Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Ice-T did a incredible job in this film, if u asked anyone they would tell u that nobody thought Ice could do this. I mean he looked like a natural man! He nailed it and i felt his pain when Nino told him how he killed his mother with no remorse, and how Ice-T whipped his butt outside of the Carter i was right there with him wanting him to do it.
But the ending of this film was crazy cause Nino almost got away wit what he did! This dude was only gonna serve about a year for what he did! Thats insane! But like i said that old man got the last laugh and made sure he got what shoulda came to him. Crazy & Dramatic!
Now the soundtrack to this movie was a major success but im trying to figure out how? It was only 1 hard hip-hop track on here and the rest was R&B!! They labeled this Sdtk contemporary hip- hop & R&B!! Can u believe that? Does this movie has any R&B attitude or flavor in it? Hells Naw!! But this Sdtk sold maddd copies, so remember what i told u before, hip-hop back then was simple and puttin together a Sdtk back then was simple. Just put some music on there from the label and get new acts out there. Thats it. So i had to do what i had to do on this. I only kept 2 songs from orig. Sdtk and scrapped the rest. I gave it that hard edge that this Sdtk. needed plus some melodic joints on there as well. I think i really nailed it on this one and i know if this was 1991 all over again my version would have sold just about as many copies for sure!! Please enjoy it yall!
New Jack City (RTR Version)
Screw Vol. 8
Screw Vol. 7
Screw Vol. 6
BET A.D. #4
Now the soundtrack to this was already kinda good, but it was all over the place. And the mood of the Sdtk was very settle. So i wanted to re-work it to give it some edge and make it hard. Now i did keep some of the songs and added some new ones. I didnt want it to keep it totally west coast, cause i figured this movie kinda crossed over in the east coast as well. The only difference is lifestyles & location. So i did my best to blend east & west coast well on this Sdtk and to take it back to 1993. I think i nailed it personally, so if u have any opinions holla at ya boy and let me know! I told yall im droppin bombs today, and im still loaded!!
Menace II Society Sdtk (RTR Version)
Best of Nashiem Myrick
Clue? Pt. 4
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Clark Kent Knows
Monday, November 26, 2012
Who's The Best MC #3
Medley of Clue #3
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Now unfortunately some people in this film arent here with us today. The dude that was Cube's homeboy with the baby sucker in his mouth is no longer here. How he died i dont know. And the dude that shot Cube's brother in the film aint here no more either. From what i read he was living out that role a little too much in real life and people out there already felt a certain way about him from what he did in the movie to Cube's brother. So he got caught up in that and was killed in jail i think (read up on that if u can but i think im right). So ya some cats got caught up out there like that over this film. This movie was powerful cause nobody seen a story told like this before, it was too real.
The soundtrack to this though was wack plain and simple, im not gonna sugar coat it. There is only like 3 tracks on it that was worth keeping. Back in '91 rap was simple especially for soundtracks. All u had was the one solo track that defined the movie and tons of fillers that had nothing to do wit the movie. So u know i had to spin my take on it. Its pretty much has a west coast feel to it '91 style with a drop of east coast (a drop as in 2 tracks). But i think my version coulda been sold in stores as the official version, im just sayin. Ill let u guys b the judge. Check it out!
Boyz in the Hood (remixed but still jingling)
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
On this Best of i kinda went in a different direction with it cause so many people out there has a Best of from this producer and i didnt want to repeat what they done. So some tracks i chose are familiar but others are joints I bet people didnt know he did. U will be surprised that this man has many bangers u probably never heard. So trust me u will love this mix and it be in rotation in ur car!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The doc. dives into many topics which includes the 5 elements of hip-hop (yall should know that), art of freestyling (which was critical at that time that u should b able to do), record companies (this was the 1st time i actually saw how the corporate world works in hip-hop, to where now that they have a huge impact on), hip-hop blowing up ( in '96 hip-hop was on the cusp of blowing up and money being flown everywhere and they elaborate more on this), marketing (back then hip-hop was pretty simple in marketing, all it was is magazines and commercial ads every now and then), promotion (how many of yall remember Jack the Ripper convention in Miami back then? You wanted to promote ur shit? u had to go there and pass out flyers and demos and talk to radio stations to put urself out there to b known. There was no internet or intricate cell phones back then, u had to go out and grind) & violence in hip-hop (u know hip-hop didnt have major tours for the majority part of the 90s, the way u made ur money was doing shows at clubs or small venues. And most cities didnt want to do that cause hip-hop was just too violent back then. We didnt know how to act. Unlike today where we have more sense back then we just didnt get it and the game was hurt for a bit cause of it).
