DJ Clark Kent recently broke down his classic records for Complex.com, speaking on songs he produced for Junior M.A.F.I.A., The Notorious B.I.G. and Hi-Five. During the interview, he touched on Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” and how the record marked the first time that the Brooklyn rappers met and worked with one another.
“B.I.G. wanted the beat, but I said it was Jay’s. He was like, ‘Nah Clark, I want that record, that beat is for me! You give everything to this nigga!’ That was his favorite words. But I’m like, ‘He’s my artist. What do you want me to do? You’re not my artist, you’re Puff’s artist.”
The producer, who also rapped on the hook to the song, said he suggested to Dame Dash and Hov to put Biggie on the song. Knowing that Big was in the lobby of the studio, Kent went and got him and introduced the two, putting them to work on what would become “Brooklyn’s Finest.”
“Jay goes in the booth and does all of his verses differently. Some new, some different, but he left the spaces. Imagine him going in there going, ‘This is where I’m going to stop, and this is where I’ll pick it up.’ And B.I.G. is there while he’s doing this. And he comes out of the booth and goes to B.I.G., ‘Are you ready?’ And B.I.G.’s like, ‘What? No, I’m not ready. I need to take that home.'”