The song was a EPMD sample and I just freestyled it. I was riding high off multi-platinum sales off I Am…, and just didn’t want to do anything but freestyle that single and put it out. We had a concept to make the video 3D, but we didn’t figure out how to get all the glasses to people and time was against us. Glasses were made, but obviously not enough for every household, so we fucked that one up a little bit.
I was praying because I wanted to be the first one to use that sample because at that point, everybody was watching The Sopranos. We thought there would be nothing cooler than to have their theme song as my theme song and we were so happy to use it. Some people think that had something to do with the Jay Z beef, but that one had nothing to do with any rapper. It was about who could use that sample first.
How many grownups do you see every day that still act like children? It’s a shame. In life, with your woman, your man, your family, there’s grownups who you expect so much more from are just really nothing more than a child. They're big kids and these are people with power I’m talking about, so "2nd Childhood" was very important.