Now this soundtrack was pretty solid and certain tracks stood out more than others. But to me once again it coulda been more hotter tho. So i had to put my spin on this and revise it a bit. Some tracks i kept and others i discarded. Now every artist on this soundtrack has a tie into this movie somewhat or another, its all related. I hope yall liked what i did and if u havent seen this movie please go and check it out. Rock on yall.
My Rhyme & Reason
Monday, October 29, 2012
Also this tour was a reminder of how cool everybody was wit each other and how dope everybody was at that time. But man o man how have times changed. Jay is still Jay but not the Jay of that time if u understand. Red & Meth arent as relevant anymore. X is self explanatory, plus him and Jay arent as cool anymore either. Beans fell off completely and blames Jay for it.Memphis havent been relevant in years since! Ja ruined his own career. Even Eve fell off and Busta who made a small appearance isnt no where near what he was. So boy how has the times changed, but when i watch this every time it brings me back to that '99-00 time frame when it was all good and the music was great!
Now this soundtrack was a huge success sales wise, it did great numbers. But for me it coulda been way better & hotter. There wasnt even a Method Man or DMX track on this joint??? Aint that crazy? So i had to revise this joint a bit and do my own version of it. Some tracks i kept and the rest i dropped but the tracks i added fit perfectly for the theme of this soundtrack. Its pretty much '99-00 all over again but in a well sequenced way! Hope yall enjoy it and rock out to it! One!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
So Dapper Dan was able to get madddd bulkloads of Gucci, MCM, Louis Vuitton & Fendi print material sent to him from Korea using his connects. And he was able to design custom clothing outfits to cater to the masses of NYC. He was ahead of its time in sort of ways cause those labels wasnt making clothes like this yet, they was still years away from doin anything even similar to this. Dapper was even takin it further by customizing interior of cars using the same print plus wheel covers! So as Dapper Dan was doin his thing making these pieces, the streets was watching and hustlers & gangsters was peepin game. They knew this was the dude to go to get that fly shit that showed others that they was the don dada in the hood. Dapper Dan's store was open 24 hrs a day!! Thats crazy to even think about, but he had people workin around the clock at all times. The hustlers & gangsters of Harlem used to come at all times of the day to get custom pieces of clothing made for them. So now the word of mouth has spread and it caught the hip-hop world's attention. And the 1st MC to put his stamp on it was Rakim & his partner Eric B in the "Paid In Full" video. Once Rakim did that in '86 it was on and poppin from there. Every rapper from the 80's damn near, went to Dapper Dan to get their outfits done. It was only right for this man to outfit you and Mike Tyson knew that too, thats why he hired Dan to be his personal tailor. So that endorsement right there is a official stamp to let u know how big this dude was in the 80's.
I made this mix inspired by that brief time in hip-hop '86-'88, cause that was a time in hip-hop when it was making the move to big time and everybody was being creative. And Dapper Dan was the man leading the way. I tried to create a mix to kind of recapture what the hustlers & gangsters was listenin to in their rides driving up to Harlem 125th St. going to Dapper's coppin their pieces. Thats what i tried to do with this, im pretty sure they was jammin these joints during this time plus every rapper in this mix wore Dapper Dan in some point of time during that period. I hope yall like this joint. I love this mix myself and i will be jammin this alot and i think u will do the same!
Lookin very Dapper!
The Debate Continues......
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Now when the soundtrack came out for this film it was sellin madd copies everywhere. And it was very successful, but to me somethin was missing. To me it wasnt all that great that people thought it was. Now because soundtracks sometimes come out on major labels, the major labels is gonna flood it with tracks by their artists whether they are established one or ones that are brand new and introducing them. If u look on the tracks on here, some of these artists had very short careers if any. So i was thinkin let me flip it. Like pops said on Boomerang, "u gotta flip it!" (i aint gonna say all that he said but u know). Now some of the songs on here i kept, but the others i dropped off and replaced them with tracks that i felt should have been on this soundtrack. This will really bring u back to '98 when everything was poppin and hip-hop was risen to a level to where a movie like could come out. I always say '98 was the final golden year of hip-hop, ever since '99 its been a slow decline to where we at now. I hope yall enjoy this re-working of this soundtrack i put together and bang out to it!! And no there is no Stan Spit tracks on here....smh.
