“I remember spending nights in the Green House studios in Manhattan and waking up with ideas while we were working on Mecca & The Soul Brother. I would wake up, run to the back of the room and make music. Green House was my home away from home. I had the key to the city with that studio. Green Street was also the place where the Bomb Squad did a lot of their music. They recorded Ice Cube’s Amerikkka’s Most Wanted there and I witnessed some of the tracks being made. It was crazy to see all the equipment they were using; just seeing a bunch of guys behind the boards working on tracks.
I loved the way the singer’s voice came off on the record [I sampled for] ‘Straighten It Out.’ It felt a certain way to me. I chopped it up, used the vocals for the chorus, and had C.L. rhyme over it. As for ‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),’ I realized the song was going to mean a lot to people when I got extremely emotional in the studio as I was making the beat and mixing the song down. The final mix made me cry because I had lost a close friend Trouble T-Roy, who was Troy Dixon one of the dancers for Heavy D & The Boyz. ‘Reminisce’ was a tribute to him.
Troy was a guy that grew up with us in the neighborhood. He had the element of everything in one person. He was a street guy, a community person…he taught me how to do a lot of things…he taught me how to stand up for myself. He died when him and one of Kid ‘N Play’s people were playing around by the edge of the stage and throwing empty garbage cans at each other. He slipped and fell 20 feet. That was the worst thing that could have happened to us.
The music for ‘Reminisce…’ just spoke to my soul. I was looking for something to dedicate to Troy and I came across the sample from a good friend. He showed me the record and I explored the music on the album. I knew the song was special when I seen the reaction from the record label and from friends and people who I would play it for. I have never seen that emotional reaction from people before in my life about a rap song. People say ‘Reminisce…’ is the greatest hip-hop song of all time. I can’t say that. But I think it’s one of the greatest songs Pete Rock has ever done in his entire life. I climbed to the top of the mountain with that one. I think Troy was somewhere enjoying every minute of it.”