We Are The Streets → The Lox (2000)
“We had just got released from Bad Boy and we felt watered down. So we had fire in our chests. We knew if we got released and signed to Ruff Ryders that we were going to make our next album hard. We didn’t care about record sales. Ruff Ryders laid out the carpet for us to do what we wanted to do and say what we wanted to say. So We Are The Streets was just us venting. And the people ended up loving it.
‘Wild Out’ was a dangerous song when it came on in the clubs. Swizz Beatz killed us with this one. We remember people making big circles and just wilding out whenever it came on. ‘Wild Out’ was like the new Onyx…that ‘Slam.’ We got the same crazy, physical reaction energy wise. And then we got to do a DJ Premier track (‘Recognize”)! Once they told us, ‘Preemo has a beat for you and it’s ready,’ that was like Christmas. We got in there and the engineer turned that shit up and the beat didn’t even need any words on it! That’s when you know a song is going to be crazy. And Premier is one of the greatest DJ producers. The way he scratched those hooks in there was pancakes and butter. I think we succeeded with making a statement on this album.”