Gunned down on March 9, 1997, The Notorious B.I.G was taken from us too soon, but left behind a impressive catalog. The track “I Got A Story To Tell” from his final studio album Life After Death remains a fixture among fans for its lyrics and production. The song is about Biggie going to the home of a woman who happens to date a New York Knicks player. But according to the track’s primary producer Buckwild, the track almost didn’t come out due to sample clearance issues.
Per Genius, Bad Boy Records head Diddy made the decision to let producer Chucky Thompson recreate the track. Thompson would replace the primary sample with live guitar while keeping the Al Green “I’m Glad You’re Mine” drums intact. Buckwild also stated that Diddy felt it was important to keep the original vibe of the song, so they needed to work around not having the sample cleared. One can only imagine if Diddy would have let the track go by the waste side.
But to watch how Buckwild created the basis of the song, check it out below.