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Content - Elements will focus on all elements of Hip Hop culture: MCs, DJ's, Breaking and Graffiti - on a local, national, and
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First of all,there's too much on my mind and insufficient
r.e.m.s has forced me to say fuck it, I need sleep, let's just
copy out some bugged lyrics from someone. So, without further adieu (or some shit like that) here's some
un-elementary lyrics from our good friend Dr. Octogon
from Jupiter:
(Paging Dr. Octagon...Code Blue in sector 19)
First patient, pull out the skull remove the cancer
Breakin' his back, chisel necks for the answer
Super sonic, bionic, robot voo doo power
Equator X, my chance to flex skills on Ampex
With power needles and heaters gauge anitfreeze
Octagon oxygen, illuminate intoxicants
More ways that blow blood cells in your face
React with four bombs and six fire missiles
Armed with seven rounds of space doo doo pistols
You may not believe livin' on the Earth planet
My skin is green and silver, baldhead lookin' mean
Astronauts get played, tough like a ukelele
As I move in rockets, overriding levels
Nothing's aware. Same data same system.
Controlled by gamma light!
Earth people, New York to California
Earth people, I was born on Jupiter...
Now my helmet's on,you can't tell me I'm not in space
With the national guard, United States Enterprise
Diplomat of swing with aliens at my feet
Comin' down a rampart through beam on the street
Obselete computes compounds and dead sounds
As I locate intricately independent, economic
Vomit I say, restore food
In castle D, my program is ability far reaction
And response to a no one
Identification code, unidentified
I got cosmophonic, press a button, change my face
You recognize. So what?  I turn invisible
Make myself clear, reappear to you visual
Dissappear again, zap like an android
Face the fact I fly on planets everyday
My nuclear strength repaired, I return again
My 7XL is not yet invented
Earth people, New York to California
Earth people, I was born on Jupiter...
Space ranger, contact tubes send 'em Fed Ex
I program one and go to Earth through the fax machine
My number's 7097556EL3 computer file 9-3
Digital level, standing on the terminal
Upside down, through polygons fighting pentagons
Changing blue skin, my brown color's comin' back
I'm psychedelic this time, comin' rainbow!
Look at the green lights and y'all see my brain glow
Five colors: Yellow, black and red and green, purple...
Earth people...
- Kool Keith aka Dr. Octagon Or-„
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When did you first get started?
Um, like '83-'84. The first records I bought was
like "Sucker MCs" and Davy DMX "One ForThe
Treble". Some DJ's in the neighbourhood that
were known like DST, Chuck Chillout Red Alert,
Jam Master Jay, they were always the people I always looked up to. I was always carrying records
for Chuck Chillout in '87-88, and I got a chance
on the radio in '88 when he couldn't come in one
night Then when he got fired and went to WBLS
he brought me to be his DJ. Then we both got
fired from there and Red brought me to KISS FM
to be his fill in DJ. Then HOT 97 heard me in the
club and fillin' for Red and gave me a job.
So you been around as far as radio in New
Definitely. I've also done remixes for Montell Jordan, Duran Duran, Christopher Williams, Miss
Jones - I've done a lot of stuff. Mostly I'm into
productions now. I've got the Yvette Michelle single out
So you don't really touch Hip Hop as much
as R & B when it comes to production.
Yeah, I mean Akinyle & Sadat X was a record I
produced. I had a record "Six Million Ways To
Die" with 9MM.
Speak about HOT 97 for a minute.
I'm on everyday of the week. I've been there for
about 3 years. I try and play everything Reggae,
old school, new school, classics, um... anything the
people want to hear. I try and make it a party
atmosphere. I like to do a lot of scratchin' and
stuff too.
I'm not afraid to say it I feel that I am the #1
party rocker when it comes to rockin' a party. I
feel that they're trick DJ's. They are the #1 trick
DJ's. I think both are just as important in terms
of music and DJ status. I'm not sure who's better
in terms of... I would say them, because that DJ
won the DMC.
into a new artists and a little bit of mixing. Then
I said let's put freestyles, and then it was just like
let's do a mix tape.
And you did it live?
Yeah, and it's one take.
How do you approach playing a club as apposed to your radio show?
With the clubs I'm a lot more familiar than I am
on radio. On the radio I like to play a lot more
new music. I like to give people a balance of everything. I think that I've always been original in
my flow of things. I've always wanted to give people variety and play for the people. I think that's
what helped me a lot with my success.
Where did the title "New York's #1 DJ"
come from?
People just kinda gave it to me.
I read in this magazine Thick that the X-
Men were questioning that
Yeah, I get a lot of that with DJ's and stuff but and
Yeah, Roc Raider.
Yeah. So they're #1 at their craft and I would
never take that away from them.
Let's speak about the "MixTape" for a second. Who's idea was it to take a mix tape
and put it on wax and CD and distribute it
through a major label. Your kinda stepping
into uncharted territory.
That was me, but an album on a major normally
presses vinyl, CD's and tapes and those things. I
definitely wanted to have it on CD 'cause you
know, a lot of people still use the cassettes in the
deck but other than that a lot of people use CD's
in their houses. DJ's like vinyl, and if they like a
piece of the vinyl I want to get it out there for
them. It came from different things. First it was
just a compilation of new artists. Then it turned
What about the freestyles. Are they on dub
Yeah, so I would mix and then throw the dub plate
in and then mix again, but you know, it was all
one take.
Your doing this "MixTape" thing with Loud,
but what other labels you on.
I'm on Loud/RCA, Nervous/Wreck, and I had a
Flip Squad deal over at Relativity but now it's going to be on Geffen. A label deal through Geffen.
Before we end this, break down who's all in
Flip Squad?
Flip Squad is Frankie Cutlass, Big Kap, DJ Enuff,
Mr. Cee, DJ Doo Wop, DJ Riz and myself. We're
really just a group of party DJ's.
march     5 Mix Master Mike & Zodak at "Drunken Monkey II"
Mad Child of Swollen Members at "Drunken Monkey II
DJ Precise (of Elemental) & Cipher
What's the word? Congratulations to Ghetto Concept
for winning the Juno for the 2nd year in a row. Last year
they won for their track "Certified" and this year they took
top honors with "EZ OnThe Motion". The other four nominees were Vancouver's Cipher for "Peeps", Toronto's Elemental for their debut "Drama", Saukrates for "Still
Caught Up" and U.B.A.D. for "The Legacy"... 102.7 CFRO's
"Krispy Biscuit" mix show got themselves a new co-host by
the name of Sean Ski, Ski, ski. He'll be doin' his thing
along side Incredible Ease and Kilo-Cee every Tuesday
night at midnight on the radio. Word to Gerald... Swollen Members members Prevail and Madchild have been
working hard on their upcoming album over the past few
months. Featuring guest spots from the likes of Del the
Funkee Homosapien & Tony Da Skitzo and production credits going to Del, Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies),
Zodak and DJ's MixMaster Mike and Babu on the cut.
Word?... R.T.A. has released their debut 12" entitled "Indecision" b/w "Ya Need To Quit". For info contact First
Imperial Recordings at (604) 875-9650... Saukrates' debut
LP FatherTime will be released in April. The next single will
be "Play That" featuring Common... O.C.who also appears on Saukrates album has signed on to Pay Day Records
since Wild Pitch folded... KRS One is the author of a new
book that claims to teach rappers how to achieve commercial success entitled The Science Of Rap. The book only
costs about $10 dollars, go buy it... Hey DJ's!!! The vinyl
copy of Lord Finesse's specially priced 9 song EP, The Awakening will feature an additional instrumental record of the
whole album. Word?... Slick Rick, who managed to avoid
being deported back to England late last year, has been denied parole but is currently working in a work release program preparing for his next album... Snoop and his bodyguard were aquited of first and second degree murder on
Febuary 20th... Peanut Butter Wolf, who shined on The
Bomb Compilation's Return Of The DJ record with "The
Chronicals", will be releasing Step On Our Egos, his own
compilation album featuring unsigned arists Charizma
(R.I.P.), Zest the Smoker, Encore, Fifty Grand,
Subcontents and Clept the Contortionist. The record
will be released by South Paw Records and will be only
available on vinyl. Word?... Pharcyde's newest promotional package is a 45 blue vinyl record for their single
"Runnin"' featuring an unreleased b-side called "Emerald
Butterfly"... Jeru the Damaja is currently in the studio
with Premier working on his follow up to The Sun Rises In
The East. Word?... Heltah Skeltah will be releasing their
long anticipated full length LP Nocturnal in June. The other
half of Fab 5, Originoo Gunn Clappaz will be dropping
their album The Storm in July featuring a guest apperance
from that wild cowboy Sadat X. In the mean time, Fab 5's
record label, Priority, is releasing a remix for "Leflaur.Leflah"
that will have "Letcha Brainz Bio" on the flip side... Busta
Rhymes upcoming solo album The Coming features a Leaders OfThe New School track to let the world know that
elements they never broke up, not for a second. Speaking of Busta, he's teamed up with
the Ol' Dirty Bastard for a remix of "Woo Hah!" that may be hazardous to
your health... The Geto Boys are getting back together to record a reunion
album entitled Ressurection... Other upcoming LP releases include ATribe Called
Quest's Beats, Rhymes and Life on Jive, De La Soul's Stakes Is High on Tommy
Boy, Large Professor's The LP on Geffen, Bahamadia with Kollage on EMI,
Smooth Da Hustler's Once UponATime In America on Profile, Eric Sermon's
compilation Insomnia on Interscope, Omniscence's The Raw Factor on Eastwest
and Kwest Tha Madd Ladd's This Is My First Album on American... Penalty
Records newest artists Capone & Noriega have teamed up with Mobb Deep
and Havoc's cousin Tragedy the Intelligent Hoodlum and released a response
record to the Dogg Pound's "New York, New York" called "L.A., L.A." They
recorded the record under the name 25 to Life and rhymed over that same
"New York, New York" beat. But just like the Dogg Pounds track about New
York, 25To Life ain't really sayin' shit about L.A. Why?... Big Noyd got out from
incarceration and is now in the studio with The Infamous Mobb working on his
shit. His next joint will be the "Recognize & Realize" sequel featuring Havoc
passing the mic this time around with Noyd and Prodigy... Ras Kass' next joint
is going to be "Miami Life" and is taken from the soundtrack to the upcoming film
The Substitute... Fat Joe's new 12" "Envy" features Raekwon the Chef and
Showbiz trading verses with Mr. Joey Crack... Check for the new RZA remix
of AZ's "Doe Or Die"on EMI that sounds like it's straight out the basement.