Belly Soundtrack revisted
Easy Mo Bee
Monday, October 15, 2012
My City: H-Town!
Monday, October 8, 2012
BET After Dark 2
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A Medley of Clue Pt. 2
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
In '98 Silkk da Shocker was sellin LPs like hot cakes & No Limit was a label to be reckoned with. Kurupt at this time had built up a nice solo rep displaying very ill rhyme skills and a very solid dope 1st LP Kuruption (which was a double album). DMX was competing with Jigga & Nas for status as #1 MC in the game, he was everywhere in '98 and his 1st LP was flying off shelves. Peter Gunz & Lord Tariq had the whole NY on smash wit 1 record "Deja Vu", this was gettin radio play every 10 seconds it seemed like. And they was the 1st ones to get Jay & Nas on the same record (thats a great feat to me at the time). Cam'ron had all ladies & niggas goin crazy over "Horse & Carriage" then he took it to the streets wit ".357". He showed huge potential and and gave reason to why Biggie made sure he got signed before he passed. The legendary Big Pun was making soundwaves in the game with his spit fire rhymes and puttin boriquas on the map! He was the 1st latino rap artist to have a LP go double platinum! Cappadonna was branching away from the WU and got heads open wit "97 Mentality" which led to his 1st LP The Pillage to receive positive reviews. Eightball went solo and released a platinum plus double album Lost. Noreaga blew heads away wit "Superthug" which was the new anthem worldwide, released a classic solo debut and was featured on so many tracks its way to many to count! Then u have the young neophyte Canibus, an MC who came out of nowhere the previous year who in '98 decided to go against the legendary LL Cool J and damn near ended his career!
Fast Forward to 2012, Silkk made all of his money and disappeared. Kurupt was still kinda relavant thru the years but nowhere near where was at solo wise. DMX is kinda self explanatory, if u would have told me back in '98 that he would fall off i would have laughed at u. Its a damn shame what happened to X. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz 1st LP flopped and went their separate ways. Cam'ron had showed potential thru the last decade and was making strides, in 2002 u could argue he was that dude for a hot minute. But many bad decisions ruined his fate like wearin pink (many people did as well but cmon), beefin wit Jay, beefin wit Nas, beefin wit 50, nursery rhyme style, no longer wit the Diplomats, goin on national TV talkin about he wont never snitch even if the killer is livin next door.....as u can see many decision just killed this dude. The sad fate of Big Pun, just wished he could of watched his weight a little better but we miss him! Cappadonna went from the WU to drivin taxi's! Eightball is a legend wit MJG so his status is pretty much set. Noreaga is very sad one for me, this dude from '98-'01 was one of the most elite MC's in the game. I mean he was star!! But after 2002 he just slowly declined man then in '04 he went reggatoni and look where that went. He started a couple of years ago to get back in the rap game but his audience is much different now. Just very disappointing. And finally Canibus, the 1st bad decision he made was runnin wit Wyclef! That is the worst pairing ever, two different styles that didnt mesh. 2nd bad decison was going against LL, he was winning at 1st then LL dropped "The Ripper Strikes Back" and preserved his career. 3rd bad decision was going against Eminem in '02, he was never gonna win the battle in the public's eye. His albums never sold madd copies and its a shame Def squad or another crew never took him in.
As u can see this class showed mad potential in '98 and couldve been mentioned up there with the class of '86 & '94, but it didnt happen sadly. So i present u a little short mix of the class of '98 to give them some light and u can see what made them so promising! Enjoy!
Freshmen of '98
Friday, September 28, 2012
Biggie to me was the first nigga i seen that was just cool to b him. He was one of the 1st to dress up and brought fashion to the game. I was only in the 7th grade when he came out and i wasnt on that level yet of stylin but he let me know what it meant to dress like that. His lyrics was crazy, i mean i remember when he said "Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, when i was dead broke i couldnt picture this!" Me being in the 7th grade and hearing that in a rhyme was crazy to me!! He seemed like a really cool dude even tho at a young age he was accumulating power. What i mean by that is, when u have a whole coast respecting you for ur artistry is the ultimate form of respect. I mean niggas knew he was #1 and u couldnt say anything about it. I miss him period all the time.
