Shaq recalls recording "You Can't Stop The Reign" with Biggie.
Shaq's widely recognized for his time in the NBA but there was a point in time where he also pursued music. Throughout the 90's, Shaq released four studio albums and his debut went is certified platinum. In a recent interview with Ebro, he shared the story of the time Biggie had to re-record his verse on their collaboration because it was too explicit.
Shaq broke down the story behind his collaboration with Biggie on "You Can't Stop The Reign" on Ebro's Beats1 show. Shaq explained that while he was recording his 1996 album of the same name, he reached out to Diddy and Biggie and said that he's working on his album. After they agreed to do a song, Shaq said he recorded and re-recorded his verse several times out of fear that Biggie would think it's wack.
"I get the track, and I lay it—I don’t like it. I re-lay it and keep doing it because I don't want to do it in front of him, in case it’s wack… I called him down, and I played it for him. He was rocking with it." He said, "He went in there, and when I tell you he killed it in one take, I ain’t never seen nothing like that. But -- the first take -- and I’m the only one with a copy, and it'll never get released because I never do it to him… he went in. He was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s right, my bad. It’s for the kids, for the kids.' And then he went in and did that verse."
Interestingly enough, the verse that Biggie recorded for "Can't Stop The Reign" was later reused for his Michael Jackson collaboration on "Unbreakable."
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