honest with you, I’m definitely not a “yes man” and if I’m not feeling it, I’m not gonna put on a mask and say it’s ill just because Pete Rock did it. He played a lot of beats that were great but just weren’t for us—they just didn’t have that thing that really fit the Non Phixion vibe. We didn’t want to break his balls and annoy him and ask him for a hundred beats, but we explained that we’d know the vibe when we heard it. Eventually then he sent us the beat that became “If You Got Love” and it worked out dope.
DJ Eclipse: Pete Rock was quick, so quick. He did his thing and he’d just hit buttons [in the studio]. The track he gave to us, the way he chopped up that sample, it was crazy to see that. We knew the original [sample], but to hear how he chopped it up and see him hitting it out on the keys, it was so dope, man.
Goretex: Me being the fanboy that I am, I got to ask Pete Rock certain things about production on Mecca & The Soul Brother. To me that’s such an influential album, even with C.L. Smooth. When people talk about influence, I can’t say C.L. made me rhyme a certain way, but he was dope because he was broadening the vocabulary and the cadences that hip-hop was using. As far as samples on that album, I was just trying not to annoy Pete Rock by asking too much. I didn’t want to go too deep so that he was like, “Yo, this guy won’t shut the fuck up.” But he was open to everything I asked him, like why he picked this bassline to go with this and that. He was really cool about everything and I think we hit it off. We definitely smoked out, we definitely got a bunch of that blueberry kush and we meditated.
Sabac Red: Pete Rock was very dope. I remember a lot of conversations with him and one story he told us about working with Big Pun. I loved Big Pun—he was amazing to me—and I remember Pete Rock telling us a story about going to Big Pun’s crib and trying to get him out of bed and saying, “Hey, Pun, come on, we’ve got to get to the studio to do this track.” He told us how Pun went to the studio eating all this salami and guzzling this two liter bottle of soda but yet he spit this verse that was all in one take and absolutely amazing.
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