Bud’da has had a storied career in being apart of many iconic projects, but maybe none as impactful as when he helmed the bulk of the production work for the debut of Ice Cube’s group project Westside Connection.
In 1996, as a relatively unknown producer, Bud’da ushered in a new era and sound for the west coast when he produced the WSCG’s monumental opus Bow Down. In producing five tracks on the Ice Cube-WC–Mack 10 collective project, including the earth-shaking title track “Bow Down”, Bud’da became a highly sought-after producer while revitalizing the west coast sound during the mid-90’s.
Some time in 1995, having just moved to California and working with fellow Pittsburgh, PA producer Sam Sneed, Bud’da met the members of Kausion from Ice Cube’s Lench Mob Records, and subsequently produced 2 records (“Land of the Skanless” and “Supersperm”) for their debut album South Central Los Skanless. After the Kausion release, an impressed Ice Cube presented Bud’da with a golden opportunity — to work on an upcoming project with a new group he was forming called Westside Connection.
“when [Ice Cube] told me what he was up to with the Westside [Connection], he asked me if I had any beats he could hear. I said, “Yes!” and got him some beats a couple days later,” recalled Bud’da in a 2011 interview with DubCNN . “He liked what I was doing and asked for more beats to hear”.
Eager to take advantage of the burgeoning opportunity from Cube, Bud’da had begun to serve Cube with a plethora of beats. “I would do about 25 beats a week until we came up with the majority of the Westside Connection album, including that heated beat for Bow Down [song]”, remembers Bud’da. The irresistible title track “Bow Down” was infused with the archetypal bragging, boasting, and turf-warring elements heard throughout much of the album’s songs.
Spurred on to gain even more placements on the record, Bud’da continued to supply Ice Cube, WC, and Mack 10 with tracks primed and ready for their vocal onslaughts. “My motivation was hunger! Once I started giving Cube tracks, I wanted to keep getting him beats to try and get the whole album locked down”.
The result of such fervor culminated in Bud’da producing half of the multi-platinum classic with songs like “3 time Felons”, “Do You Like Criminals”, “The Gangsta, The Killa And The Dope Dealer“, and “Cross’em Out And Put A K”.
Bow Down is one of the most defining west coast hip hop albums of all-time, and Ice Cube, WC and Mack 10 were at their rawest form in defending the west coast.