"Live at the Barbeque"
Main Source's Breaking Atoms (1991)
I specifically meant for that verse to spark my whole existence in rap music, so I approached it that way and I felt like, "This is it. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so I went for it." I had the feeling in my head, so I wrote it right there on the spot. I think it was in [Queens recording studio] Power Play. It was pretty quick.
I still got rejected by a lot of record labels after that. But they should have [rejected me]. This was toward the end of probably the best rap music has ever been, so you couldn’t just walk and get on like that. For me, [getting signed then] may have been a year too early, but if it worked out right, it would have been really great for them as well. It was a very serious business and a very serious thing back then. But my three dream labels at the time were Cold Chillin', Def Jam and Columbia.