From time to time on here, I'll be expanding on some of my experiences as a fly on the wall in what I think were the greatest instances in my life whether music or otherwise. For this first one I chose to touch on one of the better ones. Back before Dame and Biggs exited stage left, and the Roc was the Army, better yet the Navy (you know the rest..) Baseline studios was like the reincarnation of D&D. For like 5 years, nothing but flames walked through that door. It was so crazy man I seen established producers who I won't name walk out halfway in tears cuz a certain crew from Philly would clown their beats to the point of havin' them break down.. Eventually i'll expand on what we called "Keep It Real Wednesdays" and prolly make that a weekly thing but back to the story.. I remember when HipHop and Gee started bringing Kanye around and he came through with the infamous cd of beats that became half of "The Dynasty" (no diss to Just cuz he was another animal altogether, doing 4 beats for Busta in 4 hours upon one of his first visits to the studio after convincing Dubbs to let him rock in the B room.. he never left after that..lol)
Well Kanye was always a humble cat and we'd always kick it on what we thought was and wasn't hot (he swore Nelly was one of the nicest mc's in the game at the time.. needless to say I didnt agree with him on that..) and clothes like throwback jerseys and this is before mitchell n ness blew the f up..(he loved the Astros joint..lol) Well this eventually led to him confidin' enough in the kid to play me a cassette of some songs he had worked on in what sounded like a home studio. At no point did he say it was him spittin but he was insistent on me givin him my honest opinion on what i had heard.. He played me 6 songs as i recall and although the quality was really bad and the vocals superloud, I could tell the kid spittin had some skills.. the songs mainly dealt with girls (one joint was like a 3 verse backwards story about some girl he liked and some shit that happened between them. Choppy, but it was a dope concept) but the one that stood out and I had him play three times for me was a joint that never made his debut. I recall wondering why that was the case but I'd learn later he was stashin' it for the 2nd go round! That song was Hey Mama. I remember the intro being the same and the chorus as well and i realized Kanye had it. I ran to the lounge and got HipHop to come and listen and Hip listened for 30 seconds and told Kanye to stick to makin' beats and went back to his pool game..
(If you don't feel this record something's wrong witcha..)