Producer Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie served as a member of Diddy’s in-house production team The Hitmen, helming some of the biggest hits from Bad Boy Records. Speaking with XXLMag.com, the beatsmith recalled the studio session for Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” and how the fallen rapper immediately gravitated towards the track.
“I walked in the room and Big said, ‘Yo, my nigga’ and told the engineer to press play on the DAT. He pressed play, it was the ‘Hypnotize’ instrumental and Big said, ‘Yo, this is my first single’ and he told me to come next to him,” he recalled. “I lean next to him and he just sang the chorus to me: ‘Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, cant you see. Sometimes your words just hypnotize me.’ […] I went across the hall, told Pam [from Total] get ready ’cause as soon as he lays it, she gotta go and lay it right on top of him.”
“When we went to Trinidad I just sat in this little ass room with just me, a keyboard, my drums, my discs, an MPC 62, a turntable and a mixer,” he said. ”I found a loop going through records, it was the Barry White ‘Love Unlimited’ loop. I [played it] for Puff and he just went crazy. Because I wasn’t signed [at the time], I didn’t let him do nothing to the beat. […] And as soon as Jadakiss and The LOX heard it, they went crazy. And when B.I.G. heard it, he went crazy.”