Once again Raekwon makes a guest appearance. Shit's dope. Might as well
check for Genius' latest 12" "Shadowboxing" b/w "4th Chamber" on Geffen and
while you're at it ya might as peep out Royal Flush with "Movin' On Ya Weak
Production" on Blunt, Group Home's "Suspended In Time" b/w "The Realness"
on Pay Day and Large Professor's long awaited return "Mad Scientist" b/w
"Spacy" on Geffen... MC Search is back independently with a new group called
Non Fiction and a new twelve inch called "Legacy". The group consists of
Search, III "Let me get the needle, pass it..." Bill and a couple of other MCs.
Other independent records out include Rhythm X's aka Dr. Octagon's aka Big
Willie Smith's aka Kool Keith's "Wanna Be a Star" b/w "Slide We Fly" on Funky
Ass, Rascalz' "Dredded Fist" b/w "Clockwork" on Figure IV, Saukrates' "Father
Time" b/w Choclair's "21 Years" on Day Productions, Marvel from Figures of
Speech has a song out on a white label (for now) called "Words Of b/w Saukrates'
"California" (over D'Angelo's "Lady" beat), Organized Konfusion produced
Mr. Complex with "Feel Me I'm Rhymin'Against the Grain" on Core Records,
Frek Sho's 4 song EP Sho &. Tell, Chill Rob G with "Let Me Know Somethin'" on
some label, Company Flow with their debut album Fun Crusher on some other
label and Jay-Z's "Dead Presidents" on Roc-A-Fella Records. Word.
Vancouver airwaves
"The Show" Sat. 6-8pm with Checkmate, Flipout &j Swing
"Awara House" Tue. 6-7pm with Shazia & Homa
"Hip Hop Habit" Every other Mon. 7-9pm with Otis
CFRO I02.7fm
"Krispy Biscuit" Tue. midnight with Ease, Sean Ski & Kilo-Cee
"No Mercy On The Groove" Mon. 4-5pm with Ebony & Kemo
"Beats 2 The Rhyme" Mon. I-7am with Maximus Clean
GJSF 9J.9fm
"Straight No Chaser" Fri. 8-1 Opm with Trevor Chan & Matt Chan
Tony Da Skitzo at "Drunken Monkey II"
Del at "Drunken Monkey"
march     7 Wi
f e're on some strictly vibe shit. I don't
like music that sound planned. Like you
plan it to go commercial. I don't even
listen to commercial rap really." There it is as
defined by OutLoud: Vibe shit. Strict universal
east coast flavored vibe shit is the best way to
describe the music coming from the duo, Blahzay
Blahzay. East New York has been the breeding
ground for many a dope group to emerge from.
From Jeru to Black Moon to Ol' Dirty and company to Diggety Das, Brooklyn always has and
always will have a strong voice in Hip Hop's progression. Even though Hip Hop is now worldwide with distinct sounds coming from specific
regions, the birthplace of this baby can never be
fronted on.
Blahzay's debut single, "Danger" is a decidedly
east coast anthem but OutLoud   t
and P.F. Cuttin'   ^
are confi
dent that audiences around the globe will appreciate and respect it as just a dope ass Hip
Hop jam. Their music speaks multitudes, so as
far as image or gimmicks is concerned they felt
the best way to present themselves would be
through their music, so whatever the name of
the group is, is irrelevant or blahzay blah. The
group functions as a self contained entity, handling all their own production and have contributed their skills on noteworthy projects such as
Jeru's original demo package (unreleased material) as well as working with fellow Crooklynite
Masta Ace among others. Blahzay are no new
comers to this rap shit by any means. OutLoud
has been molesting microphones for over ten
years and P.F. Cuttin' has been DJin' since 1984
and his mix tapes circulate from coast to coast
He could also soon be the newest Rock Steady
DJ out of New York 1
join the
likes of Skribble and Tony Touch. OutLoud and
P.F. have been friends for a long time, b boyin',
writing grafitti, rhymin' and shit before they decided to do music together circa 1986. Within
those years they were steadily perfecting their
craft while learning valuable information relating to the music business to better prepare themselves for the snakes of the industry butOudoud
wearily states that, "to this day stuff still surprises me. You definitely have to have your business together, coming into the business."
Following the classic tradition of an MC on the
mic and a DJ on the steel wheels, Blahzay promises to deliver an album with an "urban vibe"
reflecting a combination of black and Latino backgrounds. RF. Cuttin' being a Latino, shares his
feelings on the role and contribution of Latinos
in Hip Hop, specifically MCs. "To be perfectly
honest man, I've never met a dope Hispanic rapper. It just so happens that the reason props is
not given is cause nigguhz ain't representing
properly. I mean, Fat Joe is dope, ya know, he's
Latino. I think it's just a matter of, 'Let's not
focus on the faces and the colors and let's just
i hear what they got' Ifit's dope, it's dope. There's
just a handful of people representing, it's time
to really show people what time it is."
As far as this exaggerated and exhausted east
versus west bullshit Blahzay regard it as being
nothing more than a mere mirage and assure
that it's not as deep as people are led to believe.
Competition and battling is the nature of Hip
Hop itself so the argument could be made that
this east versus west fallacy is just a larger scale
MC Shan versus Boogie Down Productions confrontation. But it's not the same, what's the
difference? Outloud contributes his insight:
"The difference was, that when we were doin' it
back in the days, over the boroughs.it was more
just vibe. It was just liveness, it was just Hip
Hop. Now you can tell it's just poisoned by
money. They're just doin' it for record sales." It
is quite apparent to any logical Hip Hop head
that this CREAM inspired motive could potentially damage Hip Hop's progression and taint
its true essence, by distorting new listeners and
the masses that this is what Hip Hop is all about
in 96. What it really is is a self destructive, divide and conquer type of behavior that WILL
potentially mortally wound Hip Hop. Sound like
an over reaction? RF. Cuttin' begs to differ, "It's
very dangerous. Cause what's gonna end up
happening is a lot of artists from L.A. ain't gonna
be able to come out here. And a lot of us from
out here ain't gonna be able to go out there.
It's gonna be nothin' but beef." And when all
those gimmicks play out, remember how
Blahzay's gimmick was, as RF. puts it "just dope
dope music man. You know, just keepin' it real
from the street. The DJ and the MC." Danger!
8     elements by Checkmate
Let's take it back to about three years
ago... the place is Flushing, Queens; the
man, an aspiring 19 year old MC named
Mic Geronimo. "I used to rock at talent
shows and shit, and then y'know.my man
Irv had seen me one night and he said
he had some studio time and did I wanna
do a I'il demo." That was just the beginning for the now 22 year old MC also
known as the Masta I.C. Geronimo got
his name from one of his songs back in
the day called "Microphone Geronimo"
and the shit stuck. Signed to the young
indie label Blunt Recordings, Mic has recently released his debut album entitled
"The Natural". Ironically, when he first
shopped his demo record companies
weren't interested so, like other hungry
artists before him, he pressed up his own
12 inch. The idea was to create a buzz
in the industry so record labels would
take notice and the plan evidently
worked. "Shit's Real" set it off for
Geronimo. Not only did the single hook
him up with a deal but it also became an
underground classic. When asked where
the funding came from for tHat first
record all Mic had to say was "We just
came up with the loot." Payin' dues...
word up.
So you basically put your self on,
doin' your own thing.
Mic Geronimo: Straight up! I ain't really tryin' to focus on nothing except on
doin' it the way I been doin' it... the way
I know how.
That's what's fly about this cat - no
braggin' or complacency in the rhymes
and no dissin' and preachin'. It's just
some shit my man put down for himself
and his niggaz. "The Natural" is a fitting
title for Geronimo's debut in that he
busts about what comes naturally to him.
So you just bustin' about your surroundings and environment.
Right. Y'know, shit I've been through and
shit my people is goin'through... just the
Geronimo runs with his clique known
as the Wasteland Family, who are featured on the album on "Men Vs. Many".
O.C., Royal Flush, and this other nigga
C-Lo all rhymed on that song which is
possibly the albums tightest track. It will
be featured on the b-
side of Geronimo's
upcoming single
You Are".
What's up
with your
Fam.       Well
Royal  Flush  is
out on Blunt. O.C.
got a deal with Pay
Day, he's chillin'. And C-
Lo, we workin' with him now.
He's gonna do his thing.
So   shit's   goin'
good  for you
now, on the
Well y'know,
I can't complain
It's taken it's
course so I'm
just working   diligently.
You gettin* paid or you gettin'
Naw, I ain't never been pimped!
No Question! But you know that
shit does happen.
You gotta watch out. You in that type of
world so you gotta play the game accordingly.
When I asked Geronimo how he classified his shit, he said "It's just me."
Short statement, but it's hella
true. All you gotta do is peep
the album to find out what
we're talkin' about. Out.
march     9 -V
''■ .   ...yX$$'" W FINESSE
Growing up in the "Boogie Down" South Bronx listening to the likes of Grand Master Flash,TheTreach-
erous Three and The Cold Crush Brothers, Lord Finesse was fortunate to bear witness and experience
Hip Hop in it's earlier stages, back when it wasn't done for the cash and it was all about fun and rockin*
the house. Ever since he first grabbed a mic, Finesse's freestyle rhyming and now signature punchline
delivery has helped build himself a rep for rockin' house parties, rippin' outdoor jams and dominating
MC battles. A record deal was inevitable in 1989 when Wild Pitch signed him up to record his first
album Funky Technician which spawned the classics "Strictly For The Ladies" and the "Yes You May"
remix. But as all classic Hip Hop albums from that time (or anytime for that matter), its sales weren't
there and he and Wild Pitch went their separate ways. In 1992 he released his sophomore effort on
Giant, Return OfThe Funky Man which continued on from where the last album left off but again Finesse
fell victim to a record label that was not willing to put time and money into promoting their artist
properly. These two incidents with record labels led Finesse to step away from the mic for a minute and
turn his focus to production. Now in 1996 Finesse is back on the mic AND behind the boards after
signing with Penalty Records and has just released his third and best effort entitled, The Awakening.
