Veteran Brooklyn, New York emcee O.C. just released his collaborative album with Detroit, Michigan producer Apollo Brown, Trophies. In a recent interview with the D.I.T.C. member spoke candidly about his 1994 debut album, Word…Life. The Wild Pitch Records effort featured Organized Konfusion’s Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po, but according to O, it very nearly had another legendary lyricst guest appearance.

Looking back at the making of Word…Life, O.C. revealed, “I even had [conversations with] Ice Cube [about appearing]…they got at the label or the label got at him about a record called, “Constables” and I think Cube wanted 40 or 50 grand. At that time, he was on the, ‘I’m proud/Black’ movement.” O.C. alluded that his independent label at the time considered the royalty too high. “It would’ve been smart for [Wild Pitch/EMI Records] to pay him that money ’cause it would’ve took us somewhere else.”

“Constables” remained a solo track, produced by Organized Konfusion on Word…Life.

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