Jay to me came along and had all the skills that was needed to succeed in this game. But he did it quietly and let his words do the talkin. When i 1st seen the Dead presidents video and i saw Biggie in it, i was like ok this nigga is official if Biggie co-signing him. Now i did not buy his 1st LP when it came out, my cousin did. I wasnt ready to go all in just yet. But when i heard it for myself when i borrowed it from him, i was impressed with his word play. So i was thinkin can he keep this up or b a one album wonder? Well he proved me wrong wit In my Lifetime Vol. 1, when i heard this i was all-in sold. Also Jay knew he was always in control, i call it a silent leader. People that was in his camp knew he was the head nigga, then later on other rappers knew he was #1.
Now Nas to me is the reason why i even took hip-hop serious. Yall know the story, back in '94 in the 7th grade i came home from school and turned the channel to BET. And there it was Nas' It Aint Hard To Tell video was on and it changed my life. I never heard a song or beat like that. I looked for that song for a year!! I didnt even know the name of the song, i just knew it was Nas. I remember i asked a friend of mine if he had Nas' Illmatic. He said he had no idea if he had it or not he had to search his house. So i was like damn, fast forward like a month or two i was over his house one late night chillin. And i was walkin thru his house and i stumbled over a tape. I didnt know what it was until i picked it up....and it was the Nas' LP. I was like yo!!! is this it right here?? He said ya thats it, cant believe u found it!! Now still i didnt know what the name of the song was until i came home and popped it in and i realized it was the last song on the album. I clearly must have jammed that joint all day that day and the next!! It was crazy. Nas to me is a great story teller but also a lyrical wizard!! Remember when he came out people was callin him the second coming!! He was the next nigga to take over the game and he did. From '94-95, almost every MC sampled his voice for a track, i mean what else can i say!
Who's the best MC?, I mean we argue all day about this!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
So this is a start of a new R&b series im doin called BET After Dark. If yall are OG BET heads like i was then u already know what it is. Yall know if the music is right and u wit ur ol' lady after dark u already know whats goin down, so i figure that title is appropriate. Plus this is a R&B series, R&B, as yall may know R&B dont exists anymore! Its Pop now, Pop music rules the airwaves now. R&B music requires true talent and a passion and somewhere after '01 i believe that was totally lost. I dont know what or how it happened but R&B music slowly began to vanish to now where its extinct. But thats OK, im gonna do my part to keep it alive! And look, all u young cats out there i was once the same way, i didnt pay attention to R&B when i was young either. It was strictly hip-hop all the time, but remember kiddos u get older and ur tastes change. It took me i guess when i went to high school to realize the true passion for R&B. It grew on me and i love it, my preference for R&B is around '84-85 to about '01. Thats the timeline for me, now i got nothing against older R&B before '84 but its just a little to old for me, i was born in '81 so '84-'88 is when i started hearin my mother playin R&B around that time so thats sticks to me. Hopefully yall will enjoy these mixes man, i put alot into it. I really dont care if i get major DL numbers off of this as well, its some thing i love to do to provide people with music and i will continue to do that no matter what. Enjoy! Oh, and as a added bonus there is another mix i added to this as well. So u gettin 2 for 1!!
BET After Dark pt. 1
Friday, September 21, 2012
Clue? pt. 1
Friday, September 14, 2012
And little tidbits to pass along, did u know Big didnt like Tone when he was a rapper (Red Hot Lover Tone), but went on work wit him when he was a producer? "Jigga My Nigga" was intended for MC Lyte not Jay? "Did U Ever Think" by R. Kelly was almost scrapped cause R. Kelly was hours late for the studio session? Nas was sketchy to work wit them cause he didnt know if they could identify wit him but that changed once they played "The Message" beat for him? just some fun facts for u.