What have you been up to since your
last LP?
Well, a lot of production. Since the last LP
I've definitely been doin' mad production
from you name it, I done it. After doin' production I felt that a lot of things I was doin'
for other artists wasn't shinin' how I wanted
it to shine, or if I was performing on it, it
would have gone a little further. That made
me want to get to my own album.
What made you decide to make the
transition from MC to producer?
Well it's like, not to take anything away from
the producers I work with cause they hit me
with stuff, but they don't know what I feel
inside. Only I know what I feel inside and
what I want to rhyme to and that's the difference between this project from the last
project. I'm finally experienced enough to
hook up the tracks myself and be up in the
studio with just me and the engineer and
make it happen.
How do you feel about your last LP?
Not to good.   It coulda went way further
- interview by J Swing -
than what it went, but it's cool.
What do you think the reason for that
Me. I was probably confused and didn't know
which route I wanted to take. There was a
lot of things that were bothering me on the
last album. The label couldn't feel what Finesse was about and take him to the next
level. They was really lost with my project. I
feel now that I'm back with an independent
small label they can feel where I want to go
and hopefully they have enough money to
take it there this time around.
What happened with Bandoola
Records and that track "Check The
Bandoola, that's like... let me see what terminology I can use. It was like I was an informed passenger on the titanic and I just
got off before it sunk. When they started
sinkin' I was already in my life raft goin' somewhere else, y'know. And "Check The
Method", that's not on nothin'. The more I
was doin', the better I was becoming so it's
like I don't know - maybe "Check The
Method" will be on the next album or a b-
side or somethin'. It's not over with cause I
still got it, I just don't know what I'm gonna
do with it.
So you're with Penalty now. Did you
want to go with a smaller label or were
you lookin' to get picked up by a major?
Yeah, I was lookin' for a smaller independent
because I wanted more control. Finesse
needs control in order to make it happen
cause it's like a lot of majors got the money
but don't got a clue. And since they don't
have a clue the artists suffer. So I'd rather go
with a label that has a clue and knows what
Finesse is about and try to expand off that
than try and do it the other way around.
Is that why you called the new E.P."The
Awakening", because of what you went
through in the past with Wild Pitch,
Giant and Bandoola?
Yeah, it's like I woke up. I woke up years
later after a couple of experiences and I'm
just ready to make it happen in 9-6. This is
it.  This is pull all your stops here, cut all
march      11 your wires here, this is where it comes down
to on this new album. This is just the beginning. Like I said "The Awakening", it's just
me waking up to a new day. It's like a resurrection but I didn't wantttrcall it resurrection. I wanted to call it an awakening because now I'm seeing a lot of different things
than before. Even when I perform at shows
nowadays I go back. See, when I
performed before I never did
none of the old stuff, whatever I
had out then and there that's
what I performed. Now I go all
the way back to "Strictly For The
Ladies" or "Yes You May" remix.
I go back. That heads be like'Oh
shit! That was him."
That's what you gotta do
'cause those are classic
joints right there.
Exactly. See I never felt that
those were classics due to the
fact that I didn't get the commercial success that I wanted to get.
That made me go 'Damn man, I
don't want to perform that. I'm
only going to perform my updated shit cause my updated shit
is better.' But that's not so.
Once I started performin' the
old joints it's like the whole club
would be singin' it with me -
that's like an awakening. It's like
'Oh shit, I didn't know that shit
was hot. I think I better start
doin' it, y'know.'
You weren't feeling those
songs at all?
I don't know, I never got to the
place I want to get in Hip Hop, I
mean I got props, but I never got
the props I wanted to get. Then
I woke up and realized I don't
have to have no commercial success to be that player in the
game, to be that official type
nigguh in the game. All I gotta
do is be myself, do what makes Finesse best.
What does this E.P. have to accomplish
to reach the success you have in mind
for it?
It don't even have to go gold, all it got to do
is reach that level of respect where people
know who Finesse is and what Finesse is
about. That's all. I been in the game 8 years
and I just want to be in the game for a good
10, 12 maybe 15 years. If I'm in the game
then I got ways of makin' money. You stop
makin' money once you're out the game. So
as long as I'm in the game whatever I'm gonna
get is going to rightfully come to me sooner
or later. I can't plan it, I can't ask for it, it just
comes when it comes.
How has the rap game changed from
when you first got into it, to now?
Well it's like, now it's more business. I mean
it was business before, but now it's more
business than talent. Videos over shine talent. Instead of people being who they really
are you can become some type of cartoon
character or a mob figure and front it out on
records and sell records. Whereas before it
was just fun, it was entertainment. Now they
took it to a movie level, cause everything you
see and hear ain't always real. But a lot of
consumers don't really see that.They think
that shit be really happening until they see
their rap artist get into some type of incident then they know all that stuff they say
on rap records wasn't actually real, it was
made up. I'm sayin', how many artists you
know cop pleas at the end of the day after
they sell their records. All rappers want to
do is get to a certain level and then that's
that. All of a sudden they're not that portrayed characters on their records. 'Naw,
that was just for the sales. Now I got the
gold sales I want to be peaceful,
I want to find god now.' But their
leading their fans somewhere
Speak about the album for
a minute, you got mad
heads on it.
Yeah, see people get it mixed up.
They say'Well, Finesse he needs
help, that's why he calls on all
these guests' but it ain't nothin'
like that. These are people that
I admire.and they admire me and
I wanted them to be a part of
the project. It's like a Quincy
Jones thing. He gathers up all
the artists he admires but it's still
his shit. On this album you got
Doo Wop, Akinyele, MC Lyte,
O.C., and Showbiz - they all are
on interludes. Actual songs you
got "Brainstorm" with me, KRS
One and O.C. You got "Actual
Facts" with me, Grand Puba,
Sadat and Large Professor. That
shit's off the hook. Then you got
me,AG, Diamond and Marquee
on "Speak Ya Peace". Those are
your main symphony joints. I
mean I'll be explaining this album
for hours, you just gotta really
go get it. It's an E.P. and it'll be
specially marked price. You got
9 cuts for an E.P. right.
That's basically Nas' album.
Right, that's an album. That's
Nas' album. So you got 9 cuts
and 7 interludes but you gettin'
it at a specially marked price
number one. Number two, you gettin' an
instrumental album for those vinyl heads out
For real? Just instrumental, no chorus'
or nothin'?
Nope. Plain, pure music. It's an E.P, but
then you also get an instrumental E.P, interludes and all. So real Hip Hop DJ heads is
goin' to be satisfied. Even heads that don't
know Finesse but may like the music - what's
goin' to stop them from buying it. 'I think
I'ma get that shit' or 'I wanna rhyme to his
12     elements instrumental'. I'm just tryin' to do it in 9-6.
How do you get down at live shows?
I go all vinyl now, I'm tryin' to leave DAT
alone. The only time I do DAT is when I
don't have a chance to get vinyl or the songs
brand new. I don't really go DAT no more.
Half the times my peeps are in the crowd
chillin', or they comin' down supportin' Finesse like O.C., Diamond,y'know, Diggin' In
The Crates. So they get pulled up on stage
and you get somethin' the you don't expect.
Who's DJ'ing for you now and what
happened to Mike Smooth?
Timberland, he from the Bronx. We grew
up together for years. Mike Smooth is still
down, we kick it. He's producing now. But
Timberland is one building from where I used
to live at,and right across from Mike, so he's
been there. He's what Mister Cee and Jam
Master Jay is to Kane and Run D.M.C. y'know.
He don't really have to get all tricky but
money is accurate.
What's up with D.I.T.C?
Well currently Buckwild is working with O.C.
on his new album. Show & AG's working on
they shit. Diamond is in the studio workin'
on his shit. Big L is working on his shit, Fat
Joe is currently out in stores now, so if you
ain't pick it up, then pick it up. And now I'm
gettin' ready to drop, so what we tryin' to
do is to keep evolvin' in a full circle.
Is there still talk of a Diggin' In 'The
Crates album?
Yeah, it's still in the works. It's goin' to be
wild. Production wise? Come on - me, Diamond, Buckwild and Show. It's goin to be
wild. There will be some MCs you havn't
heard from before though, but as far as producers it's D.I.T.C.
Is there anything you wanna touch on?
Naw, I addressed what I wanted to address.
Any future things, that will come in the future. We'll speak again then.
Lord Finesse
The Awakening
Finesse, Mike Lo
Diggin' In The
South Bronx, NY}
1996 USA DMC Finals
The USA DMC mixing championship battle was held on March 3rd in San
Francisco.The six U.S. finalists were: Melo-D, Babu, Swamp, Mista Sinister, Roli Ron, and King IXL. Each DJ got six minutes to show off their skills
and starting it all off was Swamp from Cleveland. My girl told me she thought
he was the soundman for the show, because he was this white guy with long
hair comin' out of his ski cap (a typical look of an alternative soundman in
Seattle). Anyway, he set it off with a well planned routine, starting off with a
little story intro incorporating "Cleveland, Ohio" & "San Francisco" then
droppin' "Dopeman" and making it say "In the Bay" & "kick in the Bay" while
manipulating the beat as well. He continued to get the crowd open with an
impressive display of beat juggling, pitch manipulation, scratches, and ending
his routine, smashing records against the wall. Very dramatic. Although there
were five other talented DJ's, none could match the intensity of Swamp's
performance. (You'll have to peep the video to check how it went down).
