Tragedy Khadafi says in his early years, recording with LL Cool J would have made his world.
While working with fellow Queens rapper Nas in the studio years ago, Tragedy Khadafi says he found himself in a confrontation that was surprisingly cordial.
During an interview with Forbez DVD Live, Tragedy Khadafi recalled working with Nas in a studio at Sony and being approached by the late E Money Bags shortly after he recorded his verse for Nas’ record. Khadafi revealed that he had previously left E Money Bags’ verse off of his record “Calm Down” because he felt it was “wack.”
He added that upon informing E Money Bags about the reason why he was left off of “Calm Down,” which featured Nas and Noreaga, the rapper was relatively accepting of his reason.
“So, he passes the dude the phone,” Tragedy Khadafi said. “And the dude is like—Cause he always call me like, ‘Yo, peace almighty.’ So, I’m like ‘Yo, son, what up?’ I’m like ‘Who this?’ He like, ‘Yo, it’s me Nasir.’ So I’m like ‘Aight, what up?’ He like ‘Yo, all that shit in the 1900s. We gon’ leave that there. We gon’ make this record.’ So, I’m like ‘Yo, son, I ain’t never had no problem with you.’ So, you just told me you had an issue with me. Whatever. I said ‘Alright, where’s it at?’ I think it was at Sony. He was like ‘Yo, we gon’ be at Sony’…So, I get there and I got my cousin with me. And I’m with Littles and I’m with Taheem. So, we all in the room and son like ‘Lay your verse.’
“I did my verse,” he added. “I go in the little lounge and shit. Niggas like ‘Aight. Good money’ or whatever. Next thing I know this nigga E Money Bags walk in the studio. This is two years after ‘Calm Down’…I’m like ‘hmm.’ So, he like ‘Yo, what up?’ He come in the room. It’s mad niggas in the room. He like ‘Yo, what up?’ So, now he got to me [and] he like ‘Yo, what up?’ So, I was like ‘Yo, what up?’ So, he said ‘Why you took me off the record?’…I’m like ‘Yo, so, your verse is wack.’ Peep this though. Peace be upon him, real nigga though. He said ‘No doubt.’ And kept it moving.”
Tragedy Khadafi was later asked what artist he would most like to work with during his interview. He didn’t reveal an exact name, but did speak on his admiration for LL Cool J.
“When I was coming up the illest dudes in the game was like L[L Cool J],” Khadafi said. “That’s before he got on his super pretty shit. He was a monster. And I remember he had a record called ‘Rock The Bells.’ Not the one with the rock shit. He had another one. The original one. I remember hearing that shit. I remember what I had on…I was in Astoria Projects. And I was standing next to the speaker, lil nigga, and I’m like this. I’m listening to that shit and I’m like ‘This dude is killing that shit.’ And I remember like ‘Yo, if I ever could do a record with him, man. That shit’ll just make my world.’”
Tragedy Khadafi’s interview with Forbez DVD live can be found below.