JAY-Z and Prodigy’s bitter feud prevented the world from hearing the celebrated MCs on M.O.P.’s “Ante Up (Remix).” In a new interview with Doggie Diamonds TV, M.O.P. member Billy Danze confirmed Hov and Prodigy were both supposed to appear on the song.
According to Danze, Remy Ma made her way onto the remix due to Jay and Prodigy’s absence. The late Mobb Deep member recorded a verse dissing Hov, which led to M.O.P. removing it and telling Jay not to bother recording one of his own.
“We didn’t have [Remy] in mind,” Danze explained. “Cause really, Jay was supposed to get on the song. Prodigy had did a record for the song. Now, I didn’t wanna use Prodigy’s verse because he was actually talking about Jay. Remember, they had the little beef. So, I hit Jay and was like, ‘Yo, nevermind. Don’t worry about the verse, we closing the song out.’”
Danze said he didn’t wanna let the beef play out on his track since he was cool with both men. Jay appeared on M.O.P.’s 1998 album First Family 4 Life and later collaborated with the duo on his “U Don’t Know (Remix).” M.O.P. even signed with Roc-A-Fella Records at one point, though they never released any albums on the label.
“I couldn’t allow that,” Danze noted. “Even if it was the other way around, even if Jay would’ve got on the record dissing Prodigy, I would’ve took Jay off the record. You don’t bring your little beef and your little war into my house. I don’t do that.”
As turned out, the “Ante Up (Remix)” ended up featuring Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma and Teflon.
Listen to it below.