After it was officially over Babu, (who won the West Coast DMC's) captured
3rd place while 2nd place went to Mista Sinista (who won the East Coast
DMC's) and Swamp (who was the East Coast DMC's 2nd place winner) took
top honors winning a pair of 1200's, a DMC USA Championship jacket and a
plane ticket to Italy to compete in the DMC World Championship title. The
crowd was also treated to an exhibition of skills from some other reputable
DJ's like Rob Swift, Roc Raider, Q-bert, ShortKut, 8-Ball, Disk,
MixMaster Mike, and Alladin just to name few. There was also a live
performances from Priority recording artist Consious Daughters and Junior P. Big shouts out to Beni B, Sadiki and the whole Bay Area Hip Hop
Coalition for putting on the first USA finals on the west coast. Also congratulations to Sadiki andTamu on the birth of their baby boy!! Oh, I can't
forget to mention the DJ's that kept it going before and in between including
Joe Quixx, Rob One, and mad B.A.H.H.C. DJ's. Overall, be sure to peep
the video like I said before. .      *«.■>%__■■
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You know I gave up a lot of shit. I gave up the radio show ("Krispy
Biscuit"). I gave up going out to clubs. I gave up trying to identify or
highlight who or who isn't a card carrying Hip Hop member. I basically
gave up wasting my life for getting nothing back. You know what? I also
gave up telling anyone that I'm involved in the community! Why? Because
I knew I would pay for it one way or another. I had enough.
I was tired and I couldn't focus or think straight. It got too big this thing
called Hip Hop. Look around, it's now a watered down commodity with
a money making system to bring it to the mainstream. Yes it has gone
mainstream. Our multimedia world has a new multi billionaire bitch called
Hip Hop to pimp. "Keep it real" is the rally cry of every artist getting paid
- you're so hard, you're so street, you're so... marketable.
Yo Bill, relax! Why did I get started? Why did I get into this? How did I
lose sight and perspective? I guess I lost it when everyone jumped on the
But now nobody knows what I do or where I'm at -1 like that. I like that
I can now go back to the spiritual world and feel the cultures power once
again. I had stopped feeling it. The music was so watered down with half
assed artistic effort that I nearly got sick thinking about what my love had
Then I remembered I came into the artform confused, hungry, angry,
disassociated and I found a connection with spirits from the same world -
then it changed and became some cool party bullshit. But that has all
ended. Now I pick my spots and have regained my appetite for the artform
which I could barely contain on the best of days.
The hunger has returned for expression of written voice and musical
arrangement in the inner world of my mind - a place where dimensional
doors open to somewhere finer. Not only a place where the truth, good
or bad, can co-exist in balance, but also a place where pain, hunger, anger,
frustration and alienation are transformed to insight, love, truth and wisdom.
People kick all this knowledgable shit - that's not wisdom. Hip Hop has
a few core people who have original keys to original doors. Everybody
else just has copies of those keys. I've been blessed to see the kingdoms
and places of other dimensions that these core people have opened. Those
key holders talked directly to my mind, body and soul. The rest talked shit
and gave me lies and empty promises.
I wait patiently for new key holders blessed with creativity, energy and
originality to destroy the whole system and open new doors. There is a
whole culture of so-called artists "slaying wack emcee's", but who's building new kingdoms and who's holding the keys?
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For B-Boys and B-Girls around the globe, the annual B-Boy
summit is a gala event.  B-boys of all shapes, sizes, ages
and ethnic backgrounds came from all around the
world, from Japan to Germany to Chicago to New
York to Vancouver, ready to contribute their skills,
energy and enthusiasm to this positive gathering. Hip
Hop has definitely grown into a culture rich in music,
dance, art and education. Its power being supplied by the
youth while being guided into the future by the more
experienced elders, whose basic teachings revolve
around the philosophy, "to know your future is to
know your past." The music business has ex- ^*^
ploited and manipulated MCs to be seen as     ..*****
the important aspect in Hip Hop but as seen        ""Z^
at this summit ALL aspects play equal parts      •"• <r
in the whole of the culture. This and many     "**'-*<* "''/
other topics relevant to the future of Hip Hop
and the world in general were discussed at panels
held throughout the celebration. These panels featured
members of the San Diego Chapter of Zulu Nation and Rock
Steady crew amongst other insightful individuals.
The third annual B-Boy summit was very successfully presented
this year by Eternal Two Creations (Asia and Easy Roc) along with
J-Love and was held at the San Diego Concourse in downtown
San Diego, California. February 23rd and 24th, witnessed two
days of Hip Hop madness including graffiti showcases, discussion panels, live performances from new groups
and from some living legends too and of course, jf
plenty of b-boyin'. Admission to this conference
was absolutely nada as everybody involved volunteered their time and skills on the love love.
No video camera recorders were permitted
except for a designated few who were accumulating footage for the always heavily anticipated summit video, which is sold to the hungry Hip Hop
heads who couldn't attend or to those who simply
want to see it again and again. The money reaped
A for the video sales is one of the few resources the summit organizers have, therefore justifying their concern of other cameras filming.
Friday night started the celebrations that were to unfold with "The
Graf Show", an exhibition, discussion and live demo of Aerosol Art.
While the doors were waiting to be opened, Europe's Mode 2 and
LA's Dove and Fear painted their names on plywood sheets outside. On display inside were some canvasses featuring work from
writers such as Zodak (San Diego),Sug One (Albekurke),Pres One
(San Diego) and others. When the doors opened, some b-boys hit
the floor as the DJ threw on some records and people started
vibing, waiting for the panel to start. The panel consisted of: Mode
2, Cre-8 (LA), Zodak, Chaka (notorious LA tagger), Crayone (Bay
Area), Easy Roc (San Diego) and Mear (LA). The round table discussion was an insightful agenda that raised many questions and
aspirations about the future of graffiti and of Hip Hop with an em-
ear, making the night complete.
Saturday brought a set of events that would prove difficult to duplicate or perhaps accurately re-word. At highnoon outside the Concourse, hundreds of break boys and girls stood just outside the
doors of the foyer waiting to enter the building. Music could be
heard from inside as patrons were frisked for markers, due to the
actions of "SHIT One" the previous day. Inside, the first room
contained a stage where the DJ's monitored the crowd and was
lined with tables of paraphernalia and merchandise. In the centre
of the room dawned a b-boys fantasy: a 40 square foot hardwood
floor. B-boys caught wreck non-stop even when the panels were
announced to commence in the next room. That afternoon's agenda
once again addressed the future and the roles of Hip Hop icons.
The panel consisted of: Crazy Leggs, MixMaster Mike, Mode 2,
Prince Kenny Swift, Prince Whipper Whip, Storm (fromTempe.Ari-
zona),Asia One, Easy Roc,The Archbishop of Hip Hop, Kutfather,
Outside at the B-boy cipher
Ariston of Style Elements
Tony Touch
phasis on politics and media and the ongoing question of selling out
the artform. Interesting discussion was made of graffiti technology
(graf on the internet) as well. As the panel came to a close, b-boys
hit the floor again and more vibin' and mingling took place. Writers Per and Mack from FX Crew (NewYork) were in the house as
were a whole slew of reputable writers. Shortly after the panel
dispersed, a member of ignorance's crew struck. A marker in the
hands of a toy put a mood of disappointment in the air as an anonymous member of the group tagged the bathroom, maybe hoping
somebody would give his shit props.The culprit, "SHIT One" was
exposed and was handed a rag and some Ajax so he could really get
busy. Overall, it all ended in good spirits with plenty of numbers
and ideas being exchanged. Later that evening, heads headed to a
spot by the name of Rockers where DJ's Prymetyme, KCA one,
Fingaz, Kutfather,Just-I, and Lomax rocked the wheels while the b-
boys cleaned and waxed the floor. A mic controller named Medafor
did a little something on the mic that opened up many an eye and
Charlie Chase, Donald D.Tonai (El Puente) and other people too
numerous to name on top of everything else.
The words spoken and emotions relayed were well received by all
those in attendance, as even the most knowledgeable Hip Hop
advocate came out of the discussion having found something new
to add to their third eye library. The panel concluded with question/answer period and then focus turned to the courtyard outside
for an unforgettable showing.
Under a mild clear sky at around 5:00pm, hundreds of b-boys and
girls formed a cipher approximately 80 feet in diameter around a
smooth concrete mosaic. Spectators scrambled for the best possible view behind the first two rows, which were packed with those
who intended on entering the vast cipher. The circles perimeter
grew about ten rows deep, anybody planning on a view after that
point had to measure over seven feet tall to see anything.   Still more enthusiastic heads lined the balcony overlooking the circle
for a bird's eye view of the unforeseen events to unravel. For the
next two and a half hours, Cut Chemist from the Jurassic 5 and
Tony Touch (New York RSC) supplied the breaks, as Kutfather rocked
the mic and helped pump the already dangerously high adrenaline
level of the crowd. At first, heads seemed hesitant to represent as
only a few brave souls ventured in but as soon as the theme from
Wild Style dropped, motherfuckers were going in four at a time
and battling for the spotlight. Things got a little more organized
and it got down to one at a time in the circle, everybody respecting
each other's opportunity to contribute to the vibe. As the cipher
went on, the circle shrunk about 30 feet and the music had to be
halted in order to regain order and re-form the circle to its original
size. At first everybody co-operated, but after a couple of stoppages, the MCs realized that nobody wanted to give up their spot
and the circle stayed small. It proved to be a turn for the better
because it seemed that the true bad boys perform best when the
bers & Zodak,Tony Da Skitzo & JFX, Jurassic 5 & Cut Chemist,
Rheumatic & Key Kool and the Invisible Skratch Picklez. Jurassic 5
brought down the house with their traditional (old) school routines and superior crowd and breath control. Invisible Skratch
Picklez's Q-bert and Shortkut had the crowd in need of straight
jackets as they displayed in-cre-di-ble turntable techniques, flipping
everything from Run DMC to De La Soul. But the icing on the cake
happened when Whipper Whip, Donald D (yes from Rhyme Syndicate) and Kurtis Blow grabbed the mics with Cut Chemist on the
one's and two's. The roof caught fire, the house came down, the
walls caved in and everyone waved their hands like they just didn't
care. In case it need be stated, b-boys and girls formed three different ciphers and went off from 9:30pm right up until 2:00am featuring too many highlights to even bother describe. In short, catch
the video.
