Celebrity Interviews

The Legendary Full Force Crew Candidly Speak on Working with Selena and Support From Her Family, Practical Jokes on Rihanna + How Positive Outlook Helped Paul Anthony’s Battle with Cancer

If you don’t know already you’re about to find out that the Full Force crew is your favorite singer’s favorite writer and producer. It may take days to type out all the incredibly success artists they have paved the way for and worked with but we will name a few: James Brown, Selena, NSYNC, Patti Labelle, Bob Dylan, BB King, Rihanna, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

To say the least it was our pleasure to have Paul Anthony, Bowlegged Lou and B-Fine swing through the studio to drop nothing but gems on not only Sway and the crew but listeners al over the world. Starting by singing in the streets at the ages of 9 and 10, the 6 member group rose to the top by creating experimental sounds and building up young artists.

From James Brown to Lisa Lisa to UTFO, the crew recalls meeting and recording with some legendary figures. Recalling the exact outfit James Brown had on when they first met him we hear the crew speak on working with him on his last two top 10 songs. From always calling him Mr. Brown to long studio breaks while Brown spoke with Rev. Al Sharpton, they reflect on the impact the late James Brown had on them.

Working with Selena shortly before she passed away the crew talks about going back to finish “Missing My Baby” after her death and the emotional response from her family who supported them every stop of the way.

They joke about working with Rihanna when she was only 17 and bursting with confidence. Speaking on her bubbly personality they tell stories of practical jokes they played on her as she laughed along with them.

Being asked to work with Britney Spears at a young age the reveal that Brittany blamed them for giving her an ass after their frequent trips to get food while recording together in Brooklyn.

After speaking on all the good times we hear Paul Anthony reflect on his long battle with cancer. Being told he had only two years to live, he credits his positive outlook and not letting the disease get to his spirit as factors for being alive and well 10 years later.

Riddled with gems about music and life you can catch the full interview above.


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