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!