Monday, December 22, 2008

Mr. Revolutionary

For my 2nd day of Town Bizness week I found a old song from 22nd Precinct called "Mr. Revolutionary". 22nd Precinct was a 3 group with rappers Samson S and Southpaw with DJ Swift on the wheels. Samson S goes in on Trustafarian rappers over the Lonnie Smith drums and some strings. Nothing screams early 90's more than that break. Samson was actually a dope producer and was sampling the soul records even back in 93.

I've known Samson since the mid 90's and he's one of the people in my circle whose opinion I actually value. Dude is a music fiend like nobody else I know. He is one of the most blunt, direct people I've ever met. I would play stuff for him back in the day and he would give the constructive criticism I needed to get better. For instance early on when I was making beats I had a good feel for doing drums and putting samples on them but that was IT. I had no sense of harmony and really wasn't even thinking of it for the most part. I couldn't even play a basic bassline. Instead of bullshittin me, Samfry would let me know how underdeveloped my music was and eventually I improved upon my weaknesses. When I gave him a copy of WVM, I figured I had done a pretty good job because he genuinely liked it.

Somebody needs to get my dude a cpu and some internet access because he was one of the more entertaining posters on a message board in history! Check his column in the now defunct Tablet magazine for some of his writing.

More Town Bizness

So I know I'm the most laziest blogger out there but this paralyzing snow storm in Seattle has forced me to rip some more treats for you guys. Going to try and put something up each day this week to get in the routine of "blogging".

1st up is a song that I don't believe was ever released. Its a song H Bomb did with Supreme in 92 or 93 called "You Don't Stop" I believe. Both of these dudes were important to me early on in my aspiring beat making days.

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H Bomb and Topspin aka Sinsimilla

H Bomb is the first dude I ever made a beat with and the first guy I know to actually go to the mythical "studio" and record his own song. He moved to Seattle from Boston in 91 and ended up on my street. We met riding the 48 to Garfield our Freshman year and became friends. He was definitely on the East Coast rap heavy so he would put me onto stuff like Brand Nubian and Ultramagnetic and I would put him on with MC Pooh and other random West Coast tapes I had at the time. (At the time I wasn't feeling that trade! lol) Eventually H Bomb became known on the local rap scene and everybody started wanting to work with him. He was part of a group called Sinsimilla with Topspin and Infinite that was really dope and he also did guest spots on a lot of people's stuff including Born Supreme, who was known for being the master crate digger in the city.

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Born Supreme getting awards from our punk ass mayor.

H Bomb did this song with Preme before I had actually met Preme. I ended up linking up with him a couple years later. First time I actually saw Preme was at Bop Street though. I was probably looking for some fender rhodes samples or something at the time. I was walking up to the store and I saw a mexican dude roll up in a red Blazer with some Daytons on it. I figured he had to be somebody doing beats or djing but I thought he was El Mafioso who was a rapper Nes used to play on KCMU back then. Eventually I ended up meeting Preme at Music Menu thru my old school homie Amilcar who worked there. Amilcar played some of my beats for him one day and Preme liked em. Eventually Preme took me under his wing and taught me about records and put out my first songs on Conception Records, which some of you guys might have heard of. When I met Preme I wasn't even thinking about putting out records or anything like that. I just wanted to do some songs and maybe get my beat played on KCMU's local music spotlight. H Bomb and I used to think it would be big to get your song played on KCMU. That was success back then.

This song is still pretty dope to me. I love the way Born put the 9th Creation in there with the Bob James. Some genuine SP1200 shit at its finest. Hussein just had his own way of rhyming that I always fucked with. He was a town phenom for a minute there. Everybody wanted him on their tape.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ante Up Vince McMahon

Cena Rumbles with Rappers Over Theme Music
Posted Oct 28th 2008 2:45PM by TMZ Staff
The guys of '90s hard-core rap group M.O.P. say John Cena and the WWE jacked one of their songs for John's entrance music and they're alleging some pretty slippery moves in the process.

Jamal Grinnage and Eric Murray -- that's Lil' Fame and Billy Danze -- want to put the kill switch on Cena's song, "The Time Is Now," saying it borrows heavily from their hit "Ante Up." In a federal lawsuit, they claim WWE's lawyers actually found some person to sign off on the license who was only a receptionist and didn't have authority to do so.

The biggest point of actual musical contention is one non-English line -- "BRRR Abado" -- that appears in the original song once, and in JC's song three times.

