3 “Gimme The Loot”
Produced by Easy Mo Bee
Easy Mo Bee When he did “Gimme The Loot” I was like, Whoa—dude’s got problems! People who wanna battle him, go up against him? Nobody’s gonna wanna battle this cat. If you heard everything he said in his lyrics, you won’t live. I remember very clearly that that song was done during the daytime. It was still light outside. Junior M.A.F.I.A. was there. I ain’t never really worked with nobody that really spit that hard before. So when I was in the studio, I was like, “Yo, man you sure you ain’t sayin’ too much?” And I remember Cease and Chico sittin’ back and sayin’, “Yo, Mo, just chill! You sensitive!” I was like, “I just wanna make sure we get sold. I don’t want no records getting snatched off the shelves.” That’s my whole thing. I guess that was their [definition] of being “sensitive.”
Maybe Puff didn’t necessarily respond to me at the time when I came to him and presented [my concerns] to him, but I remember telling him, “Yo, the shit about being pregnant, and the ‘Number One Mom’ pendant? Yo, be careful with that. Because you could have all kinds of Christian rights and women’s rights organizations trying to pull your stuff down off the shelves and all that.” At the time, Puffy kind of brushed it off. And I just walked away in my mind like, all right. But I guess later it made sense to him—even without him coming back to me. ’Cause [that lyric] got blurred out. So it worked out the way it was supposed to.
[As far as Big rhyming the two different characters’ voices], he went in the booth and then it just kind of happened. He just started doing it. He would do one voice, then come behind and do the other one later—just like, leave a gap so he could come back and fill the spaces. I was like, Yo, that’s creative! And he really had cats fooled. Even just last year, I was around somebody who was playing that, and still after all this time he was like, “Yo, who was that—that was Puff?” I was like, “Man, y’all really can’t hear that? That’s him! He did two voices.” That just shows you how good he was.
Mister Cee I clearly remember “Gimme The Loot,” because I did the scratches on it. Remembering that is like yesterday. I used Kid Hood’s verse from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario (Remix).” And how I did the turntables and made the word “Bad, bad, bad” from turning the knob off on the turntable from pressing the stop button. Each time that I brought the record back, it’s a different effect to where you turn the knob off on the turntable to where you stop the turntable. You get a different effect on the record. So when you bring it regularly it’s like, “Bad.” Turn the knob off, “Baaad”—slower. Press the button, “Baaaad”—slowest.