“Back then, I thought I could go platinum. I thought I could reach that shit. But honestly, gold was fine for me. But when Doc’s da Name went platinum I was like, ‘Oh shit! I can do this!’ I tired to treat the album like I was doing Muddy Waters, but with new kind of music. It worked out for me. When I drop a song like ‘Da Goodness’ (featuring Busta Rhymes) in a live show it comes on like it was in a club. People go crazy when that song comes on. This was also the time I was on the Hard Knock Life tour. Before this, me and Method Man were already cool. We figured each other out during the Month of the Man promotional campaign that Def Jam was doing.
That was one of the greatest promotional tours ever on Def Jam. It was a very smart tour. So me and Meth were in-tuned before the Hard Knock Life tour. Being on that tour, there was a connection with everybody. Everybody was one even though we went onstage at different times. We got the chance to let Jay-Z and a DMX, who was huge back then as well, to see how Meth and I got down. We were coming onstage way early with motherfuckers were placing the chairs up. Yet we still got heavy reviews like, ‘Red and Meth has one of the best shows on that tour.’ It was a good connection. We got to sit in each other’s dressing room and see where each other’s head was it from Ja Rule to Jay-Z to DMX…just going state to state and being a unit. That just brought my crew and Meth’s crew more closer. That’s what led to the Blackout album.”