It Aint a Track Unless its Mastered
Saturday, September 8, 2012
U know i think its my responsibility to shine light on people in hip-hop that was nice that the public might of forgotten about. I did that with Sauce Money mix, the Large Pro mix, the Ski Beats mix & recently wit the Mic Geronimo mix. These cats to me was some of the nicest in the game that people sometimes dont recognize. And im here to do that again wit this cat. This dude here has a very intricate story that i think has to be told. Now all my official mixtape niggaz know who he is and dont need no introduction but the rest of you needs to be informed. He's from the YO out in Yonkers. He was from a crime orientated family that was notorious out in NYC, but he branched away from that to the rap game. He came up wit the LOX, he knew DMX when he used to roam the streets wit his pit bulls. He was there in LOX sessions while they was doin their 1st LP. He met & became cool wit Biggie. Biggie wanted to put him in Junior Mafia to add that true italiano feel to them. During those sessions he was cuttin tracks wit the LOX and other underground cats like Mo' Money & Richie Thumbs. DJ Clue used to come out to the studio to get tracks from them to put on his tapes. Genovese Thesis blew him up in the underground scene. People thought he was black when they met him and didnt wanna even believe he was him! Clue kept pumpin him up on his mixtapes wit dope tracks. Nas told him he's one of the nicest out and tried to get him a deal at Columbia. Jermaine Dupri told him he was a very talented MC that he's heard. Around '98 there was a bidding war for him between many labels and Dr. Dre caught wind of him for Aftermath. Dre had to make decision to either sign him or Eminem. We know how that went, but Universal stepped up and signed him. He was put in many ads like the Source & XXL for his album promo. He had a video that was on MTV & BET back in 2000. Then 3 weeks before his LP was supposed to come out, Universal dropped him. They said his name was too controversial and couldnt deal wit him, rumor was he was blackballed after that. So man, as u can see this man has a crazy ill story. I 1st heard of him matter of fact way back in '96 on that Thumbs Up joint wit the Lox & Richie Thumbs. But at that time i didnt know he was on the song. So fast forward to 2000, and at a flea market back in NJ i copped DJ Self's Best of the Lox and heard Genovese's Thesis and the rest was history. I must had that joint repeat and jammed it 20x straight. I never heard a track like that and the beat was crazy! Its time to find out for urself the real deal on this cat and see the skills that earned him many acclaim but also backlash. Peep the flavor yall!
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Man, i still remember when I 1st heard "Masta IC" on Rap City! It had me in a trance, i never heard a track like that before. The beat was hypnotic! The video was awesomely shot by a unknown director at that time...his name was Hype Williams. The slow motion views in the video was dope! It bring back crazy memories. I was a instant fan of this cat when this dropped. I remember my moms taking me and brother to the record shop shortly after that and i bought that single! I must played this joint like 10-15 a day for minute there. But because of him i was able hear Jay Z, Ja Rule & DMX for the 1st time. He put alot of cats on like Royal Flush. But he received flack caused he teamed up wit Puff for his 2nd LP, look i dont give a damn, he made the right choice at that time. In '97 Puff coulda ran for president, he was da shit and u gotta ride that wave anyway u can and thats what he did. Its a shame things didnt go well career wise after that but he had a great run in the game. Now this DJ who put this tape together i dont know much about, but its all tight tho! Enjoy this joint and remember he is always gonna b the Masta IC!
