Song Title: “Remember The Titans” by Joe Budden Ft. Fabolous, Lloyd Banks & Royce Da 5’9″ off Mood Muzik 4: A Turn For The Worst
Before we begin, I just want to help those who are not in the know when it comes to this song and these artists. I can’t explain every little detail. This passage would be long as shit. If there’s anything you’re unclear about, google it. I’m only explaining thoroughly what cannot be found on the internet. Let’s roll!
Ok. This song is almost 2 years old. But just a few hours ago, I received some very interesting “top secret” behind the scene stuff from a very reliable source. I won’t say names but for now, let’s just say he works at Footaction. He is also basically the reason why this record came about. He told Joe “Yo, you gotta do a song with Fab & Banks. Y’all are like the mixtape Gods right now.” So Joe liked the idea and agreed to do it.
I will narrate this in the order in which the verses were created. (The following is my attempt at telling the story the way I heard it as accurately as possible.)
Verse 1: Fabolous
Joey tried to get Fab on the phone to no avail. “Yo, Fab be on his Hollywood shit, b. I can’t get a hold of this nigga.”, said Budden. He decided to hit him up on Twitter since that’s where Fab usually was. This is when Fabolous had Twitter in a frenzy. So Joe sent out this tweet:
This tweet resulted in a trending topic (#FabScaredLike) in which the Twitter universe used comparisons to describe how he was scared to jump on a track with Budden. Soon after, a video response was released:
Success. Jumpoff Joe Beezy uses the “mind fuck” to get what he wants yet again. And this time, it wasn’t on a female. So far, this is public record. Now is the part where I unleash what happened “behind the bars”.
Fabolous refused to take the beat home to do his verse. He insisted on going to the studio Joe was working in to write and lay down his verse. Now, if you hear the song, there is a line at the end of his verse that makes absolutely no sense. The line is: “there’s no lights in the place you buy your jewelry from”. The reason why that line is there and doesn’t make sense is because it was changed at the last minute. Fab had written a bar that he thought was inappropriate. To confirm, he went around asking everybody in the studio. “Yo, I can’t say that right? It’ll probably cause a problem.” He asked everybody there except for Joe Budden. Every single person he asked told him NOT to say it because it can be taken in a wrong way. People would think he’s taking a shot at Joe. The original line was: “There’s plenty more where I got Tahiry from.” It’s understandable how that line would have caused a beef or would have been blown out of proportion by the fans. So he replaced the line.
Verse 2: Lloyd Banks
Nothing much here. Lloyd Banks got the call and he was down. When he was invited to the studio, he simply replied, ” I ain’t them other niggaz.” In other words, he was confident enough in his craft to write his verse away from the session. He didn’t feel the need to hear what anybody else had. He knew he could body his verse and that’s what he did.
Verse 3: Royce Da 5’9″
Royce wasn’t even asked to do the record. He wasn’t supposed to be on it. But he heard what Joe was trying to do with the song and he wanted to be a part of it. Joe’s initial reaction was that he didn’t want Royce to be on it because he didn’t want it to become a Slaughterhouse record. He thought having two members of Slaughterhouse would be unfair to Fab & Banks because he wanted this to be individual artists coming together to show camaraderie. For Hip-Hop. Although Royce is an individual artist, him and Joe are already partners. Joe then felt he couldn’t reject Royce. “I can’t say no to Royce. He’s my brother.” When Joe Budden announced that Royce was going to have a verse on the song on JoeBuddenTV.com, his fans were infuriated. “Why is Royce on it?”, “Don’t put him on the track!”, “Royce is out of his league.” The forums on JBTV thought Royce could not hold his own on a song with rappers of that caliber. Royce saw ALL of it. How? …. Well, he’s a member of JBTV.com. He has a random username and nobody knows it’s him. When he read what the fans were saying, Royce felt “some type of way”. He now felt that he had to prove himself, that he can hang with these dudes. Royce opens his verse with, “This is for the fronters and the naysayers, i’m about to scare away the drummers and the bass players/ They say i’m out of my league on this one, so when I get done, I want you to cut your fucking ears off and twitpic em.” When Royce sent Joe his verse, Joe IMMEDIATELY called my source (Footaction employee) and said, “YO. Get over here, NOW! You HAVE to hear this nigga Royce’s verse”. When he got to “the compound” (Joe’s house) and heard the verse (twice), he looked at Joe like “WOW, Did he really just do that?!” They both agreed that Royce must’ve really been mad and took his anger out on the beat. Haha!
Joe Budden was last to record his verse. I’m not sure whether he decided the order in which the verses should be placed before or after he recorded his, but when it came down to the final decision, Footaction employee said, “Joe, you gotta put Royce last. You HAVE to.” So that’s what happened. Joe didn’t wanna go directly before Royce because again, he felt it wouldn’t be fair. So he bridged the gap with Lloyd Banks and just put Fabolous as the opener.
Thus, a cult classic was born.