SHOUTS TO THE MAGNIFICENT JAZZY JEFF FOR INTRODUCING ME TO MAC MILLER….
WE MET ON THE PHONE AND WHILE HE WAS IN NY ONE DAY HE CAME BY TO MEET ME IN PERSON…….WE SMOKED AND DRANK ALL NIGHT AT HEADQCOURTERZ STUDIO, TALKED ABOUT BIG L AND HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE 90’S ERA OF HIP HOP WHEN HE WAS A KID AND WE ENDED UP MAKIN’ A JOINT AT 6AM FOR A MIXTAPE THAT JEFF WAS MAKIN’ CALLED “92 TIL INFINITY”…..SHOUTS TO DJ FINESSE AND MARCO POLO WHO WAS HERE THAT NIGHT….
AS WEEKS PASSED AND I NEVER LAID ANY SCRATCHES TO FINISH IT AS I’M KNOWN TO DO (I’M GETTIN’ BETTER AT FINISHIN’ ON TIME JUST WATCH), I SPOKE TO MAC WHEN HIS FLIGHT WAS CANCELED TO DO ROCK THE BELLS IN SAN FRANCISCO AND HE WAS SO PISSED THAT HIS FANS WOULD NOT GET TO SEE HIM PERFORM AND I TOLD HIM THAT I LIKE HOW HE RELEASES FREE SONGS ON TWITTER WHEN HE GETS A NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS TO HIT A CERTAIN MARK…..
I SAID FUCK IT, IM GONNA DO THE SAME AND LET’S JUST THROW IT OUT FOR FREE AND LET IT DO WHAT IT DO…….
SO HERE IT IS AND THANX TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER FOR ALLOWING THIS TO GO OUT FOR FREE……THE NEXT ONE IS GONNA COST YA ! (LOL)
Pound for pound, Just Blaze is one of the best producers ever. The Paterson, New Jersey native worked his way from being an intern at The Cutting Room studios in New York City to crafting the sound for Roc-A-Fella records.
After spending a few years in the late ’90s/early 2000s building his buzz (and his skill set) he became a star after producing a bulk of Jay-Z’s The Blueprint alongside Kanye West in 2001. Since then he’s been blessing us with bangers on the regular.
We got down with the man born Justin Smith to talk about his impressive catalog. In part one of our two part series, we focused on his lesser known records. Instead of exclusively talking about his best known records, we talked about how he got in the game and the beats he made along the way to making The Blueprint.
Blaze told us about how Big Pun gave him thousands of dollars of eqipment for free, how one of his most beloved records has a huge mistake on it, and the time Jay-Z told him he was the best producer in the game.
In part two of our interview we focus on the glory days of Roc-A-Fella. Mostly because, from 2002 to 2003, dude worked out of Baseline studios and made nothing but fire. We asked Blaze about producing on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 2: The Gift and The Curse, Freeway’s Philadelphia Freeway, Cam’Ron’s Come Home With Me, as well as other records.
Blaze didn’t hold anything back as he revealed which song on Blueprint 2 was originally a Nas diss, how his relationship with Dame Dash wasn’t always all good, and how Erick Sermon helped him get one of his biggest checks ever (at that time). Plus, he told us about how (at one point) he had to take Freeway’s career into his hands, the lost remix to “Roc The Mic” which featured State Property and Jay-Z, and how Cam’Ron was genuinely excited to have Hov spit a verse on “Welcome To New York City.”
Ace’s out-of-print underground gem is getting the ten-year treatment, as the Juice Crew/EMC alum reveals he’s in the studio with a live band.
Brooklyn, New York emcee Masta Ace released celebrated album Disposable Arts on October 18, 2001. A member of The Juice Crew as well as EMC, the album was Ace’s first release after a two-album tenure with his group, Masta Ace Incorporated. The Jcor Records release featured the likes of Greg Nice, King Tee and Rah Digga, and subsequently went out of print with the defunct label.
Recently, Masta Ace tweeted that he is recording a 10th anniversary project to Disposable Arts. Ace noted that he is recording with a live band on the Domingo-produced “No Regrets” and “Every Other Day.”
Virtual Festivals reporter Kristy Harper headed through Europe to Outlook Festival in Croatia.