In this sit-down with WatchLOUD.com prior to his CRWN with Elliot Wilson, Clifford “Tip” Harris jumped in the time machine to talk about his first top 10 record, “Bring ‘Em Out,” which sampled Jay Z’s vocals from “What More Can I Say” and was produced by Swizz Beatz. It was the lead single from his third album, Urban Legend, which turns ten today.
“I remember I did not want to do it,” T.I. recalls. “I remember I had been speaking to Swizz about doing a record for so long and we were supposed to get in the studio but I had to deal with a little legal matter, as usual, (laughs). Swizz and (Atlantic Records CEO) Craig Kallman basically teamed up on me and said ‘Swizz has this amazing beat and he’s gonna to fly down there,’ and when I heard I was like ‘You ask Jay how he feel about being on this record?’ That was before people were sampling voices and making them their hooks. That actually began the trend. Before then wasn’t nobody doing it but DJ Premier. I remember how much controversy it had caused when Jay sampled Nas’s voice for Reasonable Doubt. So I said I don’t want to go just using anybody’s voice. And at the time Jay and I only had an in-passing relationship. [But] Swizz said, ‘Listen, let me deal with Jay. Just record the record.’ So I went ahead and knocked it out in about 30 minutes. I did it in a hurry to get on to another record and after I did it they were talking about a video, first single. That was THE record. But I kind of did it to throw it away. It was something new, different and out of the box for me. But I’m glad they pushed me to do it and that Jay allowed to have his sample in the hook.”
Watch the full video to hear how T.I. reacted to the record getting into the top 10 and how it made him pay attention to the charts more.