"Put It On" ft. Kid Capri Lifestylez ov Da Poor & Dangerous (1995)
"Da Graveyard" ft. Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous (1995)
"Those [records] were some of the first beats I made. When L first got his deal, I just started learning to do beats. I was actually kind of mad [then] cause everything I made, he told was wack. He was that much of a perfectionist. He wouldn't say it in a disrespectful way but he'll let you know 'Nah, I'm not really feeling that. I don't really like that.' So, that only makes you work harder; pressure is either going to make diamonds or bust pipes. [That record] was first a Freddie Foxxx beat, and was on the Crazy Like A Foxxx album. It was a dope album but getting back to L, he had the beats and said he wanted to do a posse cut with him, Finesse, Jay-Z, Grand Daddy I.U and that was that. Finesse came and knocked his part out, Grand Daddy came and knocked his verse and I think Jay was one of the last dudes who had to come in. It was exactly during the time when people were like, 'Hey we heard Jay-Z doesn't even write.' I remember waiting in the studio in Queens, this studio called Power Play and Jay came through, listened to the beat and all of a sudden was like 'Alright I'm ready.' In one take, he dropped his verse and when you hear how he rhymed [on it] with the fast thing and how he know how to switch it up 'Pou-p-p-p-pound, the best around.' When he laid that verse, I was like 'Wow.' He had no pen, no pad and it was all in one take.
"Because of the order of the verses on the record, it's hard to tell who had the better verse."
"Let Em Have It L," Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous (1995)
"Danger Zone," Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous (1995)
"That was one of the records out of the four that Columbia wanted him to do when they gave him the budget to cut a few more records. He heard that beat, he liked it and heard something in it and was like, 'This is kind of dope right here, I like this.' L was a black-exploitation dude, he was an all-around dude. He was definitely pro-Harlem, just like Ma$e and them was. He was definitely for his people and where he was from. Him doing that record even with the intro where he says, 'Killers run rampant in Harlem.' He wanted to tell the story of where he's from, '139 and Lenox is the Danger Zone.'
"Him and Herb McGruff were best friends. Him, Cam, Jimmy, Ma$e all of them used to play ball. That's how I know them because everytime when we used to come through and see L, they all used to play ball in the park on 39th Street. He wanted to make sure his crew got on, 'Yo when I get on my crew going to get on.' So he put Herb on that—he had some ill verses, he took those verses and put that with that. He had a back and forth with Herb on the chorus and that was that. When Columbia heard those four records, they were like we'll definitely lock out with it. L was kind of content with it, but me and Finesse were like, 'Wow' because we were getting better. For me it's like, my first records were starting to come out, which was "Time's Up," "Stress," etc. Some known records were coming out and then "Put It On" came out, "Danger Zone" came out and like all these were coming out the at same time. If I'm getting better, he's getting better I was like, 'Yo, imagine what we could do if we still growing.'"