To summarize the weekends happenings, the most appropriate state-
Mr. Wiggles of RSC
Prince Kenny Swift of RSC
Flomasterof RSC
cipher is tight like at a jam and that summoned some sick individuals out from the woodworks. Some highlights were when Rock
Steady Crew's Flomaster, exchanged moves in a battle withAriston
from Stockton, California's Style Elements crew in a display of freestyle finesse and spontaneous move for move combat. Japan RSC
represented well with some tight-ass routines as did Ken Swift and
Flomaster, combining for an incredibly dope doubles routine. Asia,
Honey Rockwell, a girl from Jersey and a girl from Tokyo repped for
all the fly b-girls in the house as well as showing some boys a thing
or two. Crews in the house included Point Blank, Psychotic Funk
(San Diego), Air Force(LA), BOSS (Seattle), DVS (Seattle) and too
many other anonymous individuals and squads to remember.
The summit came to a close that evening with an afterparty, hosted
by Prince Whipper Whip and featuring a list of performances that
went as follows: Beat Junkies, Ricashay & Syko.Yutaka, Z- Trip,
Dream Nefra, E.C.& DJ Static, LPSD & Steven Flex, Swollen Merri
ment would be a direct excerpt from the handbill: "The summit
takes Hip-Hop to a multitude of levels: a forum for Hip Hop role
models to discuss their crafts; how to heal our community; ways to
uplift the movement and regain control of the industry; to display
skills of dance, graf, rap, mixing; to network and celebrate our culture. Most importantly, the purpose of the B-boy Summit is to
educate and entertain in a safe environment, not motivated by economic gain, but by the proliferation of our culture and community."
For info on video tapes of the Summit contact:
Eternal Two Creations
364 20th Street
San Diego, CA
(619)418-1448 "Busta Rhymes the mighty infamous! Always
m'lSbehavin' and mischieVOUS!" by Freestyle Crazee
When I first saw the "Case of the P.T.A."
video on Pump It Up! I fuckin' tripped!
Three MCs I never heard of in my life come
out of nowhere and appear on my TV. At
first I thought it was just me but when my
homeboys were trippin' on it the next day,
I knew it was the bomb. We were bustin'
that east coast stomp everywhere! I'm
talking way before Kris Kross was put together. That video and song are classic
material no if's and's but's or maybe's. So
I went out and bought that 12 inch and
about a month later I got the tape. Listen,
I was what? 16 years old and in grade 10
and shit and here's this album with like 20
songs on it all about shit that happens at
school! What songs were there... like "Too
Much on My Mind" and "Planes.Trains and
Automobiles" and my personal favorite to
this day, "Show Me A Hero." Incidently,
the first solo performance Busta ever did.
I should be naming every song off the album cause that shit made me love Hip Hop
even more than ever. Then after they released about three or four twelve inches
off that shit, the Leaders of the New School
disappeared for like, four years. They did
make one noteworthy appearance in 1991
when LONS teamed up with Tribe to
record the classic "Scenario" off of Tribe's
Low End Theory album. That shit blew my
mind too and it was the first shit that Leader's rhymed on that didn't have to do with
school and it was dope. But anyway, they
disappeared for a couple years after that
until 1993 when they released their second full length record, T.I.M.E. or The Inner Mind's Eye. At the time it came out,
personally, I loved the shit cause it reminded me of the old Leaders, you know
the hypeness and energy and everything
but a lot of people couldn't get into it. I
did get the privelidge of witnessing a live
performance in late '93 and if you've ever
seen Leaders live before then you know
the shit is off the hook! All I can say is, is
that these dudes can't be touched live by
many other groups in this Hip Hop shit.
The shit I remember best was them bustin'
their "Scenario" verses over Busta's
beatbox and the whole crowd doin' backup
vocals. Oh yeah, I also remember when
they freestyled with Del on Pump It Up!
and Busta was bustin' a beatbox with some
pool balls... Anyway, Leaders are back in
1996 in the form of Busta Rhymes solo.
After doin' a shitload of cameos in the last
three years (check out the list) Busta's back
with the Flip Mode Squad and a new album called The Coming, making sure everything remains raw. I got a chance to talk
to Busta on his cellular while he was chillin'
in LA doin' some promo shows. Now
before you read the following interview
you gotta know a few things. First of all,
Busta don't talk all crazee like he rhymes.
He sounds like he did on "S.O.B.B. Story",
that's the best way to describe his conversation voice. He does have a strong descriptive characteristic that makes everything he say sound very convincing and demands attention. So try to visualize the
man's voice and peep the conversation:
Did Leaders of the New School break
Nope. Never broke up. Kill all of the
speculation, misinterpretation, false information. We never broke up. Sometimes
we need to separate, go through the love
and hell for shit to come out right.
Motherfuckers is just capitalizing as individuals just to make a stronger unit. But
then we get back together, so you know.
So do Dinco, Charlie Brown and Milo
in De Dance appear on your new shit?
We got the new Leaders of the New
School song on my album, it's called "Keep
it Movin'." Knowhati'msayin', 'cause we
done let a lot of time pass by. Right now,
we gonna come back and kill shit and keep
it movin'. Right now the focus is on Busta
18     elements   Rhymes... later on we'll discuss the Leaders of the New School plans and things of
that nature. But you know, just to keep
motherfuckers posted I had to drop that
Leaders joint my album just lettin' nigguhz
know that we gonna still bring the ruckus.
In due time though, knowhati'msayin'?
Yeah, word. So whatever happened
to Rumpletilskinz?
Yeah, he just walked up on us. I was like,
"Oh shit!" cause we ain't seen that nigguh
in about four years.
That's Dr. Octagon!
No question kid! That's the scientist right
there duke. Word up.
He was there right now?
I have no idea. I have no idea.
Alright. And what about the
New School Society?
I have no idea. I'm representing Flip
Mode Squad and Leaders of the
New School and my motherfuckin'
self du'. I ain't representing nuttin'
else right now. And my family
So who's all in Flip Mode then?
Flip Mode is the squad. I got my
nigguh Rampage the Last Boyscout,
lyrical lieutenant of the unit, holdin'
it down, front line type of nigguh.
Lord Have Mercy, that
motherfucker right there got the
voice of the ten commandments b.
Lyrical genius. And I got a four piece
harmony, exotic blend female vocalist group called,TrueTo Life. And
I also got a soloist, ghetto Mariah
Carey du'. Her name is Mika, she's
(Laughter) When will I hear
Hold on one second...
(Busta talks away from the phone but
still audible. This is what I can hear
in the background):
That's Kool Keith from Ultramagnetic
nigguh! What the fuck is the deal nigguh!!!
That was the shit though, "MC Ultraaaa,
MC Ultraaaa!"
(Now I can hear Busta talking to Kool Keith
in the distance then... the phone disconnects. I wait for about five minutes then
he phones back.)
Yo, what the fuck's goin' on? Is Kool
Keith there with you?
"what I realized about
a lot of us people - that
aren't European - and
aren't naturally a descendant of the western civilization, we
usually do shit that
conflicts with the society structure. That
makes us look like the
outcasts, that makes
us feel like we the
strange ones."
(More laughter)
Oh shit... So, ah - how big a part did
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler and the whole
Bomb Squad have in the beginning,
when Leaders of the New School first
They was the foundation of our whole inspiration. We looked up to them nigguhz
like God. Cause those motherfuckers taught us a lot of the shit
that we know and what we have
applied to grow as a group. Both
on a business level as well as on a
creative level. They gave us a lot of
inspiration and a lot of influence and
a lot of lessons b, that got me even
to the point where I can now maintain as a solo individual. Cause I
still apply those philosophies they
instilled in me, so it's all- it's all
stirred up now. Shit is just all a part
of the ingredients to what you
gonna get. Despite we don't work
together as much as we did in the
beginning, they still left something
on me that I'mma apply until I stop
fuckin' with music all together. They
were geniuses man, and they still
are. So I gotta always live along
those guide lines because they have
always worked for me up to this
point. They ain't never mislead or
steered me wrong,
knowhati'msayin'. So I gotta keep
it there but I also gotta grow and
add my own jewels and sciences to
the shit cause I got a lot of my own
genius to offer this
yaknowhati'msayin'. Word up.
He just walked to us, where we was parked
cause we parked in front of this restaurant, Rosco - that's the hottest waffle and
chicken spot in the whole country. Word
(Laughing) My man Kool Keith walked up
on me, I nearly fell off my motherfuckin'
chair duke! That's my nigguh! I love that
motherfucker duke, his shit is crazy. He
don't give a fuck! He just be rhymin' about
the off the hook shit! He said, "Change
my pitch up, smack my bitch up, like a pimp"
(crazy Bert and Ernie type laughter.)
Nigguhz sick. He's sick, he don't give a
Word. I noticed on the first album
('91) you all had your own publishing
back then and that's pretty rare even
We had parents that were extremely supportive so they did a lot of researchin'
along with us to make sure that whatever
we slipped on they was on top of. Word
up. My moms was the president of the
corporation, Leaders of the New School
corporation. Dinco pops was the secretary, Brown moms was the treasurer,
knowhati'msayin'? Word up, we had a
board of directors duke, when we first
came out. A lot of nigguhz ain't understand that and if it wasn't for our parents,
we wouldn't have understood that shit
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win a
neither. At least not then, knowhati'msayin*.
Yeah and I noticed that from Future Without a Past to
T.I.M.E., Leaders always had some sort of moral to the
story or most of the shit carried a strong positive message, are you gonna keep coming like that?
No doubt, I always gonna do that. I'mma always do that.
Knowhati'msayin', I'mma always present other pictures to life too,
even shit that motherfuckers might not be able to get with. Cause
there's always a jewel behind the shit that I do cause that's just
the role that I took on by nature. I don't even think about that
shit sometimes, that shit just happens. That's the way my thought
process work cause that's how I've conditioned myself to be.
Yaknowhati'msayin', and that's how I've been conditioned by the
people I surround myself with so, I play that role cause... I love
playin' that role for one. And that's a part of my general make up.