Monday, August 20, 2012
People seem to forget that DJ Quik was a dope rapper in early 90s plus is nice producer as well. His 1st 2-3 LPs are considered classics. He was one of the 1st west coast rappers to rock a perm! Before Snoop & Dru Down, Quik had that perm goin! Heck he even put on Fab 5 Freddy to get one when he came to the west coast to interview him on a episode of Yo! MTV Raps! Now back then i really didnt pay attention to Quik, but i did know he was apart of that gang culture and back in my younger days that was no joke so i stayed away from that. But as i got older i heard some of his early joints and i was impressed! He can say also that he produced a track for Pac & Jay Z, not too many people can say that.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Around this time in '91, hip-hop wasnt pretty much on my radar. It was very casually at this time. We was all jammin Hammer, i dont care what yall say back then Hammer made u want to dance. You just couldnt resist it. And yes i liked Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice when it 1st came out. We was all singing it at school when it 1st came out but over time it became evident not to be liking him and i remember u would clowned if u did. Plus me and my friends was comin up wit our own versions of OPP and still wondering what the hell it meant. Last but not least, it was around this time when I was 1st introduced to Tribe Called Quest. I was over my dads friends house, and i was chillin wit his son in his ride (he was older than me), i asked what was he jammin in his car? He handed me over a tape and it was The Low End Theory . He said they were dope and he let me hear "Butter" and the rest shall they say is history!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The year of 1992 was a memorable one to me. It was my 5th grade year and all i wanted to do is play basketball, watch the Chicago Bulls on WGN (only certain cities was gettin this channel back then and i lived in Tx! Far away from Chicago huh?) and chill wit my friends at the Rec Center. But this was the year i started picking up on hip-hop music. What i mean by that was actually gettin a walkman and jam a tape. The 1st tape i begged my mother to buy was Kris Kross' 1st LP that came that year. At the time if u was in my age bracket, we was all jammin Kris Kross! I learned how to dance a little bit from them (just that one dance move they did all the time, watch the vid for Warm It Up and u know what im talkin about), and i got saggin from them. I abused saggin my pants back then man, i used to do it hard all the time until my moms caught me one time and it stopped momentarily but i was right back on it soon after. But i never, i repeat, i never wore my clothes backwards! No sir, not ever. Around this time everybody kept the tag on their Starter hats & kept the Nike tags on their sneakers, it was mandatory style back then. But the music of hip-hop changed me that year and it wasnt only Kris Kross, "TROY" by Pete Rock & CL gave me a certain feeling. Das Efx came out wit a crazy style that was just too ill, i remember thinking to my self i never heard nothing like this before. Redman came wit "Time 4 sum aksion" and if u watched boxing back then Tyson came out to this record, and u know what that meant for the opponent! EPMD had my head bobbin hard to "Crossover"! That track had me goin nuts, that bassline and that Troutman sample had a nigga feenin. I remember when that track came on the radio i begged my parents to leave it there so i can listen to it then tell them to scan the stations so i can hear it again. Man '92 was a memorable one for me no worries and loads of fun. I miss those days! On a side note, while i was making this Fat Tape my PC was actin up so i apologize for any pauses during this tape. Im sorry but i couldnt scan the tracklisting for this tape from the issue i have but trust me its a dope one! Enjoy!
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Back in '97 was the 1st time i heard of a rapper called DMX. When i heard Mase's 1st LP for the time, up came track #3 "Take Whats Yours". To me til this day that is one of the best tracks Mase ever did but i digress....As im reading the back of tracklisting i see a appearance on the track by somebody called DMX. Im thinkin who in the hell is that? So as im listening to it i can tell his voice is very raw & hard. Plus he was only on the hook on the record so i dont have alot to go on to form a opinion. Basically for me, he became a after thought and i didnt expect much from him. Then about a couple months later I copped LL's Phenomenon LP (dope album to me, i dont care what yall say), and thats when i heard him again on the "4321" track. Now i get a chance to actually hear this man rhyme! And boy he didnt dissapoint, he completely ripped that joint! We all know thats a classic record and X made sure people knew who he was! Now another question for me arose, what the hell this man look like? How does his style look? Is he that grimy? That question would b answered soon enough.
A couple weeks after the LL album came out, my family went to go visit my grandma's house to visit and chill. Me and my brother went to the back guest room to look at TV. As we was flicking thru the channels it crossed my mind that yo! Rap city is on, lets check that out. So i turn it to BET and i was able to catch it. I dont remember who on the show but they was talking to somebody then they went back to showin vids. When they did the vid for "4321" came on. I was like oh snap, they made a video for this joint!! I was very happy & amped for this cause this was my 1st time seeing it! So im watching and i see Meth's part then Redman's part then.....X's part came on! I was like now i know what this nigga look like! And he looked hard and those pit bulls he had wit him was no joke (and that would soon b a common theme of his)! I was like his style is tight and he sounds dope, i hope i hear from him again soon. Little did i know the next time i would heard from him will b a game changer for the whole entire hip-hop world!