The suit asks for destruction of Cena's song and $150K from the defendants. No word from Cena or WWE yet.

The biggest point of actual musical contention is one non-English line -- "BRRR Abado" -- that appears in the original song once, and in JC's song three times.

LOL this is pretty great.

So I did this song like 5 years ago and unfortunately I don't own any publishing on it! I could have done something real ignorant with that publishing yaper. I did turn in the samples that I used on the song including the MOP part. I was hoping at least they would get paid off it. 150 racks seems kinda low though. That shit is on commercials, video games and dvd's. Not to mention all the times it has played while Cena enters the ring. I guess this doesn't really suprise me considering WWF cleared the wrong sample for one of the beats I did on the album. Last I heard that record had sold 370K, maybe it will go gold one day. Another plaque that I will never get for my wall.

PS. You can now just go to and reach this page. No need for all that blogspot crap.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Found this at my dad's house the other day. Luckily parents keep all this type of crap because I had totally forgot about it. I was actually goin to do a producer album in 97 or 98 around the time I put out this single but I never finished. There are like 5 songs sitting somewhere I'll try to dig out at some point.

So since most of the people hearing "Home" haven't heard of the artists that I was paying tribute to on this song its only fitting that I hit yall with the full length songs of the samples I used in the hooks. They're all Seattle hip hop artists from the 90's. If people want to hear more I can dig thru the tapes and put some more songs up.

PS. I know I haven't been updating this like I should be but fuck it, I'm a amateur blogger. BTW this album stuff takes up a lot of time.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I Glow

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So must of yall know the clean version of the album has leaked. The label sent out the radio promos and there it goes. All I ask is that if you actually like the album, buy that shit. If you think it sucks, delete it. I know I've been lazy on updates but I'm going to try to throw stuff up a lot more frequently.

A lot of people's favorite song off the album is "Glow" by Elzhi and Royce. This initially was a Elzhi solo cut with three verses. When I tried to get the session for the song, El couldn't find it so he had to redo it. The version on the album is a bit different and took me a bit to get used to. Here is the demo version.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Town Bizness pt. 1

For people in Seattle, Bellingham is pretty much known to people in the town as the place where your flop homies go to college because they couldn't get in to UW. Times are changing though! My dude Malay is making a name for the "ham"? and people probably have no idea.

I met Malay thru Redskin in 05. Skizzle was telling me that we should work together and eventually we linked up. Dude pretty much blew me away (pause) with his talent on ALL instruments and we started doin beats together. One of the first one's we did turned into this

Hot Rod feat Mary J Blige "Be Easy"

Before working with Malay I didn't really think it was possible to get the sound I wanted without using samples. He definitely opened my eyes to the other side. We did a ton of beats in a couple of months (some of em are on my album) and eventually I took off for Oakland and Malay moved to NY. While I was wrapped up in G Unit world Malay kept on his grind for a couple years and eventually made some serious power moves! Chilling on Making the Band, bowling with Usher, you know that superstar shit lol. You also might have seen this video

Big Boi feat Mary J Blige "Something's Gotta Give"

or this one!

John Legend feat Andre 3K "Green Light"

Malay has a bunch of stuff coming up that will continue to be blappin. Keep a eye out for him. Town Bizness maine b/w of Bellingham.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Its almost time....

Soooo. I mixed the last song from my album and this shit is finally done. October 7th is the date of release. Here is the tracklisting

1. I'm Coming feat Black Milk and Nottz
2. Gangsta Boy feat MOP
3. The Truth feat Freeway and Brother Ali
4. Turn it Down
5. God Like feat D Black
6. Bless the Child feat Little Brother
7. Oh Really feat Pos and Slug
8. Hi
9. Trap Door feat MF Doom
10. Dead Wrong feat Young Buck
11. Kissin the Curb feat Bishop and Busta
12. How We Ride feat Freeway
13. White Van feat Alchemist, Evidence and Prodigy
14. Big Homie Style feat J Pinder, GMK and Spaceman
15. Scared feat Blueprint
16. Great Sound
17. Get Er Done feat MF Doom
18. Feeling My Shit feat Casual
19. Soil Raps feat Keak da Sneak
20. Glow feat Elzhi and Royce da 5'9
21. RIP
22. Home feat Vitamin D, C Note, Maneak B and Ish
Damn that's a lot of songs! Going to be updating this blog relatively frequently and posting (blogging?) about all types of ish.