[SOHH highlights a hot record every week and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the smash in Singled Out. After Tee Stunna dissected his “Early In The Morning” music video, Arkatech Beatz’s Mike D talks producing Jadakiss’ “Realest In The Game” anthem.]

We’ve actually had a long relationship with Ruff Ryders. During the second coming of Ruff Ryders, we were actually going to sign with them as producers but that never transpired.

Throughout the years we’ve kept up with the management and associated with the camps. Even though the management has changed, we still find a way to keep up with their people that are close to us.

The record came about from me hearing the sample. I was sitting at home one day, heard the sample and then started putting the beat together. It wasn’t coming out the way I wanted it to come about so I kind of battled it for a few months.

I sat on it for a few months, went back to it, messed with it again, sat on it again for another few months. Sometimes you do that. There have been times where me and Jug will work on beats and we work on them individually and we’ll get it to where we want it and send it to the other person.

I could hear the potential in the record and after a few months, again, I went back to it. Creating records is all about vibes. I created the record, I was happy with what I had done. I sent it to Jug and he tweaked it and I think he changed the bottom 808s just to make it a more thicker, heavier bottom end and it was good from there.

We were just trying to figure out who would be the best person to rhyme on this record and the funny thing is that beat went around to a lot of different people – through A&Rs, management – someone said Jadakiss would sound good on it and I said, “He would. He can rhyme on anything.”

I hit him up directly, told him I had a record for him, he told me to send it and right away he was like, “It’s heat.”

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