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"It was kind of interesting in the studio," says Curious Emcee, a local jungle luminary who produced that Yacteen track. "I had heard Joe free-flow a lot, and he was on point, but he never did anything in the studio. I was working with some cat on a track I produced, and Lebanon came in, took his shirt off and free-flowed for like 45 minutes. He had a gun in his hand that he was waving the whole time; it was nuts. From that, I was able to record some tidbits, do some magic on it, and the song was done."
The track, which is actually called "Give It to Me Baby" -- not "Dead Man Walking in Memphis" -- found its way onto Curious's second album, My Team, and Lebanon Joe was so pleased that he discussed hiring Curious to produce a full-length album. But the two never got the chance to collaborate again, because a few weeks later, Yacteen was nabbed for shooting Cohn. And now it appears that date may be tabled indefinitely, as Yacteen is due for sentencing October 2. But hey, a little prison time never hurt a rap career, right?
And as Magic Cyclops, one of Lebanon Joe's twelve myspace friends, says, "If I heard that 'Walking in Memphis' song one more time, hell, I would have shot Marc Cohn, too!" --Adam Cayton-Holland