I found out that Q-Tip stole this track about ten years ago in an interview with Pete Rock in Wax Poetic magazine.
Here’s the excerpt from the interview:
“You were involved with ATCQs Low End Theory…
I did “We Got the Jazz.”
What did you do on that?
The whole beat!
You didn’t get credit for it.
No. He shouted me out at the end and that was a big discrepancy for me. What happened was, Tip used to come over all the time. One time the “Jazz” beat was already playing in the drum machine. I went to answer the door and left the beat playing. He came downstairs like, “What the **** is that?” I even had the records I sampled still sitting there on the turntables because I’d just made the beat. [Lucky Thompson’s] Cook County Jail. He was like, “You making this for CL?” and I said I was just ****ing with it. But he knew what I used and took the same elements, and made it the exact same way. And then at the end of the record he says, “Pete Rock for the beat ya don’t stop.” I made that ****. That’s my ****. I’m taking all my credit back from n*ggas that stole from me.
You had the “Don’t Change Your Love” drums in there too?
The way you hear it on the Tribe album is the way I had it. I had a few other little guitar sounds or something going on in there, I wasn’t going to use them anyway, but I was going to use the beat. He came down there and heard it and never said, “Hey Pete, come in the studio and lay this down for us.” He didn’t tell me he was going to use it. Puffy did the same thing to me with “Juicy.” I did the original version, didn’t get credit for it. They came to my house, heard the beat going on the drum machine, it’s the same story. You come downstairs at my crib, you hear music. He heard that **** and the next thing you know it comes out. They had me do a remix, but I tell people, and I will fight it to the end, that I did the original version of that. I’m not mad at anybody, I just want the correct credit. **** that. Y’all can’t
just be robbing mu’****as. If you didn’t do the work, I’ma expose you. When you have an idea and someone just takes it, that’s kind of wack. You must not do much clever thinking. I mean, there ain’t much to it, just make the ****in’ track. A lot of people have gotten ideas from me, a lot of people have learned from me. And that’s all well and good, I love the fact that I can teach somebody. But there’s a lot of manipulators out there, they don’t do the hard work, and think they can just take somebody’s idea.”
Pete Rock has later admitted that he is no longer mad about it and that, at the least, he’s glad it became a classic.