“Honestly, I always wanted to work with Premier. But the A&R people at my record label refused to pay him the money he was asking for. They didn’t feel like he was worth the money and that’s just the truth. That was some personal stuff on the A&R tip that unfortunately we weren’t able to see that through. But I have to say that I got the ‘Wonder Years’ beat by default. It was a beat that Jay-Z was supposed to get but he didn’t use it for whatever reason. So let’s start from that perspective right there.
I got the beat, wrote to it and went to a very good friend of mine’s studio on 53rd St. and I invited Preemo to come up while I recorded the lyrics. He came by and afterwards he was like, ‘Damn Lyte…you sure?’ And I’m like, ‘What do you mean am I sure?’ He was like, ‘You just going for the throat…but I guess it’s good because you didn’t say any names.’ But everyone knows who I was talking about.
Nonetheless, we walked out of the studio without a hook on the song. Almost two years later, Preemo called me up from the studio like, ‘Yo Lyte, my NYT boys love this record.’ I said, ‘Alright…tell them to put a hook on it.’ They put a hook on the record and it was done literally the day after. But that’s how long that record sat.”