Buckshot said that he was given less than a day’s notice last month that Eminem would be remaking Black Moon’s “I Got Cha Opin” and that he would be flying to Detroit from New York in order to attend the recording session. The subsequent song, “Don’t Front,” is featured as a special bonus track that comes when fans purchase both Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, both of which are scheduled to be released tomorrow (November 5).
During an exclusive interview with HipHopDX, Buckshot said that he was surprised that Eminem chose to remake the original version of the song and not the remix, which was released commercially as a single and became more popular than the album version included on Black Moon’s debut album, 1993’s Enta Da Stage.
“It didn’t really matter which version he wanted to do,” Buckshot says during his exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “I was just happy that he gave consideration to any one of them. He decided to do the original. When I got to the studio, I could totally, totally see why now. What he did to that record, it took me 10 minutes probably to pick my mouth up. I was so in shock for a minute. I was like, ‘What the hell?’”
“Don’t Front” features Eminem performing all the verses, while Buckshot appears throughout the song, showing up on its chorus, adlibs and at the beginning of each verse.
“The way it was done is the way it was meant to be done because that record [the original version of ‘I Got Cha Opin’] put me in that zone,” Buckshot says. “That’s a war cry record, as opposed to it being a feature-type thing. It’s more like, ‘I’m going back to simply honor a person like Buckshot, than have him come do a verse and me do a verse.’ He put himself in the spirit of ‘I Got Cha Opin’ on ‘Don’t Front’ the same way the spirits put me physically in that position the first time.”
Buckshot says he found out about the remake through Dru Ha, his partner in Duck Down Music Inc. Dru Ha has a relationship with Eminem and Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg.
Buckshot said he didn’t know what to think when he first learned of the song. “In your head, you kind of don’t think anything,” Buckshot says. “You’re just happy that a person wanted to do the record. It was more of a shock than anything. You don’t have stuff like that in your mind, like, ‘Someone’s going to do my record over.’ That’s not something [I think about].”
The end result, however, should silence any of Eminem’s critics, Buckshot says.
“If you ever doubted Eminem as any type of a spitter, listen to ‘Don’t Front’ and that shit will convince you nine-fold,” Buckshot says. “When I listen to that record, he’s not a game.”
A snippet of "Don't Front" is below.