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Love to Easy Mo Bee
as  producer on Biggie’s album

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Ready to Die is the debut album of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released September 13, 1994 on Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records. It serves as the first release on the record label. Recording sessions for the album took place from 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of The Notorious B.I.G.’s experiences as a young criminal, referring to himself as “the black Frank White”. Ready to Die is his only studio album released during his lifetime; B.I.G. was murdered days prior to the release of his second album Life After Death (1997).

Ready to Die gained strong reviews on release and became a commercial success, reaching quadruple platinum sales. It was significant for revitalizing the East Coast hip hop scene, amid West Coast hip hop’s commercial dominance. The album’s second single, “Big Poppa”, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards. Ready to Die has been regarded by several music critics as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 133 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, making it the third highest hip hop album on the list. In 2006, Time included it on its list of the 100 greatest albums of all time.

The production on the album was mainly handled by Easy Mo Bee and The Hitmen, and it was generally well-received by critics. Rolling Stone described the beats as “heavy bottomed and slick,” enhancing the lyrics but not standing in their own right. The production is mainly sample-based with the samples varying from the percussion of funk tracks to the vocals of hip hop songs. Steve Huey presented some criticism over the beats, stating that the “deliberate beats do get a little samey, but it hardly matters: this is Biggie’s show” Cheo H. Coker depicted the beats as “heavy bottomed and slick, but B.I.G.’s rhymes are the showstoppers. The tracks only enhance them, whether it’s the live bass driving a menacing undercurrent or [the] use of bluesy guitar and wah-wah feedback” and that the production is used to “push the rapper to new heights.”

via wikipedia

Casualties of War

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It’s all hard work and no play
 More than combat, it’s far beyond that
 Cause I got a kill or be killed kind of attack
 Area’s mapped out, there’ll be no, Stratego
 Me and my platoon make a boom wherever we go
 But what are we here for?
Who’s on the other side of the wall?
 Somebody give the President a call
 But I hear warfare scream through the air
 Back to the battlegrounds, it’s war they declare
 A Desert Storm: let’s see who reigns supreme
Something like Monopoly: a government scheme
Go to the Army, be all you can b Another dead soldier?
 Hell no, not me So I start letting off ammunition in every direction
 Allah is my only protection But wait a minute,
Saddam Hussein prays the same and this is
Asia, from where I came I’m on the wrong side, so change the target
Shooting at the general; and where’s the sergeant?
Blame it on John Hardy Hawkins for bringing me to America
Now it’s mass hysteria I get a rush when
I see blood, dead bodies on the floor
CASUALTIES OF WAR!
 RAKIM

[Truth] How Easy Mo Bee got his name…

Hip Hop, a name is so important. It represents you.
It should be catchy. It has to sound good. And most of all, it has to look good on paper.
The name “EASY MO BEE” was totally inspired by The Treacherous Three’s KOOL MOE DEE. He was “KOOL” so I opted for the similar adjective “EASY”.
He was “MOE” with an E. So I was like… drop the E on “MOE”.
And he was “DEE” for his last name Dewese. So I switched mine to “BEE” for my family/round-the-way nickname “BOOBIE” and the rest is history.
True story.
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MUSIC LOVA

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I can feel the melody inside of me
Flowing through my hands
Jumping through my chest
Bumpin in my brain brain brain
It’s no obsession, it’s an addiction
Can’t live without it, cuz it helps with my emotions
When I’m sad, it gives me a smile
And when I’m down it helps me forget the hurt
Just the sound is so captivating
I just can’t help but groove to the music
When I hear it, I can feel it
It’s something that became part of me
Just the bass, piano and strings
Creates a melody that makes you feel good
So much passion, so much life
There’s only one way to describe how I feel and it’s I’m in love
I’m in love with music
I’m in love with music
I’m in love with music
I’m in love with music
Love it when it’s bumpin
Cuz it flows right in my system
I just can’t help it cuz
I can feel it
I’m in love with music
~LUKAY

image: QuestLove

Shots in the Dark by Smif n Wessun feat. Jahdan


Privileged to know these gents and again proud of the message…
“Shots in the Dark” is a smooth gangsta track with a true story laced over a gritty beat.
The family of BUCKTOWN USA just celebrated their 10 Year Anniversary the other night in NYC with an amazing show.
Make sure you follow the movement and continue to
SUPPORT!

Video:
Director: Lisa “Cynical” Smith for Bucktown USA Films
Assistant Director: Jamiyl Campbell
Director of Photography: Gordon Franklin
Camera Operator: Rudolph Carty
Production Assistant: Oveta Clinton
Editor: Darrell A. Yates
Art Director: Phillip Shung
Song produced by Beatnick & K-Salaam

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“Tupac Problems” by Maino aka the King of Brooklyn

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Maino dropped “Tupac Problems” directed by H.O.O.D. from his K.O.B. project which is available now! So many identified (and still do) with Tupac for his struggles, issues and strive to be human in a system set up with many potholes and cliffs where we have to DAILY chose good from bad. It seems more and more that the problems are becoming bigger and more frequent in these times. Maino is never short on sharing his feelings and emotions. He dedicated this song/video to the late Schriff “ST’ Williams who was murdered in East NY last Oct. To my understanding his murder is still unsolved even though there was surveillance video from the diner near by.
More and more NYC is tired of being “dead” to the music industry so it seems the radio and artists are standing up to take the airwaves back over. Maino had recently tweeted, “Leadership’s not about a title but about a way of doing things.”  The self-proclaimed ‘King of Brooklyn’ does run into the infamous haters and people who beg to differ but @Chase_Luchianosaid, “The only ppl who have a problem with Maino saying he the King of Brooklyn is ppl who ain’t even from Brooklyn.” 
 
In the video Maino wears the infamous straight jacket that Pac wore on the VIBE Mag cover I believe came out in 1994. I fell in love over time as he ‘stands for something’ which to me is somewhat rare these days, especially in the rap community.

On a side note: 
I am excited to hear what him and @JustinaMusic cooked up the other day in the studio!! 

“Fork in the Road” by Scram Jones

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Had the pleasure of running into another one of my favorites last night…
SCRAM JONES aka the “Triple Threat” was smoozing with fellow friends Kool Herc, Jus Blaze & Statik Selektah at one of the dopest hiphop spots in NYC. If you don’t know him yet then I have to ask, “Where have you been?” Reading his bio could be a start or you could just play this dope anitmated video of his latest release “Fork in the Road” directed by Konee Rok!

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HIPSTEPPIN INTO THE FUTURE

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Ignacio Soltero is a Brooklyn based, born and raised, photographer. He always had an interest in photography since learning of the process at eleven years old at day camp. Two years later, he learned how to operate a manual film camera and develop B&W film in a dark room in Junior HS. At that time, he mostly photographed school events, skateboarding & his bmx biking friends on the weekends. The passion for photography was short lived due to the lack of funds to buy a camera. A few years later, his interest in photography got sparked again while studying Advertising Design in college. He then began to document his mountain bike adventures throughout Brooklyn. With those photos, he then formed a website with friends documenting other mountain bikers in NYC. Since then, he has used his skills from shooting action sports photography and applied them to shooting DJs, dancers and other events. hipstepp3 hipstepp4 hipstepp5 hipstepp6 hipstepp7 hipstepp8 hipstepp9