If you know about hip-hop then surely you know about Jay Z’s freshman album Reasonable Doubt and the lyrical sparring that took place between Hov and The Notorious B.I.G. on “Brooklyn’s Finest,” recorded at the legendary D&D Studios.
Recently, the former Roc-A-Fella CEO Dame Dash chopped it up with Kenyatta Khari, of Hip-Hop Motivation, to share an absorbing story of how the classic tag-team track with hip-hop’s kings came to fruition.
“My favorite record was the one I produced with Clark Kent. Clark would try to act like I didn’t produce it — you should call him at some point, but it’s called “Brooklyn’s Finest… It was a whole lot to get Biggie in the studio — we didn’t really know each other.
“We would be like, ‘Yo, come through.’ Because we heard that he said that he knew Jay, but Jay didn’t really didn’t know him. But he came through one day and I got ridiculously drunk at the video set of “Dead Presidents… So, that day I went to Daddy’s House and spoke to Un (Rivera) and Biggs, and I was like, ‘Yo, forget all that. Lets get some money.’
“He was going to do a record with us. He came to D&D and I was telling Jay, ‘Don’t do your rhymes first. Let him rap first.’ But of course Jay had to go and blaze it super fast. And Biggie took about four months to put his verse down. It took a while. But it was dope because we got to hang out, and Cease would roll like 60 blunts before we started thinking about playing music. We got to hang out and talk and we got close in the process.”
Also during the interview, Dame discussed how Clark Kent ended up doing the hook, the crazy reaction that “Brooklyn’s Finest” received when Jay and Biggie performed the song at the Apollo and Diddy not clearing the track for a video to accompany the song.
Peep the entire interview below.