Knowhati'msayin', I gotta always plug somebody with a little insight on how I think. Knawmean?
And how didT.I.M.E. do on retail sales?
It ain't do shit. It sold about 80,000 copies.
Yup. And before the group could really even work it, we wasn't
really fuckin' with each other like that no more. Cause we was
goin' through a lot of internal bullshit where we needed to space
ourselves from each other before we destroyed something we
loved so much and worked so hard to create and establish. So
instead of destroyin' it we just decided to separate, so that we
had something to come back to with a better appreciation and
with more strength, if we capitalized as individuals.
Knowhati'msayin'? That's what we did. And we about to FUCK
nigguhz up after my solo album duke. Belee dat shit.
On that T.I.M.E. album there was a line in the first song,
"Understanding T.I.M.E." that I bugged out on cause it
sounded like you was tryin' to say something more than
what you said. The line was "Let's do this, let's do that!
So I can stop feelin' strange, makin' a fool out of myself
actin' deranged. You better believe it's gotta stop! Yes
it's gotta stop! Word is bond god, word is bond!"
We need to start doin' shit that's a reflection of who we really
are as a people. And stop doin' things and livin' the lifestyle and
livin' in a mindframe that isn't naturally ours. Because what I
realized about a lot of us people - that aren't European - and
aren't naturally a descendant of the western civilization, we usually do shit that conflict with the society structure. That makes
us look like the outcasts, that makes us feel like we the strange
ones because our nature, isn't a part of the European/western
civilization nature of living. We are that of the original peoples
nature and we are the makers and the owners and the cream of
the planet. I'm the most dominant man in the world. How come
I can't be allowed to live by that? The only way I'm allowed to live
is by the way the system allows me to live which ain't my system.
So I look strange in this system cause this ain't my system. And
this shit gotta stop. I gotta create a system for me. Word is bond god, word is bond! That I could live by, so
that I ain't feelin' strange, lookin' fuckin'
deranged and stupid in a society that ain't
mine. I'm sayin' we need to create a system of our own that we can be proud of
and live by comfortably. From birth we
are born to live by a European/western civilization way of life and that ain't our way
of life, by nature. Do you understand what
I'm sayin'? By nature, this is not our birthright. Okay? So, for us to be livin' by this
way man, it's improper. It's other than us,
originally. We gotta find ourselves so that
we can create a society and a government
in a system that we can control and live by
comfortably and be original people that we
are by nature. That's what I'm sayin'! Let
me call you back, I'm about to go eat.
I guess he lost my number.
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Dea£ct uquited weEcoMte If you listen to the mix
shows on college and co-op
radio or buy mix tapes,
then you've probably heard
J-Live by now. You know
that track with that DJ
rockin' a break back and
forth while an MC spits
some freestyle battle type
shit? That song's called
"Braggin* Writes" and it's
the b-side to J-Live's debut
single "Longevity". Growing up in Harlem, Jean-
Jacques Cadet came to be
known as J-Live not because of his lyrical ability,
but because of his skills on
the turntables and the way
he made his tapes - all live.
That would explain the
dual role of MC/DJ that J
plays on his debut. After
releasing his record in late
'95 on Raw Shack Productions, "Longevity" has gone
on to sell 6 000 copies independently and turn
heads in J-Live's direction.
- interview by J Swing -
Why don't you speak about what
you were into before the record
came out and the process you went
through to release it.
Basically I've been rhymin' since junior
high school, about 7th or 8th grade. In
high school I hooked up with this internship with the man who's actually the producer and CEO of the label, Georges
Sulmners. He had preproduction at his
rest and told me how to make beats as
far as using the S 950. I started rhymin'
over his tracks and instead of just
shoppin' a demo we figured we'd put out
a record and prove it would do a little
somethin' out in the market.
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24     elements So you never shopped a demo?
Naw, basically I've just been grassroots
local DJ/MC around my way and this just
happened to be my first opportunity.
These were the first tracks that I ever
did and we just pressed it up on wax.
It's pretty fortunate considering how
long people shop before they get deals.
It's a rough business out there and a lot
of times people complain it's about who
you know.
That's true to an extent, but it's
more about what you do for yourself.
Yeah, exactly. I mean I've been going at
this with the idea if it works, it works -
and if it doesn't, I've got other plans. It
just so happens that I like to rhyme, so if
you can get paid to do somethin' you
love then so be it.
Speak about the record for a
We put "Longevity" out over the summer and put"Braggin' Writes" on the b-
side. It's been doin' pretty good. I mean
we've sold about 6000. Considering we
have no promotional staff or anything like
that it's not bad. We're on our fourth
pressing right now. We didn't really think
it was going to come this far but I'm glad
it did. We got 1500 pressed up originally and we were going to try and sell
I 100 and see what kind of buzz it made,
but stores kept calling saying they need
more because it's only on record. You
can only imagine what it would do if it
was on tape and cd and had a video and
a whole staff behind it. But we'll see in
the future if I get to do an album.
What's that looking like?
It's looking pretty good. I mean we're
talking to some labels. There's definitely
some interest. It's been getting a lot of
love. It's been all over the radio and a
lot of magazines have been giving it play.
So people have definitely been supporting it. I mean the name of the record is
"Longevity". That's basically what I'm
looking for. If this is going to be a full
fledged major kinda thing, I'm not going
to just put out a record that's just going
to sell and not give me any kind of future potential,you know what I mean? I
really won't think of myself as having
something to look back on until I'm at
least four albums down the line. That's
just the way I'm trying to look at things
right now.
You need to look ahead though.
Yeah, I mean a lot of people just think "I
got a single out, I got a video out, everybody's sweatin' me." I don't really see it
like that. I'm tryin' to make music, I don't
want to just make records. That's why I
like workin' with Georges, because as
far as making beats is concerned he's not
just trying to take one thing and loop it
and call it his, yaknowhati'msayin'. He's
actually creative with it. We definitely
compliment each others styles. I try to
come with original lyrics. I don't like
sayin' the same thing that's been said.
Like a lot of people will just have a 200
word starter kit and call themselves
MCs, yaknowhati'msayin'?
And the majority of artists coming
out these days seem to be getting
deals and making noise because
they're down with this crew or
they're affiliated with that crew.
Did you find it more difficult to
come out on your own, not riding
the success of one of your boys who
blew the spot before you?
I mean yeah, I can definitely dig through
the crates and everybody that's out right
now has somebody backing them up but
it just goes to show you that that's basically not what it's all about. I mean you
do need to have connections in this industry to get where you want to get,
but you don't necessarily have to have
someone holding you up when you first
step out. People should like your music
not for who you know, but for what
you're saying. It's definitely something
to appreciate though, I have to say peace
to everyone that's supporting J-Live.
Is there anything you want to speak
Yeah. The whole thing with different fads
and changes that Hip Hop's going
through. One minute it's all about guns
and this and that, the next minute it's all
about being abstract just because a few
innovators will really blow things up.
Next minute it's all about fashion, how
many brand names you can fit into I 6
bars. It's like now, it seems that people
are starting to go towards politics as far
as tryin1 to read up on what goes on. I'd
just like to say that I really hope that's
not just a fad. I really hope that people
are actually starting to use their minds a
little, like the way it used to be. Because if it is a fad it's just going to die
down, and we really don't need political
awareness to die down.
b/w "Braggin'Writes"
Raw Shack
Word! I like to see artists doin' that independent
type shit, /knowhati'msayin'! No compromisin'
for the bureaucrats and all that J-Live, hailing from
NYC, emerges from the pack of anonymity with
his debut single "Longevity". The track got a catchy
chorus with the Black Moon sample "the incredible, lyrical and original" and Sista Nancy's unmistakably distinct voice singing, "MC is my ambition!".
It's fly enough for me to catch myself singing that
shit so I guess it's a hook. J-Live got lyrical skills
no question, flexin' an extensive vocab and some
tight flows. All in all "Longevity" bumps, but it
ain't the hardest shit I heard. The b-side wins again
on this twelve-inch with J-Live not only rhyming,
but flawlessly freakin' a break on the I & 2's. The
cut got me open when I heard it and this kid spits
some wild shit - "my potential increases at a rate
that's exponential". If you don't know what the
means, I'll break it down for you. He got mad
untapped skills, so look out for the "Live One" in
the future. I'm sure he'll be around for a while,
after all he's all about the longevity, right?
• Checkmate
march     25 (fehWevvs-
III State Assassins /"""N
E.C.IIIaLR (77%)
Wicked Ent. V_y
Word up! Just the other day I was tellin'
my homie that it's kinda strange to me that
major U.S. cities such as Chicago and Detroit have not taken larger pieces of the
Hip Hop pie. Then presto... Swinga hits
me up with some new Chi-town shit. E.C.,
a soloist from the III State Assassins, has
just released his first nationally distributed
(U.S.) album entitled E.C. Ilia L.P. From
III States bio, it looks like these cats got
mad respect in their hometown, having
released shit in Chicago since '92. Who
knows? I ain't been to Chicago lately. All
that background shit aside, I took time out
to peep this album several times,and word
is bond, these kids got some ill shit. The
track that stands out in my mind is
"Devistate", featuring E.C, Kay Tone of
D 2 Tha S, and Devine. The flows are
tight, and the production had me open.
Later on I discovered that this song is the
first single off the album, with "What You
Be About?" featured on the b-side. Fair
warning to all anti gangsta type fools - the
sounds on this album are straight killa G
shit, ya might not cope! However, ain't
nuthin' gimmicky or fake about E.C. and
his delivery. I like it when an M.C.'s actually saying somethin'. It's dope to me that
III State is representin' the bangers.   I'm
sayin', that's what the fuck I'd expect from
kids saturated in the gang phenomenon
that's so much a part of their city. On the
production side, all the cuts are raw, the
beats are hard, the basslines are murderous and not too many loops are used. Is
this the ever evasive sound of Chicago? I
don't know, but they show more regional
flavor than Common. On the down side,
the album - which is pretty deep - consists
of the same sounds throughout so it could
get a little monotonous. Whatever, whatever -1 like it so let's not over analyse. We'll
be hearing more from III State Assassins.
