I saw this Wax Poetics‘ interview with Pete Rock this morning via Grandgood. In it, Pete is asked about producing Biggie’s hit “Juicy,” but never receiving production credit for it. He’s apparently been bitter about this in the past, but he looks like he’s reconciled:

You produced “Juicy” but never got credited for it—What’s the story behind that?

Biggie and Sean came to my house one day and the beat was playing on my drum machine. Biggie thought I was making it for C.L. When I told him I was just making it for myself, he immediately wanted it. I said sure, but didn’t think much of it. Then, next thing I know, I heard it playing somewhere. I’m over it now though.

Have any efforts been made to give you proper credit for it?

No, nothing’s been done, but that was back then. Life goes on. I settled and just did a remix for it. Really though, I just wish Biggie was still alive for me to work with him.

Pete also talks about how he first met Biggie, which is a real cool story that he recounted for us at UGHH over the summer; Big apparently wanted to see how beats were made, so Puffy brought him to meet with Pete Rock, and he watched Pete make the beat for “In the Flesh,” for the Main Ingredient album. He was real happy to tell that story, and the respect and admiration he had for Big is really genuine.

Pete also talks about Wu, how Heavy D really influenced and helped him, and working with a young Queens MC that was infinitely talented at a young age (Nas). Check out the full interview @ Wax Poetics.


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