“There were occasions like a song like ‘Cha Cha Cha’ King of Chill wrote that with me. I didn’t have a problem with opening the door to someone writing with me at times. But I had to have my stamp in it, on it and all round it because I’m not just saying whatever someone writes. There were some things that were humorous in there that I didn’t write or didn’t like or thought was the hottest line I ever said. It was comical to me…like that line, ‘Well, well, well, I’ll be damned.’ But turned out that that’s one of the most memorable parts of ‘Cha Cha Cha.’ Whenever I perform it that’s the part that the whole crowd wants to say. So sometimes you have to get out of yourself and let a new way of approaching a rhyme happen.
The ‘Cappuccino’ remix [produced by Chuck D and Terminator X of Public Enemy] came about from P.E. finding me to do their ‘Night of The Living Baseheads’ video. By that time I had already seen them perform at Latin Quarters and I became a big fan. So to get that call from them was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy…this is dope…this is hot!’ I was doing a lot of touring during this period. It seemed like every tour I was on Big Daddy Kane was there. We had songs out at the same time. We still tour together. The last five years it’s been me, Kane, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh and occasionally we will have a Rob Base.
But back in ‘89 it was Public Enemy, Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Kool Moe Dee, Heavy D and Hammer! I remember there was a bill where there were 10 of us with Leaders of the New School and A Tribe Called Quest opening. There was Queen Latifah who brought Treach out before anyone had heard of a Naughty By Nature. This was all on one bill.
[I made] ‘Shut the Eff Up (Hoe)’ because she (Antoinette) was trying to play me [laughs]. She came out with this ‘Lights Out, Party’s Over’ and I was like, ‘Huh???’ But what is so funny about that is I met a very good guy in ’92 who became one of my best friends. Then we dated and we went back to being the great friends that we were meant to be. But he was part of the writing team that wrote Antoinette’s song to diss me [laughs]. He didn’t tell me that until a while later. I’ve only met Antoinette once throughout my existence. At that time we were at a club in New York called The World. We battled there and that was the end of it. I won the battle.
But the thing is it was more about me already having songs out. It was like Canibus coming for LL. I already had a fanbase that was really not having it because the fans get involved, don’t they? You can tell that with Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj now. The fans even talk a whole bunch of shit on my Twitter page. I’m like, ‘Wait a second…I don’t have anything to do with Kim Vs. Nicki.’ Can we make the focus team Lyte [laughs]?”