- Checkmate
The Score
Since their first LP release, Blunted On Re-
o//ty,the Refugees have since left many past
traits which may have turned off a few heads
from their music. Luckily two well remixed
singles kept their heads above water and
their names on peoples lists. It's now '96
and "Ready Or Not" "Cowboys" and
cowgirls, it's time for their latest release
The Score. I'm sure you've heard "Fugee-
La" by now but if you haven't don't worry,
that's just icing on the proverbial cake. This
album runs eleven songs deep plus a few
intros and outros which feature people like
Kool DJ Red Alert and Ras Bar aka with
"The Man" himself, Diamond, who takes
time out to not only produce the title track
but to drop a few rhymes on it too. Most
of the beats on this album are slow tempo
and laidback with the remaining production credits going to Wycleff & Ms.
Lauren Hill. A few cover tracks were included too, one is Bob Marley's "No
Woman, No Cry" and the other Roberta
Flack's "Killing Me Softly". Although these
are old tracks, Fugees redo them with a
new Hip Hop feel to it. Also, don't be surprised when you hear a plenitude of singin'
on a lot of the tracks, this is not your by
the book Hip Hop album. The Fugees are
definitely breakin' some new ground. Progression is the key word in the game of
success and the Fugees have all made a
much needed change. Lauren, for me, is
still the bomb factor to the group and
shines like a muthaf*?#@a on the LP.
Wycleff has some good flows and adds a
lil' flavor to it, but Prakazrel needs to
work on them skills a little more. Other
than that I would say this is a well put together album and will most definitely create new fans for these Refugees.
- Kemo, the motherf*?#@in' Labrat
2 Pac
All Eyes On Me
Death Row
Yo! When I got this piece I didn't know
where to start. I'm sayin' this kid got 27
cuts on his forth release - a double album
entitled All Eyes On Me. No shit, all eyes
are on 2 Pac. The man just got blasted,
went to jail, spent hella time in court facing numerous other charges, and now he's
signed to Death Row, a superpower
among rap labels. I'm sayin', with Tupac, a
bonafied celebrity on his own, joining forces
with Death Row I'd safely estimate album
sales to reach the four times platinum plateau. You think I'm trippin'? Maybe, but
check out the producer list: Dr. Dre, Dat
Nigga Daz, DJ Quik.DJ Pooh,and some
other niggaz who make some fly shit. West
up! Still ain't impressed? Well check out
the guest rappers list on this bitch: Snoop,
Daz & Kurrupt, Method Man,
Redman, Rappin' 4-Tay,The Click, Dru
Down, Nate Dogg, George Clinton,
26     elements Roger Troutman and some other
motherfuckers. I also heard Faith Evans'
on a cut called "Wonda Why They CallYou
Bitch" that's not listed in the credits. Still
not convinced that Tupac is back? Well all
you gotta do is peep the album. It'll probably take some time but let me say this -
the production is some tight west coast
shit, some rollin' fly shit. Daz is on some
pimp shit no question, and there's nuff talent on this album to get anybody trippin'
at one point or another. If I had to mention five songs after just a couple of listens
I'd have to say "How Do UWant It", "All
About U", "Got My Mind Made Up",
"When We Ride" and "Rather BeYa Nigga".
But that doesn't do the album justice.
About 25 of the songs are dope. Even that
"California Love" shit sounds alright without that wack video turning niggaz off. If
ya don't like west coast shit (I mean real
west coast shit) don't bother peepin' this.
If you're all about the west, your gonna love
this album. I thought the shit is bomb, and
I ain't really been a Tupac fan. Regardless,
the shit's out and selling. Let's see if it makes
the 4 million mark.   88%
- Checkmate
Mic Geronimo
The Natural
Another product out of Queens,
Geronimo first created a buzz with the
underground jam "Shit's Real", selling a grip
of wax independently and then getting
picked up by Blunt Records. He then
dropped his second single and blew the
spot with "Masta I.C", leaving everone eagerly anticipating his debut. Now he's back
with a full length I 3 cuts deep entitled The
Natural. This album is what I call "elegant
Hip Hop", laidback (but not soft) lyrics over
smooth production. The LP's brightest
moment comes when Geronimo teams up
with hisWastelanzfam O.C., Royal Flush
and their boy C-Lo on "Men Vs. Many".
Check the production, Beatminerz
hooked these guys up. This is one of my
early picks for cut of the year. He also
shows that he can shine solo on "Man Of
My Own" and "Lifecheck". Geronimo definitely put his own shit on and The Natural
takes you through the struggle that
Geronimo encountered on his road to recognition. Other cuts to check for include
"Things Change" and "Three Stories High".
Geronimo's work is definitely paying, this
is one of the better albums of '96 so far,
you'd be slippin' if ya didn't pick it up.
- Jeeps
Goodie Mob
Soul Food
"It would be nice to have mo' but
I kinda like being po', at least I
know what my friends here fo'..."
Word up! Remember Goodie Mob off
Outkasts' joint "Git Up, Git Out"? Well
now these cats out of Atlanta got their own
album on LaFace called Soul Food. Y'all probably heard the first single "Cell Therapy" -
bomb, right? Well yo, this album is on the
level, straight up! Andre from Outkast is
featured on the first cut "Thought Process", but the cut is "Dirty South" featuring
his partner Big Bwoy. Other than that,
I'ma mention "Free", the intro (it's fat), and
"Live AtThe O.M.N.I." - fly shit! That ain't
all the album's good for though. All the
production is tight and is handled by Organize Noise, but the format of the album reminds me of Southernplayalistic, but
that's to be expected since they're boys
and all that. On the content tip - these
cats are sayin' a lotta shit and amazingly it's
positive and conscious. These niggaz flow
and sing and they are actually sayin' something. I haven't peeped the album enough
to say anything more, but I will say that I'm
glad I got it'cause it's definitely worth having. Soul Food is a fly and at the same time
righteous album. I dig it. Checkmate rate:
89% no doubt.
- Checkmate
Goodie Mob
march     27 c
Blahzay Blahzay
"Danger" remix b/w
"Danger Pt. II"
I'm sure you've heard the original version by now.
You know that song with the catchy chorus "When
the east is in the house... Oh my god... DANGER!!!" Well here is Blahzay Blahzay's next release, the remix joints for "Danger". As for the
remix, DJ Premier is called in for his handywork,
although I'm sure he didn't bust a sweat when he
flipped them the beat (over the same lyrics).
Mainly 'cause it's kinda butt, but what do I know,
you might think it's dope or something. On the
b-side is "Danger" Part II featuring "the hook up
on your hooker hooker" Smoothe Da Hustler
and his right hand man and little brother Trigger
Da Gambler and this other guy Darkman.
With these four MCs all on one track it's definitely the more dangerous. Trigger's verse impresses me the most, he got skills. The beat was
produced and induced by the group themselves,
P.F. Cuttin' and Out Loud. This is just the beginning for Blahzay Blahzay. I'm curious to see
and hear their forthcoming LP. It could be the
- Kemo the Labrat
Shabazz The Disciple
"Crime Saga"
"The game never change only the players, while
some inherit casdes and thrones some end up
death bed layers. Victims of the system are
stripped mentally, hit with 25 to life or the death
penalty." The God Scientific Shabazz the Disciple
is back to scare the shit out of devils and confuse
the fuck out of all y'all ig' nant ma' fucks. "Crime
Saga" is the conclusion of "Death Be the Penalty"
and this time Shabazz chooses to tell a very convincing story about a professional criminal who
falls victim to his own destiny. This ain't your typical drug dealing story because the orator Shabazz
tells the tale as though he lived it himself. It just
may be non fiction, as he states at the beginning
of the song that "the names was changed to protect the guilty." His delivery is sickening and the
imagery is strong with scenes like, "His world was
spinning fast, the walls of hell were closing in, angel
of death was on his ass, his adversaries rose again."
or peep this line that had me buggin', "Six men
carried his coffin, put him six feet in the ground.
While I stood six feet over in a black suit looking
down. Thinking, why was I chose to survive and
bear these memories? Fucking with that dirty
game, death is always the penalty." The other cut,
"Conscious of Sin" is on some more number seven
type shit that will most probably be overlooked
as some "horror-core" bullshit - fuck it, if you don't
know what you're listening to then shut the fuck
up and let the Gods speak. Yo.you ain't gotta be
God Body (I sure as hell ain't) to listen to this
shit, you just gotta listen and learn with an open
mind, but if just don't give a fuck then... you don't
PS- shit's ill anyhow, you can't front on the beats
for a second, shit's tight
- Freestyle Crazee
"Doe Or Die" (remix)
b/w "Homicide"
This time around theVisualizer teams up with the
Chef of all marvellous creations for the remix of
"Doe Or Die". What better formula for success
in '96 than putting a Wu member on one of your
tracks, right? Plus the RZA's on the mix so you
know... you know. Lyrically, AZ's delivery is superior. He definitely needed more of these type
of raw tracks on his album. As for Rae? His shit
is always on status. Both MCs compliment each
other as they rhyme back and forth, one verse
each over RZA's "yo that's that shit!" track. AZ's
got himself an underground joint here (I say underground because the shit sounds straight off
the 4-track) that's gonna get enough college and
mix show play. On the b-side is "Mo Money, Mo
Murder (Homicide)", where AZ and his co-defendant Nas Escobar team up once again for
another ill track. The beat is definitely butter to
your ears and the lyrics will enter you into the
minds of these two MCs as they take you into
their world. It sounds like AZ is embarking on
some newness and with guest spots from Raekwon and Nas he (and you) can't go wrong. The
LP version of "Doe Or Die" had no business being on this dope slab of wax though.
- Logic
Royal Flush
"Movin* On Ya Weak
You probably first heard of Royal Flush on Mic
Geronimo's shit earlier this year, he was on almost every song, but now he too has just released
his own debut single "Movin' On Ya Weak Production" on Blunt Records. If you'reexpectingto
hear another Mic Geronimo your kinda right, although you can also throw in a little Nas,
Raekwon & AZ "guns and grams" type lingo.
