[With the star-studded "I’m Nice” anthem leaking yesterday (August 13), battle rap king Murda Mook gives SOHH readers the inside scoop on how he managed to get LL Cool J, Raekwon and Ron Browz all on the same track.]
People are tired of dudes that can’t rap. It’s a lot of dudes out here. I was just on the phone with Busta Rhymes the other day and he was asking me to give him some ideas of people he should put on records that he’s got. He wants some real rappers. It was so hard for me to think of real rappers. New, real rappers. It kind of bugged me out. I’m saying that to say that there’s not a lot of rappers out there right now.
LL actually hit my phone and I was just chilling. I was like, “Yo, who is this?” And he was like, “What up, it’s LL.” I was like, “What?! LL Cool J?” He just told me the idea and I already had the record with Raekwon on it. Me and Rae, Rae is like a mentor to me. He’s like a big brother and Rae’s been holding me down throughout the years. I already had the record from Ron Browz and I told Rae, “Yo Rae, get on this.” So I told LL, “Yo, I think I got the perfect joint for you.” So when I went to the studio with him, I had played it and LL was like, “This is it!”
But I had already had the record. Me and LL actually wrote the verse in the studio together and that was like some phenomenal sh*t. People don’t even do that anymore. It’s so much e-mailing back and forth that you don’t even get that vibe. It was so competitive. He’s the teacher and I’m the student trying to show him like, “Yo, here I am.” He’s trying to show me, “Yo, Mook, relax. I’ve been doing this type sh*t.”
It was just that competitive bold feel that I had always heard about but never got a chance to experience or be a part of it because I’m younger. I used to always hear about the feel of rappers being in the studio and just the competitive energy so I got to finally experience that firsthand. It was just that amazing sh*t and that’s how that record actually came about.
Shout-out to Ron Browz, Raekwon the Chef and LL for throwing me on there. It’s actually his record now. After the record was done, he was like, “Yo bro,” and as soon as he said that, I already knew and said, “You can keep it.” He was like, “Let me put this on my album. This sh*t is too hot.”
It’s just that bold, New York-feel record. It’s just hard. Lyrically. It’s nothing too extra. You have to know how to rap to be on that.
Check out “I’m Nice”: