Sheek Louch Details Missy Elliott Involvement On "It's All About The Benjamins"

Sheek Louch reveals how Missy Elliott kept Styles P from being featured on "It's All About The Benjamins," says his verse didn't impress her.

Following the release of Diddy’s “It’s All About The Benjamins” in the late 90s, fans of Yonkers-based trio The LOX were left wondering why the song lacked a verse from The LOX’s Styles P. The mystery surrounding that particular question about the record was revealed last week when Sheek Louch made an appearance during Take It Personal: The Hip Hop Improv Show.

During the Cipha Sounds-hosted improv show, Sheek shared some insight into the creation of “It’s All About The Benjamins” and revealed that Missy Elliott was the architect behind the song. According to Sheek, Missy wasn’t impressed with Styles P’s verse and felt it shouldn’t be included on the song.

“I remember we first got there with Puff. Me, Kiss, and Styles walked in the room and there was this girl in there and shit,” said Sheek. “And they was listening to that beat. At first I didn’t like it…She was talking to me like she knew me. ‘Yo, let me hear you rap to that.’ ‘First of all, who are you?’ She’s dancing and shit. She’s making beatboxing noises and shit while she like ‘Yo, let me hear you spit something to this.’ So, I said ‘alright’…So, I did my first verse—‘strictly tryna cop those’—it wasn’t even for that. I did it. Styles did something; she was like ‘meh.’ Jada did a verse to it. I swear to God, no diss to Styles. That’s my brother. Jada did his verse and shit she was like ‘Yo.’ He [Styles P] ain’t on the record and shit. And then she was like ‘You gon’ go here, you gon’ go here, y’all two, you and Kiss, gonna write Puff’s verse.’ Then she just walked off beatboxing. Later on that was Missy Elliott…But we didn’t know that was her. She put the whole ‘Benjamins’ together.”

Sheek said Styles was initially upset about not being included on the song and revealed that no one in the group had any idea how huge the record would later become.

“He was tight at first. We didn’t know that song was gonna take off like that. Before Big and Kim got on it…He don’t care. So, it is what it is,” he said.

Although Styles was not included on “It’s All About The Benjamins,” there are a handful of records Jadakiss and Styles P were featured on that Sheek didn’t have the opportunity to join in on. The LOX emcee credited that fact to Jada and Styles having “good luck” while he was out “trapping.”

“They had good luck with that shit. Catching it,” said Sheek. “Being in the studio when I wasn’t. Trapping, running around doing whatever, whatever. Wherever I was at. They was a little more focused than me at the time.”

Released in June 1997, the remixed version of “It’s All About The Benjamins” dropped several months after the death of Notorious B.I.G.

The original version of the record merely featured Diddy and The LOX (minus Styles P) while the remixed version included appearances from both Lil Kim and Notorious B.I.G. and would later be featured on Diddy’s No Way Out album.

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  • Betty Gregory

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  • Phoebe Canales

    before I looked at the paycheck which was of $8320, I be certain neighbours mother woz actualie earning money parttime online.. there neighbor has done this less than seventeen months and by now paid for the depts on there appartment and bought a gorgeous BMW 5-series. check it out... I even remember hearing BG from Cash Money say it in an interview, "Nas could rap but I didn't like those beats." Plain in simple, I might like "Gimme the Loot" or "Everyday Struggle" and you might, but I know most people can't relate.

  • j

    people getting all aggie but dont realize that if that song was another verse longer it probably would sound like a long free style session. yeah she cut a verse but shorter songs are usually more digestible especially in the club

  • Anonymous

    I saw Sheek Louch live about a month back. Saddest shit I've ever seen. Only like 100 people there.

  • tyson

    my whole thing is this. if jada and sheek wrote puff's verse (as sheek made it sound like they did), then why was his verse still so fucking wack?

  • Anonymous

    In the early 1990s, Elliott formed an R&B group, called Fayze (later renamed Sista),Fayze moved to New York City and signed to Elektra Records through DeVante's Swing Mob imprint, also renaming the group Sista. Elliott took Mosley whom DeVante re-christened Timbaland and their friend Melvin "Magoo" Barcliff along with her.After leaving Swing Mob, Elliott and Timbaland worked together as a songwriting/production team, crafting tracks for acts including SWV and 702, but the most notable of them was Aaliyah

  • Anonymous

    So what the fuck did Missy do? She did nothing then playing the boss and give orders and these lox pussies was listening to her?????

  • Anonymous

    classic verse by BIG. Had to be a Biggie track. Big ripped that shit.

  • Anonymous

    lol "Then she just walked off beatboxing." This whole story has a true hollywood story feel to it.

    • fuccya

      Nope, there are crazy people. I know some fellas who cant stop freestyling, shit is annoying. And they mostly sober. So must be even worse with professionals, i mean those are the same but someone told em theyre good at it. Missy actually is tho.

  • TMZ

    Trinidad James Disses Jay-Z and the whole new york !

  • Fry

    Missy Elliot was very very bad at music. I would not have listened to her.

  • Glock 9 45

    The Ghost is one the best mc's around some ppl think Styles is just bout the gunz knifes murda talk (he is the best at it hands down) but that nigga gets deep with his rhymes

  • Anonymous

    I would've never told that story. At the time she wasn't even known outside of that one little guess feature, how the fuck she gonna regulate a track? lol

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