“Heavy D is family…that’s my real cuz. My career started because of him. He was the first believer. After him introducing me to everyone in the neighborhood people started to latch on to my DJ skills. I got a job DJ’ing at New York’s WBLS, and that just blew me away. I was the youngest DJ on the radio back in ’87. I think I was around 16 and I was Djing with Marley Marl on his In Control rap show! That was the greatest feeling in the world to be on the radio waves.
Was I worried about rapping on the same song as those great rappers like Kool G. Rap, Kane and Puba? Of course I was [laughs]. But like I said, Heavy is family. He used to always gas me like, ‘If you don’t do this rap I won’t do this with you anymore.’ He would encourage me to try different things. I used to sit in the studio when he was making Big Tyme and Peaceful Journey. ‘Don’t Curse’ came about because the actual sample was so funky. It was an old hit from Booker T. & the MG’s called ‘Hip Hugger.’ And it had that feel to Heavy like, ‘Hey, let me try to make a catchy song and get the hardest rappers to rhyme on the song and do them, but just leave the curses out.’ That was a great idea. Heavy is very intelligent when it comes to concepts.”