I know you’ve said that 40 Acres was your favorite joint off the album, but what was your favorite song other than that?
Other than that it’s so much. I mean, it’s King Push, Numbers [On The Boards] and Nosetalgia. They have a real (pauses in thought)... Numbers came out a very controversial time. It was dropped on the heels, I think of like (Jay Z’s) Open Letter or something from Hov and Timbaland. It wasn’t necessarily time for Numbers to come out but, sometimes (when you) see somebody with the caliber of production of Timbaland and Jay Z putting out a record that people are gunna feel is true to hip hop. I feel like I’m making true hip hop too with Kanye West. So it’s like, sometimes you have to put things out prematurely so that you’ll even be in the conversation. I feel like that Numbers On The Board was the conversation starter for people to be like, ‘Wait a minute, he could have album of the year.’
Other than Numbers On The Board, I felt like S.N.I.T.C.H and King Push we so hard. Those two and Pain.
Pain was a very personal record, I love that record a lot. I think people can sort of tell even in the way we were putting out these records, we were just exciting when did them. When we did them, it was like ‘man, this is banging’ (makes flying motion with his hand) and it was gone. We want people to digest and live with the music and we weren’t scared of letting people hear it.