Evidence Recalls Recording "The Red Carpet" With Raekwon & Ras Kass

The Dilated Peoples member explains that all it took to get the Chef on a track was a chicken parmesan sandwich.

Evidence collaborated with Raekwon and Ras Kass on “The Red Carpet,” one of the standout cuts from his upcoming sophomore LP Cats & Dogs (September 27th). The cut, produced by The Alchemist, is what Ev considers as one of his most inspired verses to date.

“This song for me, when I wrote the rhyme, this was like the roll out the red carpet, the grand opening. I landed on a new rhyme style, a new rhyme pattern, that I hadn’t really found before,” he said. “But hanging out with Fashawn and Blu and rhyming with Elzhi and Jay Electronica, listening to him a lot, I had been super inspired at that point.”

Explaining that all it took was a chicken parmesan sandwich to get a verse from the Chef, the Dilated Peoples member recalled how he wanted to take “one of the best Alchemist beats to date” and make it even more special.

“At that point, when I started writing it, I couldn’t even stop. Normally, you live in a 16- or 20- or a 24-bar parameter, but I didn’t even know what it was that day. I just kept writing until I said the last line,” he continued. “At that point, I had two verses, one of which was from one of the greatest rappers to me, Raekwon. Ras Kass was frequenting Alchemist’s stupid at that time, so I just figured, this is my other hero from the West. I got Rae. Let’s put this shit together again.”

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  • James Vega

    @STEVEN J. HOROWITZ, (Writer of this article): Do you know how to write what you hear when you're quoting someone??? You mean to tell me Ev said: "Ras Kass was frequenting Alchemist’s stupid at that time" ? Frequenting his STUPID??? Really?? Stupid??? Stupid, How does that even make sense?? He said "Ras Kass was frequenting his STUDIO"... Get you're mind WRITE ©®, (like what I did there?) Shit.. I'll gladly take your job...

    • James Vega

      Wow... thanks for teaching me about slang from 1994... I know what stupid would mean in that sense... But obviously you didn't watch the video attached to the article, so you have no idea what I'm talking about...

    • pj

      he prolly really meant frequenting him stupid...lol your not black or should I say live in a urban area? the word stupid during that instance just means like crazy or alot so frequenting him stupid..maybe its a L.A. thing..

  • Nuno Andrade

    cant wait 2 get the album...............

  • Anonymous

    steven stop titling all your articles like this _____ recalls ______ with _________ steven j horowitz recalls being a shitty fucking writer

  • Mr Flamboyant

    SHIT!!! (nods head to this reverence in rhyme)

  • nixnox

    Ras Kass was frequenting Alchemist’s stupid at that time - lol

  • OG RON

    A Chicken Parm & A Beat for his album...

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