Chucky Thompson Says Nas' "One Mic" Was A Calculated Step Away From Beef With Jay-Z

posted Monday May 13 ,2013 at 03:08PM CDT | 26 comments

Chucky Thompson Says Nas'

At a time of diss records dominating media cycles, Hitmen producer Chucky Thompson reveals how he and Nas envisioned "One Mic" from a Phil Collins sample and a unique verse-to-chorus transition.

Producer Chucky Thompson has crafted hits such as The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa" and Faith Evans' "You Used To Love Me," but one of his biggest solo creations is Nas' 2001 smash hit, "One Mic." Thompson, who was a longtime member of Bad Boy Records' Hitmen production team (also including Diddy, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, and Ron "Amen Ra" Lawrence, among others), recently spoke to TheUberUrban about Stillmatic's third single.

"'One Mic' was a situation that was during a time that [Nas] was in the beef with Jay-Z," said Thompson of the 2001 song that would be formally released to radio and video 11 years ago last month. "I knew that that beef wasn't gonna last forever. My whole thing was, 'Okay, so what do we do after this whole beef is over? How do we come out of this?'" Thompson recalls being specifically sought out for Stillmatic's production roster which included Illmatic originals DJ Premier, Large Professor and L.E.S., along with Ron Browz and Swizz Beatz. "It was my first meeting with Nas. We just sat and talked about that situation where you feel you're gettin' ready to fight or gonna have to get ready to defend somethin', what's that record that would calm you down? We both said it was [Phil Collins'] 'In The Air Tonight.'" In turn, "One Mic" would sample Collins' 1981 hit single. Chucky continued, "He mentioned to me that he wanted to make a record where the chorus was quiet [laughing] and that verses would rise. So me taking those two ideas, I just came up with something that was calm and built up a little bit in the verses and then go back calm for his chorus."

Although built out of an extension from beef, honed by musical conversations, Thompson says he never imagined the song's cross-over appeal. "I didn't think nothin' of it; we were just bein' creative. Next thing I know I'm in a strip club in Queens, and they cut all the lights out and the strippers had on neon."

Chucky Thompson's full UberUrban interview is below:

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  • Anonymous
    One of the greatest songs ever better than ymcmbmcym's whole discography
  • insanemacbeth
    NAS' "ONE MIC" = classic sh*t.
  • ja
    All of Nas albums are classics. He has the best catalog in the rap industry. All of his albums sound fresh and not dated like 90% of Jay Z, Pac and Biggies albums. NAS is G.O.A.T.
    • rmacq112
      Nas has come with plenty of wack shit, not as much as Jay-Z but how you gonna say Biggie has more wack material? Maybe posthumously, but he only released 2 albums. both dope as fuck. Guru, A Tribe Called Quest, GFK & OutKast all have way more impressive/consistent catalogs than all these motherfuckers. You act like Nas Never made a wack song: IllMatic > The Firm > Stillmatic > It Was Written > Hip Hop Is Dead, the rest is pretty mediocre
    • rmacq112
      & I forgot the Lost Tapes which is his best shit next to Illmatic
  • Anonymous
    Stillmatic,Illmatic,I Am.., and QB's Finest the only classic albums from Nas period.
    • Anonymous
      QB's Finest?? lol. That had some bangers on it, but it was far from classic. Most of Nas' solos are better than that.
  • Anonymous
    this must have been the most boring beat Nas rapped over. as always Nas raps over bad beats , its a fact.
    • foreal
      in my eyes, this makes him a better rapper, one of the best. a lot of dudes can tear down a banger beat, not to many can take an "unusual beat" and kill it
  • Hov
    every body get ur hands off my jeans
  • Anonymous
    that shit musta been memorable
  • Anonymous
    lol he said "who does that" I do, nigguh, i do.
  • Hip Hop Fan
    I don't care what people say, Nas is a legend. Top 5
    • Hip Hop Fan
      I don't care what people say, Guccci is a legend. Top 5
  • Anonymous
    Classic song, classic LP. They should work together again
  • Anonymous
    one mic classic..
  • Anonymous
    this dude reminds me of Chucky from that show Rugrats with those glasses on
  • cat
  • dog
    woof woof woof errr
  • Anonymous
    Whoa! A dancer danced to One Mi cin a strip club??? Talking about awkward! Lmao. Y'all should checkout, they usually have some good reads and videos on there as well
    • Anonymous
      fuck your website
  • Anonymous
    It would have made more sense if he had been at Wendy's, and heard the song right as he was shoveling hamburgers in his face.
  • amaterasu
    strip clubs and one mic ? that cant be real. nobody is that corny
    • atleast ja rule keepin it straight 100.