Fat Joe Crack had that trap itch…so he called 2 Chainz and his BX-brethren French Montana, naturally. BASS.
Fat Joe “No Country” (Feat. 2 Chainz & French Montana)
Fat Joe “No Country” (Feat. 2 Chainz & French Montana)
French Montana “Shot Caller NYC Remix” (Feat. Jadakiss, Styles P, Uncle Murda, & Fat Joe, Produced by Harry Fraud)
To all you youngins out there, the two main samples you hear throughout this joint (the horn from “Funky Child” and the bassline from “Chief Rocka”) are from Lords Of The Underground…a rap group from NEW JERSEY. THat’s some “G.O.D.Father Part 3″-whilst-sampling-Scarface-non-continuity theory right there b.
Fat Joe “Dopeman” (Feat. Jadakiss & Dre, Produced by Hype)
“Lord Finesse: The craziest thing about that battle to this day is that a motherfucker actually had a camera to tape it. You know that’s when something is highly anticipated – when the camera’s on hand, especially back in those days. Because niggas wasn’t videotaping no rap battles. I can’t even recall somebody videotaping a rap battle from that era.”
The above quote is from Ego Trip Land‘s interview with Finesse about his epic battle with The Rhyme Inspector, Percee P (reading that comes highly recommended…and a little late in posting, sorry). The interview was a pre-cursor to Thursday night’s showing of SBX!, a film which featured both Bronx heavyweights revisiting that legendary moment in ’89 (see below).
The footage is pretty gritty, but you can definitely HEAR it. The presence of the Mr. Softee ice cream truck in Part 2 is amazing.
But because we are who we are, here are some extra goodies to fulfill those historian needs of yours.
First, most people know Finesse from his royal roots in the D.I.T.C. family tree, but for a hot minute, the punchline kingpin was runnin’ with a West Coast underworld unit called The Rhyme Syndicate, led by none other than Ice-T. Here’s the proof of such allegations.
Second, I bring you some 90′s NYC public access footage from Getto Video/Getoe TV with Percee P rhymin’ alongside Fat Joe and a young Eminem (two different years). Coincidentally, P’s verse with Joey originally appeared on “Yes You May,” off of Finesse’s Return Of The Funky Man LP.
As a final installment, more Getoe TV (??? what is good with those cats misspelling “ghetto” two different ways?!?!?!) with Percee P and DMX, spilling his side of the story regarding the beef with K-Solo. Both spit a verse (though P runs the same verse as he did with Em), but the real gem is how VERY unedited the footage is. Comedy. How To Record A Video Drop 101. It is cool to see the amount of love both MC’s have for each other, though (aaaannnnd…pause).
To add to last Friday’s Brownsville spillage, here’s a dope little interview with Billy Danze and Lil Fame. Here, they revisit some funny memories: one of the final recording sessions for The Warriorz album (or was it Firing Squad), the first time they met DJ Premier (plus Lil Fame’s days as a DJ), Fat Joe and his white Lexus, Freddie Foxxx and The Paladium nightclub, and Guru. Definitely worth a view.
Yesterday, I had a chance pre-feast pow-wow with my man Harlem Boog and (Brooklyn) Migz. One cat came through to my lab…then another one made the impromptu stop-in…and boom…we’re in a 3-cornered circle talking about days long passed: our first tapes, buying albums for one song and hating the rest of it (yet still listening through the whole shit since missing somethin’ or poppin’ your tape with rigorous fast-forward/rewind work would have been a much greater tragedy), off-the-radio mixtapes (how we used keep the system on mega low volume, head next to the speaker and finger on “pause”…all to stay under the parental radar since rap music was racy and full of the wrong messages (to them)), $5 limo bags, memos your school would send to pop/ma dukes about certain fly pieces that would put his/her/their child at risk, the first time we heard a Kool G Rap joint, how Ready To Die may have been modeled after Live And Let Die, Evil Dee on HOT97 Monday nights, etc. I love that type of shit.
In today’s featured clip, we see a (similar, yet larger…and perhaps more document-worthy) gathering of the minds at the legendary “Fever” in the Boogie Down. It’s gotta be ’93 or so, and a young Fat Joe celebrates the completion of his debut album with the rest of the BDP/Diggin’ In The Crates crew, Uncle Ralph McDaniels (who more appropriate to host…plus it IS “Nervous Thursday” after all), KRS, Dres, Red Alert, Special K, Teddy Ted, Sadat-X, Primo, Willie D, and then some. The air is thick with grand mutual respect and genuine comradery amongst the artists…something seldom felt in this day and age of pre-packaged egos, Internet beef, and all-pseudo-everything.
So on this day…enjoy the familial vibe of this clip, remember the good times, and embrace the moments you get with your loved ones. Eat well.
Let’s keep it short today. The weekend is looming. I have to run around like a maniac to finish up some projects.
L kills this. One of my favorite combos of verse and beat…I mean seriously…THAT beat?!?! PTP calls it a “nightrider whip anthem”. I would be out at late-enough hours and hear this writhe and pound out of various rides. Shit sounded like ESG’s “UFO” was savagely assaulted by Kubrick’s The Shining. The simplicity of its arrangement just makes for a lumbering giant of a soundscape. Cake taker.
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