Fast forward to early '98, i came home from school and straight to my room to catch Rap City (it was a daily ritual people!). So im sittin there watching it and once again I forgot who the guest was but they finished talkin to him and they went back to the vids. All of a sudden next vid was filmed in black & white, you can hear a sound of a heartbeat goin in the beginning, then certain clips start comin up like a welcome to Yonkers sign-X standing next to a little kid-a Tunnel Flyer saying DMX performing tonite. Then next the screen blacks out and all u hear is "Lets take it back to the streets mother beeeeeeeeep!! BAM! the beat kicks in and the vid starts! For next 4 minutes and 3 seconds im locked in watchin this vid! I never heard a record like that with that much energy in it!! It changed my life, i didnt think hip-hop music can b that hard!! Plus the vid was filmed at the Tunnel. Up to that point i only read about the Tunnel, i never knew what it looked like or anything so it was good to see that! After that vid, everybody's fav phrase was "Get At Me Dog" or "Where my Dogs at?" Niggas was doin dog noises and the whole nine, barking and everything! DMX brought that out of niggas, he represented for all the hard rocks. It was a connection there that he tapped to that up to that point only Pac did & Ja Rule attempted to do (hate to bring that up but its true). Remember this was only his 1st single and people was foaming at the mouth waiting for that LP to come out! He was featured on countless tracks after that and his buzz was at a all time high! It got only higher when vids for "Ruff Ryders Anthem " & "Stop Being Greedy" came out. When word got out that his album would b coming out in May '98, i circled that on my calendar and was ready for it!
Here comes May, and I made a b-line straight to my local music store "On-Cue" (store no longer exists) to pick up this LP. Back then if u cop albums the day they came out it would b on sale for like 11.99 or 12.99, then after a while it will b 16.99 or somethin like that. So u had to get the joints the day they dropped it to get the best price (do any of yall remember that?). When i made it back home, I popped that CD in with the quickness and began my musical journey. The LP gets u goin right away with the intro! The beat to the intro is very eerie like u watching a action drama or something like that! And X killed the beat to it so i love it!! And Tyson loved it too cause thats the same joint he played as his intro when he entered the ring during that time! The next track i love is "Hows It Goin Down", I jam this still til this day. I love the beat and everything about it. X lyrics on this joint is straight real with no filler. Plus the vid to this joint is real dope. Hype did a great job on it! Then we move on to "Crime Story", on this X just tells a story that u have listen closely to see what he talkin about. The beat is basic but perfect for what he talkin about. Movin on wit "I Can Feel It", Dame Grease did his thing on this one. He sampled Phil Collins' track very nicely and X went in on this as well. I love the way this track flowed very smoothly! Now we got the closers of closers! I cant think of another LP that closed the way X closed with "Niggas Done Started Something"!! 1st off every nigga killed this track!! I couldnt believe Mase can go that hard!! That was Murder Mase on that 1. The beat to this is crazy! I must have lost my mind when i 1st heard this! I repeated this song so many times that i remembered the lyrics to this very quickly!! Now for a tidbit that i didnt know on this track, did yall know this track orig. came in 1996???!!! I have this on a Clue tape from '96!! When I found out about this a couple years ago it completely blew my mind!! Im thinking this track was a new track that came out in '98 not '96!! Crazy right??? But this this track has to go down on the list as one of the best posse tracks ever!! No question!!
When i think back to '98 when this album came out it brings back memories of hip-hop that I once new. At that time hip-hop was hot and exclusive, everything was just on fire! Back then people was selling mad records, like u was gonna go to the record store and cop that album no matter what! Some of us didnt even make it home to listen to it, we just take it out the plastic and pop it in our rides and jam it right away! I still have my orig. copy of this LP from '98! Yes its scratched up but it still works and im keepin it!! The memories from this LP are countless. Like my senior year our basketball team had a whole pre-game routine wit "Ruff Ryders Anthem" You know what i mean? They all had white t-shirts with the sleeves cut, with the Ruff Ryders logo drawn on it in red on the front and with the players last name and # drawn on the back. My boy John Brinkley (R.I.P) had a vision and put it all together! But the energy for all that was DmX, he brought that out of us back then. It was crazy, i miss those times man. They just dont happen like that anymore.
I give this LP the complete 5 star rating!! Hands down!! Whats ur thoughts on this LP?
Monday, July 9, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012
What this is, is a history lesson on how tapes was done during the golden era! This DJ has put out some of the most incredible tapes in mixtape history, and also some of the rarest! Just pay attention and take notes! Thanks for the shout-out Nick!!