“When I think about ‘Find a Way’ I think about Dilla. At that time, we started to really collaborate on things. I remember him having that track and me kind of taking it, finishing it off and adding certain things. We started getting into that way of working during this period, and that was a great thing because Dilla was really doing 80 percent of it while I was just adding my little thing here and there to take the track over.
When I did ‘The Love’ it just felt like the song title…it felt like true love. Originally, the song was supposed to be a track for Biggie (the Notorious B.I.G.). I did that one for him for his last album Life After Death. I came through to the studio to let him listen to the track and Biggie was like, ‘Damn B…I finished the album already. But let me hear it anyway; maybe I can still fuck with it.’ So I played it for him and Biggie was really feeling it. He told me, ‘Damn, I wish I could throw that song on there. But we finished the album…look at all these champagne bottles around.’ BIG was so funny [laughs].
I remember Biggie played me the original ‘Nasty Boy’ that had the ‘Nasty Girl’ sample on it that Prince wouldn’t clear. We were talking about Dilla because I had hooked them up when we met up at Busta Rhymes’ session. Dilla had used that Biggie line, ‘Twist your body round and round, upside down…’ So BIG and I were talking about that session, and he was like, ‘Well, we have to go in the studio earlier for my next album…you, me and Jay Dee. Let’s just rhyme out.’ That was one of the last things he said to me before he died.”