Producer Easy Mo Bee has become quite a respected man behind the boards after creating beats for Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G. and Craig Mack. While currently working with James Brown’s son, Daryl Brown, Easy Mo Bee recently spoke with XXL about his production credits, speaking on some classic material.
When speaking about his relationship with Biggie, Easy Mo Bee spoke on why he feels that if Big was alive, the bar in Hip Hop would be raised.
“We challenged each other,” he said. “Little did he know I was thinking this kid is nice! I need to give him my beats that I have in stash. He’s worth it. Big, at that time, he was a modern day Big Daddy Kane as far as wordplay is concerned. He was one of the most creative dudes I ever worked with. Our chemistry in the studio was incredible. I miss the dude. Sometimes I’ve worked with people after him and you have a little difficulty with them or you wish for more. In my mind I’m saying, Big wouldn’t have did that. If he was alive, the standard would be raised.”
Mo Bee also had the opportunity to work with Tupac. While he worked with both emcees separately, he recalls working with them in the same studio for “Runnin’.”
“Let this be known, I worked with Pac and Big together and separately. The song ‘Runnin from the po-lice, that’s right,’ knocked down to “Runnin” which went on the Million Man March album (One Million Strong). The remix that you hear done by Eminem, people think it’s the original but it’s not. While I got the opportunity, let me clear the air. It was misconstrued that I was dissin Eminem. Nah, man. People talk and run they mouth. I don’t even think Em took it that way. Easy Mo Bee did the original to “Runnin” and Em did the remix.”
After being a part of Bad Boy’s success, Mo Bee said that he sometimes wonders if Diddy is mad at him for any disputes they have had in the past, adding that he harbors no animosity towards the mogul.
“I don’t have any kind of animosity towards [Puff]. I don’t have a problem talking about it. I wanted my money. I realized I was owed a certain amount of money and I wanted it. I wonder sometimes, if he’s mad at me. I saw him at the [Notorious] premiere on Broadway. There were so many people trying to get at him so he was moving fast and we didn’t get time to kick it. After all these years, I wonder if he’s upset with me. I always just wanted to say, ‘Dog, I’m just wanted to handle my business that’s all and just get mine.’ Still to this day, I don’t have any animosity. If he calls me today and asks me to do something for Bad Boy, I’ll be right there. That’s the way I am.”