2001 Sixers were playing the Lakers in the NBA finals. At the same time Shaq was cutting a new album. @questlove & I produced a song for him, featuring Common & Black Thought called "In The Sun (Sunshine)"....now, since we're both diehard Sixers fans & the Lakers were beating up on our beloved hometown team(sigh), we both said "I Want Revenge!" (Hollywood Shuffle reference/ask your parents/check your Googles)...under the sampled vox that sang, "In the Sun" we sang our own track (mixed waaaaaaay, I mean waaaaay down low) that said "Iverson" ....only the scaredy cat engineer & us 2 knew about it;)...anyway Shaq was on the show last week and this was the moment right after we finally fessed up:):):)
This is such an excellent story. So, Shaquille O’Neal was a guest on Jimmy Fallon’s show recently, and spent some time hanging out with Fallon’s house band, The Roots, only to find out about some decades-old sabotage.
As explained by longtime collaborator/current member of the group James Poyser, members of The Roots worked with Shaq on a song called “In The Sun” for his 2001 album Shaquille O'Neal Presents His Superfriends, Vol. 1, which was never released (but holy crap, those are some impressive features.)
According to Poyser, he and Questlove — both Philadelphians — were annoyed enough at Shaq’s Lakers beating their beloved Sixers in the 2001 NBA Finals that they decided to sneak some subliminal vocals into the song they produced for him. You can try to listen for it here. I put on the best headphones I could find and turned the volume up as loud as it could go and couldn’t find the secret message, so either I’m missing it or it’s mixed WAY the hell down, but maybe you’ve got sharper ears than I do:
Supposedly when you hear the lyric “in the sun,” you’re also hearing Poyser and Questo sing “Iverson,” which is so brilliant and so devious.
Again, I don’t hear it, but I assume that’s just because these guys didn’t want to screw up Shaq’s song in a way apparent to anyone but themselves. Excellent sneaking, Roots. Pretty good song, too!