Conceived by Nas
Nas' brother Jungle didn’t get the intro’s concept at first. He told XXL:
Nas picked the beat for us to talk on in the background. I remember I didn’t like the beat. I was like, “Off this beat, man? This is garbage.” I was mad young. I didn’t even understand what he was doing.
This track also led to a still-extant rift between MC Serch and Fab 5 Freddy. Serch remembered:
The most difficult sample [to clear] was with [Wild Style director] Charlie Ahearn, believe it or not. We had made a deal with Charlie, and then Fab 5 Freddy got into the mix and started getting into Charlie’s ear like, “Nah, you didn’t get enough [money].” The funny thing was, Fab 5 Freddy was about to direct the “One Love” video. So I’m calling Freddy like, “What are you telling your man? I’m about to cut you a check. You’re about to direct a video. Get on the same page.” [Freddy said,] “Are you threatening me?” I’m like, “Nah, it’s not a threat. I’m just saying, you don’t take care of this, you’re not gonna be directing no video.”
I haven’t spoke to Fab 5 Freddy since.
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