Safe + Sound (1995)
“I inadvertently shouted out MC Eiht from Compton's Most Wanted out on a mixtape. I didn’t do it in a disrespectful way because they were already successful. We were proud of anybody that came out of Compton. I respected Eiht. But when Eiht started dissing me, it was personal. That hurt my feelings…I’m not even going to lie. We just got dissed by Tim Dog (who made the incendiary diss record ‘Fuck Compton’), who didn’t even know us, and now I’m getting dissed by MC Eiht, a dude that grew up less than a mile from me. I couldn’t believe it. We kept going at it for two years. It was uncomfortable. He put out another record dissing me again and that was enough. I was hell bent.
I did [the single] ‘Dollaz & Sense’ for Safe + Sound. I was having physical fights while I was recording that album. That’s how over done I was with anger. That was a very dark period for me. And when I finished with that record all that anger was out of me. But honestly, ‘Dollaz & Sense’ wasn’t just about Eiht. I just channeled all my anger to his name. But it was also about the people around me. I was trying to take care of everybody. People were taking shit for granted.
Around the time, 2nd II None had started bringing Suge Knight around to the studio. Suge knew what I was doing. But I didn’t know he was going against Eazy because it wasn’t my business. Suge promised me the world, so I started working with him. I saw what he was building at Death Row, and I thought, ‘Oh…Dr. Dre is going to be there? Maybe I can establish myself over there.’ I was looking at it as a great business venture, and it was to an extent. I had Suge talking to Profile Records on my behalf because I didn’t understand all of the contract stuff. I was like, ‘If you can have them give me my royalty check, we are all good.’ So Suge got me some bread and before you know it we were cool.
The crazy thing is, outside of Safe + Sound, some of the business that was going on was crazy. Jimmy Iovine and Suge offered me and 2nd II None a production deal at Interscope. The number was so high that it freaked out Dion (a member of 2nd II None). He thought it was the devil…he was like, ‘Oh, they are trying to buy our souls!’ And I was like, ‘Man, are you stupid [laughs]?’ But Dion was like, ‘I have to go to God and ask him.’ I just told him, ‘You better go to the bank and cash this check. What are you doing this for? You are an idiot [laughs].’ But Dion turned the deal down. So we both lost the deal and I went back to Profile.
It ended up with me being a work-for-hire at Death Row, mixing all of those Tupac records and making sure all of the stuff got into the vault. I started cataloging those Death Row records and Suge gave me a handsome fee for that. But when I started seeing that Death Row was becoming run by gangbangers, that’s when I left. It didn’t rest well on my spirit. If I would have kept fucking around with Death Row I knew I would end up in a box.”