the transcript of this interview is straight from hurricane-game.net…
Dewey: Talk about the inspiration for 400 Bars. It took stamina just to listen to 400 Bars.
Oh yeah, of course, definitely.
The inspiration for 400 Bars? I’m just gonna give it to my fans, man. They’ve been asking for it for a long time, and I never thought that it would see the light of day, simply because I figured to do 400 Bars I’d have to have as many topics as possible, to keep people entertained. I knew what I was up against.
I’m not really beefing and I don’t really have any drama going on, so I kind of strayed away from it for a while, but then I was in the studio one night, and I already had the original 400 Bars started. I was like 200 Bars in, but I never finished it, and I always wondered what the reason was I couldn’t finish it. And number one, it was because I wasn’t beefing with who I was beefing, I was picking on people. Because I wasn’t really getting mad at anybody I was getting mad at, I was just picking on people. I won’t say any names but that’ll probably never see the light of day. So I never finished that.
Then one day I was in the studio working with Snoop, and he left, he rolled so many blunts my name could’ve been Canibus after he was gone. We started running through instrumentals, man, and then “Exhibit C” came on, and I was like, Wow, I gotta do a freestyle for this, for the tape. I started off wanting to do, like, maybe 40 or 50 bars. I looked up and asked my engineer, Yo, how many bars was that? And he was like, 120. So when he said that, I was like, Wow, 120 that fast. Let’s go. We gonna make this to 400. So that’s what we did.
It took me 10 more hours in the booth and pretty much 24 hours at the studio, to really get it done and mixed down, and every time we bounce it down, and I hear something wrong, we have to go all the way back and rebounce the whole 20-minute song. So that was the process, man. I definitely give it to my fans.
So as soon as you came along something in those 400 bars that you weren’t 100 percent pleased with, you rewound all the way back to the beginning and started again?
Yeah, man, I had to keep on going back because I wanted every bar to have a marriage to the next one. So when I messed up or stopped, I had to go all the way back to the beginning and start again. I got it down after, jeez, like a full 26, 27 hours in the studio. Then I rode home to it, and I had a couple problems with how it was mixed, so I called my engineer Jeff. He did his thing and sent it back and it was a wrap. But every time I listen, or every time I hear something, or see if there’s something to edit, I gotta go through 20 minutes of the song. I started getting tired. I was like, Lemme just put it out, man. So I threw it out on the Internet via Twitter.
So the first 120 bars — I don’t want to say they came together by themselves, but the other 280 bars, you wrote those in the studio during those 26, 27 hours?
I didn’t really write it. I was in the booth, standing up. Every time I would finish, I would just sit there with the beat playing, think for a minute, and then I’d be like, Yo, I’m ready. He’d start recording and we’d go from there. We did that probably 10, 20 bars a time, through the entire freestyle.
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