I got my contract in 1993

from The Roots – Proceed Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The group was the subject of a bit of a bidding war in late 1993. Roots manager Rich Nichols told Coleman:

Kenyatta Bell at Mercury was first up to bat. He offered $75,000, which eventually got bumped up to $150,000. That was definitely respectable money at the time. Then Epic and East West made offers. In the end, Wendy Goldstein at Geffen was the one who offered the most. After Arrested Development got big, I think her boss told her, ‘Find a band who play their own instruments and don’t talk about guns.’

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