“React” (2002)—Erick Sermon feat. Redman
“I actually did this record years before it came out. I want to say I did it in the late ‘90s I don’t want to use the phrase ahead of my time like I’m some kind of genius or something. But I made that song before the Middle Eastern music craze had really started. I think it was so early that everyone I tried to give that song to didn’t know what to do with it. The first person to try to take it was Method Man. And then some how Jermaine Dupri ended up with it. And he was trying to do something with it unbeknownst to me, but he couldn’t figure out what to do with the hook. That was the thing… everybody loved the beat, but nobody knew what to do with the hook.
So when Erick Sermon was wrapping his album up he needed a single. Redman happened to have the beat on CD so he passed it on to Erick and at first they didn’t know what to do with the hook as well. But Erick came up with the line, ‘Yo, whatever she says, then I’m that.’ The funny thing is they put the record out without even consulting with me. I hadn’t even gotten paid for that track at that point. The way I heard about it was Angie Martinez, who emailed me, ‘Yo, that Erick Sermon record is retarded… we just played it three times in a row!’ And I’m like, ‘Huh? I have no idea what you’re talking about.’ But I started getting more calls, so we catch wind of it at the same time the label called our office and said, ‘We have this Erick Sermon record, we need to clear it and get Just paid.’ Normally that would be something I would be upset about, but it was Erick Sermon and Redman, who are two of my favorite artists of all time. And they were willing to pay whatever. At that time that was the biggest check I had ever gotten. That was a cool, unexpected record.”