If this rare, in-depth Q&A with Salaam Remi is a movie (The Score–get it?) then the DVD Extras is this Top 10 list of the world-renowned producer breaking down some of his classic hits from Amy to Zhigge, so to speak. We are talking serious hip-hop (and reggae) history here, from the session that launched The Fugees career (“Nappy Heads” remix) right down to this summer’s summer-anthem, Nas‘ “The Don.” Below are just a few examples of the fun facts revealed herein. For instance, did you know:
That the beat of “Made You Look” was originally intended for Ricky Martin(??)
The beat for “Fugee-La” was originally intended for Fat Joe?
That Funkmaster Flex had a gig working in the kitchen at Pratt College?
That Nas used to open up on tour for Super Cat when both were signed to Columbia Records?
That Salaam’s Dad Van Gibbs played “The Heartbeat” bassline re-used on “Here Comes The Hotstepper” (not to mention De La Soul’s “Buddy?”)
Us neither (except that last one. we knew that.) Hit the link below to get the full Top 10 and get your mind blown at least 6 more times!