J-Live speaks with HipHopSite’s own DJ Pizzo about his recently released Undivided Attention EP, as well as his upcoming album, S.P.T.A. (Said Person Of That Ability), which will include production from RJD2, Diamond D, Floyd Da Locksmith, Marco Polo, and of course J-Live himself.
Hard to decide what the illest part of this vintage clip is: the fact that Show and AG and Dres are performing on prime time national TV? Or that a fetching young Jennifer Lopez (then an In Living Color dancer; seen rockin’ the red hat) is so visibly enjoying her hometown BX sounds? Or that a pre-superstardom Jim Carrey is pogo-ing like a mug in the middle of the pack? Or that the credits list James Brown as the special guest on this particular episode? Actually, we think it’s that all of the above happened on Rupert Murdoch’s dime. Bounce!
Although they are now considered a legendary group, leading into the release of their second album, The Infamous, it was far from a given that Albert “Prodigy” Johnson and Kejuan “Havoc” Muchita would enjoy such long and fruitful careers. Their first album, Juvenile Hell, had been a commercial flop, although it did yield a minor hit, “Hit It From The Back,” and led to them being dropped by their first label, 4th & Broadway. Prodigy even admits in his new autobiography, My Infamous Life, that him and Havoc didn’t really take the songwriting and producing process serious for their debut. It’s understandable given that both were teenagers at the time.
Besides, if it was the impetus for what was to come, then it was definitely a good thing. While only producing three songs on Juvenile Hell, the group produced a majority of The infamous, carving out a unique and unmistakable sound. Dark, moody, brooding, and sinister, the music was apocalyptic and Havoc and Prodigy’s unyielding and unremorseful lyrics painted a very bleak picture of what life was like growing up in Queensbridge (yeah, we know Prodigy is from Hempstead, Long Island, but it’s obvious he spent a lot of time in QB). It may have been unnerving to think that a duo so young could entertain such cold-blooded thoughts, but given the overwhelmingly positive response, the realness seemed to resonate.
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Ffiteen minutes of super rare footage of Pac’s infamous bathtub photo shoot with renowned photographer David LaChapelle shortly after his release from prison.
Here are some of Lachappelle’s comments on the shoot:
DM: I feel that a lot of your work emphasises on beauty in people, regardless of colour or size. One of my favourite pieces of your work is “Becoming Clean” with Tupac Shakur amongst others. How was it like work with him?
DL: Tupac was great, he was very sensitive and is truly a good person. I wrote to his mum when he died and she sent me flowers and gave me his last song, “Ghetto Gospel.” When we did the shoot, he had just come out of prison and every shot has a reason, it’s never random, so this was the idea of the photo shoot, him becoming clean. He had given this interview when he was still in prison and he really opened up and was so honest. I had read it and thought it was so truthful so for the work I did with him, there was this idea of washing away and rebirth. And we did another shoot where he posed as a slave on a cotton field. They traced rapping and rhyming to “call and repeat” during slavery time in sugar cane and cotton fields to pass the time. It’s on the Hotel Lachapelle book. Tupac came to the shoot 2 hours early, which was very unusual for a rapper. So I wasn’t ready for the shoot and he didn’t care. He reminded me of my black friends whom I went to art schools with, he was so cool, open-minded and chill. He wasn’t judgemental. Then later on, I found out that he had gone to an art school. He left behind a big bag of socks and underwear because he had just come out from prison and never picked it up. He died shortly after. I still wear his socks sometimes (laughs).
Hit continue reading to check some of the classic pics LaChapelle took that day.
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In Part 2 of our interview with Bonsu, we discuss his move to takeover The Source Magazine. At first, we talk about why he was hesitant to work with the magazine. Then, we discuss why he eventually took the job, and hiring Combat Jack on to the team. Finally we discuss his plans for bringing the magazine back to the top of the game.
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All songs were taken from the original wax pressings. This mix is what I simply listen 2 on any given day, while living life. It’s a pleasure to share these tracks with my new oki-ni friends. I own all of these records. No mp3s or computer files were used for this mix. No fake shit or fads; just the truth.
Check the tracklist after the jump.
produkcija Dzejson Fizzle Prodakshizl
kamera / Aleksandar Bozic
montaza / Janko Janicijevic
rezija / Kosta Jordanovski
This is a new single from the European hiphop artist Tijana Bass, the single was published by SLAMjamz Records (www.slamjamz.com). After her debut album Playground produced by Studdah Man, she teamed up with the legendary rap group Public Enemy in a duet song, which is talking about terrors of propaganda thru todays media and neo-fascism in the modern World. The video was directed by David Burk for Outdoggy video and produced by Tijana Bass.
The song is produced by Baby Dooks.