DJ Premier Says Royce Da 5'9's "Boom" Was Originally For Capone-N-Noreaga


On the 14th episode of DJ Premiers Youtube show, “So Wassup?” the legendary producer tells the story of Royce Da 5’9’s 2001 single “Boom.” The instrumental was originally made for Capone-N- Noreaga until Royce recorded a verse on the track during a session with Preemo.

“This song originally was for a Capone-N-Noreaga session. We were waiting for them to get there to do a song with me, and Royce and I were gonna work on a song as well, but Royce got there before CNN,” Preemo explained. “That particular track happened to be playing in the background, and Royce was like, ‘what is that?’” Preemo explained before agreeing to give him the track.

The track was recorded as he was transitioning from Tommy Boy Records to Sonny after dropping his first single with Eminem as Bad Meets Evil. Royce wanted his major label debut to stay true to the streets, saying he wanted this record to sound like he was “a bomb.” 

Preemo sampled Lady of Rage’s “Afro Puffs,” where the emcee mimics a bomb herself fitting Royce's tracks perfectly. 

“Right when he started talking about a bomb, I already heard ‘Afro Puffs’ the line where she said, ‘Boom Boom Bam Goddamn!’ I was like, ‘I hope when I scratch that it fits.’ man did it fit,” Preemo exclaimed. 

Watch the full episode of DJ Premiers, “So Wassup?” below, and stay tuned for more hip-hop news.