(AllHipHop News) One of the standout tracks on The Notorious B.I.G’s 1997 double disc album Life After Death is “Notorious Thugs” featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The opening song on LAD‘s disc two was a 6-minute exhibition on double time flow from Biggie and Bone.
Renown artist manager and entrepreneur Steve Lobel was around for the making of “Notorious Thugs.” The Queens, New York native sat down with producer DJ Mustard for Blurred Culture to talk about how the classic tune came together.
Lobel reflected on Fat Joe and Sean “Puffy” Combs’ (aka Diddy) playing significant roles in bringing the Biggie and Bone camps together. He also spoke about Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Stevie J. producing the beat and the quick recording turn around time on the part of the Bone Thug members.
“That song was done in not even an hour and a half from Bone. They went in there and laid the verses and left,” Lobel tells Mustard.
According to the CEO of A-2-Z Entertainment, Biggie did not lay his verse at the same time. Lobel later spoke to Puffy after the record was released, and the Bad Boy founder explained why it took Big so long to add his part.
“Puff was like, ‘It took Big a while. He mastered that [flow] and studied it,'” said Lobel. “That record helped Bone on the East Coast – even though ‘Crossroads’ opened it up for them. But New York was fickle, and no one was really accepting Bone. Bone and Biggie solidified it.”
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Watch Steve Lobel talk about the making of The Notorious B.I.G and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “Notorious Thugs” below.