I had an idea of recording a hook and basing the theme of the song on that, so I talked to D.V. alias Khryst, a phenomenal singer/emcee whom I'd already worked with on "I'm Serious". I wanted to approach this new song in a different way and asked him to write a hook for it just from hearing the beat. He came up with this:
"I don't know which way to go/when it's your time to go you go/when your number gets called or so/'cos when it's your time to fold you fold/we don't know where we go... we don't know where we go..."
This really set a deep tone for the song and my first thought was to pair Ill Bill with Billy Danze (M.O.P.). A song about life and death with these cats would make for an interesting collaboration. But unfortunately it didn't happen. I also talked to Masta Ace about it, but he was hesitant to write about death and politely declined.
Having already worked with legendary Organized Konfusion emcee Prince Po on the song "She Gave Me The World" I knew how talented and on point he was at writing concept songs so I asked him to write another verse for my album. He took his lyrics to a personal level unheard of so far and I was very impressed and happy that he became a part of it.
Back in 2006 Oddisee and his girlfriend came to Denmark on his first European tour, and he had contacted me through Myspace to hook up a place to sleep while in Copenhagen. As a fan of his music and an openminded person I invited him and his girl to crash on my couch for a few days while in town, and we kicked a lot of good hiphop conversations during those couple of days. I'm very impressed by Oddisee's emcee and beatmaking skills, and the way he arranged his own tour through Europe, man, that took a lot of networking and perseverance. The dude has a serious passion for music! We agreed that he would eventually mix one of my beats if I ever needed it, and instead I now suggested he kick a verse for the song with Prince Po, and he was game. Oddisee sent me one of the dopest verses I have ever heard from him and it fit the song perfectly. Definitely one of my favorite cuts on the album.
The song title is "Where We Go" and the beat is on some other shit. Stay tuned.