Don't get me wrong, this kid can rhyme and he's
sayin' somethin' that brothers can relate to. It's
just nothing I haven't heard before (seems to be a
common thing). Production was handled by the
Beatminerz and once again they deliver a solid
beat, sticking to that smooth samples over rough
beats formula that's worked for them in the past
28     elements The biggest problem with this record is that it
doesn't sound like it fits together. The lyrics don't
sound right over the beat and the chorus doesn't
really relate to what homeboy is sayin'. I'm curious to see what he's gonna come up with next
'cause I don't think this is Royal Flush at his best
(check Geronimo's album).
- Jeeps
Sunz of Man
"No Love Without Hate"
A branch off the Wu-Tang tree, Sunz of Man return with a new single and resume the underground formula that worked well for them in the
past. They're rhymin' over a slow and laid back
beat talkin' about the balance of life and how you
can't have the good without the bad. Straight up,
I've heard better tracks from Sunz of Man before.
This cut reminds me of a b-side to another track
but the a-side is missing. I can't say I dislike this
song, but I can't say I like it either. No love without hate, right? All we can do is wait for their
album and then we'll have some shit to talk about
- DJ Kemo
"Dreaded Fist" b/w "Fit
& Redi" & "Clockwork"
Figure IV
"Dreaded Fist" is an instantly recognizable Kemo
joint with a simple piano loop structure. Red I's
natural charisma, unique Voice and clear delivery
is the highlight on this one while Misfit's reinforcement gives the last angle to this industry
standard. You know the 'I have the power to rip
mics, wack MCs, and destroy tracks/this is who I
am, this is where we live, so recognize and put us
on the map' routine. 75%. The "Fit & Redi
(Dubaclub mix)" follows this idea again but with
excellent MC chemistry and good flows. Once
again 75%. I may be lacking in knowledge or appreciation of styles, skills and content of 'what's
the definition of a real MC as exhibited on such
industry standards so I may not be gettin' it I do
get "Clockwork" though. This is a flawless fucking
diamond. Literally, everything about this track
runs like clockwork - the roster (in order) of
Checkmate from All About Us, Red I, Flipout
and Misfit Kemo's sophisticated production and
the whole concept it's self. This is some shit that
says 'Let's drop some fucking science.' Building
from Kemo's "tick-tock" opening into Checkmate's
straight up brawl with reality, Red I carries the
thought into mastery of life's energy and tools.
Flipout's steely crystal clear analysis of time mechanics builds on Red's words. Discipline leads
to revelation which ultimately and appropiatly
leads to Misfit. Analysis now becomes third-eye
journeys from reality to the unknown, from idea
to abstract. Basically from Checkmate to Misfit.
Kemo's use of acoustic bass, emotional keyboard
horizons and pocket change pianos add the perfect unspoken. Here industry rules, promotions,
and bullshit of the day don't grip at up and coming
artists trying to get over. "Clockwork's" greatness lies in the listener gaining insight, revelation,
emotion and knowledge from each MC that
touched the mic. 90% easily. And a grand total of
80% for the 12" on a whole.
- Mr. Bill
Day Productions
Holding down the fort straight of the fuckin'
streets of Toronto, Saukrates is representin'
Canada. We all heard songs like that '94 track
"Still Caught Up" and his second single "Hate Runs
Deep",and with "FatherTime" Saukrates is here
to show motherfuckers are still caught With tight
beats from Day Productions, this brother is comin'
off with butter lyrics that are razor sharp and to
the point Bustin' out mad styles and lettin' sucker
MCs know 'done that been there, so whatever'
But on another note for all those jeep heads, check
out the b-side "21 Years" by Choclair. The track is
slammin' no doubt Another Saukrates piece of
vinyl to look for is "California". Being true to his
position, Saukrates is giving it up for the ladies
using D'angelo's "Lady" instrumental. It'd definitely
a sure shot. The flip side of that record is his boy
Marvel with "Words Of", a jazzy track that's definitely on some next shit. From the words of
Rakim "It ain't where your from, it's where your at"
- Sean Ski
Kool Keith
"Wanna Be A Star"
b/w "Slide We Fly"
Funky Ass
Another stroke of genius. Within one track,
Keith's able to pay tribute to a beautiful girl and
manipulate our collective "whipped" reaction or
appetite for this shit Through his usual mad hatter descriptions and random thoughts, Keith describes every girl and situation we've all thought
about seen, made jokes about with the fellas and
shook our heads at. This is a twisted player track
but Keith's so smart and subtle that he plays both
the "stable of hoes" and his audience. Anybody
who listens to that chorus and does not think it's
a joke has been played as any hoe described in
Keith's song. I mean, the chorus is so wack in it's
delivery and content that it's brilliant Keith's brilliance lies in content description and delivery
through every imaginably angle of the big picture.
The b-side: Only on a Kool Keith track can you
get a chorus paying tribute to sexual prowess, b-
boy style, b-boy stances, double meaning, fear of
no man and refusal to sell out or worry about
success all this time with a new slang phrase, "slide
we fly." As you get a few bars into the track and
start to get comfortable - BAM! Out of nowhere! This fucked up chorus flattens you
blindside and chaos spills out you fractured skull.
Another twisted personality grows out of Keith
as he heads down the yellowback road with
march     29 Noggin' Nodders. On the road to Oz these two
pepper the track with unorthodox phrasing, delivery and pace. Eerie space/haunted music, split
personality, horns, pianos and bass blur your vision and blind the reality you think you know.
Overall, these two tracks are excellent samples
of a lyrical master and an excellent addition or
reference point for any head's library.
- Mr. Bill
Fat Joe
"Envy" b/w "FireWater"
"Envy" is a lovely little rape of Marvin Gaye's
"Sexual Healing" joint strictly for the clubs if ya
catch my drift There is of course, a sensuous
female vocal accompaniment on the chorus while
Fat Joe shoots his gift about 'how his Dad beat
him and he didn't know why'. Although the lyrics
for the chorus are hella cheezy it just seems to
fall right in line with the whole scheme of the
song. Fat Joe has definitely made some progression in this "rap game" and with joints like this it's
noooo doubt Joe's going for the CR.E.A.M. The
b-side is some shit though, it's called "FireWater"
featuringThe Chef Raekwon and two other (not
known as yet) MCs.This track carries a distinct
Wu/Shaolin flave with production by BornLords
and it's bound to leave a doo-doo stain on your
brain. I even dig Joe's flow on this track, over all
the single's 50/50 one side is bangin' and the other
is not so bangin'.
- Kemo (therapy)
b/w "Ya Need to Quit"
First Imperial
"lndecision"is an incomparably solid track, hittin'
you with verbs, curves and metaphors.
Birdapres' got some new shit that he's about to
drop on the heads. There's also some really nice
turntable work courtesy of RKV. This piece ain't
no club record but it's one of them joints that
you'll hear on mixtapes or on radio shows. R.T.A.
is definitely on some different type shit The B-
side is the track that everyone got to speak their
mind on including, Bird, Reckless, Taijiquan,
Moka and Livin' Precision as they rip the gritty
track into five individual pieces. Each rhymer is
unique but I really like Reckless and Taijiquan's
vocals. Big ups to Che for finally gettin' his product out and on vinyl 12 inch.
- DJ Kilocee
Busta Rhymes w/ o.d.b.
"Woo Hah!!!" (remixes)     ( 74%
Holy shit! Who ever the fuck decided to put
these two psychopaths together on a remix for
"Woo-Hah!!!" must have been "on some
outerspace like you watch Star Trek" shit This
song lyrically and mentally is off the hook. Don't
get me wrong, it starts off pretty hype but by the
time it gets to the first chorus, no bullshittin', I
don't know what the fuck they're talkin' about
Between the grunts and hootering and hollering I
can catch a word or two but then the bassline
flips and shit sounds like it's going backwards. I
don't know man, it sounds like ODB ain't too concerned about kickin' rhymes normal human beings can understand anymore, he just don't give a
fuck. For real. But hey, if you can't get with that
version there's only three other one's to choose
from (minus ODB). There are two separate Jay-
Dee remixes and a DJ Skratch mix that you
should be able to deal with. That other shit is
crazee though... I don't know man... I don't know...
- FreeStyle Crazee
Chill Rob G
"KnowYa Place" b/w
"Let Me Know Something'
First Imperial
Seeing this record was a total shock to me because
I haven't seen any promo or heard anything about it
from anyone before this. All of a sudden, the
motherfuckin' man hits you in the head with his latest product. I haven't heard too much from Chill
Rob G in a while but it's quite apparent that he's
back in a big fuckin' way... The production on the a-
side reminds me of Noyd's shit. Real clean, real sharp
and on point. It's produced by Storm. The b-side
is a bit slower and more of a head nodding track but
most def in contention with the a-side. This is the
track that I'm gonna play the shit out of. Perfect
kicks, perfect snares mixed exceptionally well. This
is a two copy must have for any Dj with creativity.
The Fugees w/Pfamond
The Score
Everything Remains Raw
25 to lift
E.C.* I State Assassins
Tha AfkaholBct w/ Snagglepuss t XMbtf
No Hand Outs
Slide We Fly
Park Sun tlders feat. Irotber 4
Park Son Riders
Wu-Tang Clan
Winter Warz
Large Protestor
Mad Scientist
Pirty South
AZw/Chef Raekwon
Poe Or Pie (RZA remix)
Royal Fam
Special Ed
Freaky Flow (Premier remix)
Lord Rnesse w/ Sadat X, Grand Puba
f Large Profeuor
Actual Fact
Words Of
Fat Joe w/Chef Raekwon * Showbiz
I'm Rhymin'
Motherless Child
30     elements A collection of musical essays set to
"Now" music. Poetry and saxophone
slam together on this back-jacking,
mind-stabbing new musicscape.
"Black Book" reads like a heavy
blend rhyme, poetry, rap and hip-
hop. In a time of dark negativity, the
rhymes of "Black Book" pop out and
stay in your head. (B2-29266) South Coast representing
i-iW\o, Khujo, Cee-lo, Gipp
and their debut album
serves knowledge of self with the singles...
"All the louzz you've heard is true"


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