Here's somethin new i wanna start up, and its basically my take on certain classic videos that meant alot to me. This is gonna be a once a week type thing, and any comments or thought is appreciated!
1st up to start this series right is Mic Geronimo's Masta I.C. This right here is one of my all-time fav. joints man. I remember when i 1st saw it during the summer of '95, i was grounded for half of that summer for stealing basketball cards and gettin caught (the 2 cards were Shaq & Penny, yeah i know its stupid but back then b-ball cards was like crack!). So i pretty much had no choice to watch vids all day. When i seen this vid for the 1st time on BET, i was hooked man. I never heard a beat like that 1st of all, and as we all know Buckwild produced the joint. And if u heard the orig. sample for this record, Buck just took it to another level. 2nd, the vid was so well shot with the slow motion effect and smoky visuals to it. This was one of Hype Williams's early productions and it was just a instant classic. There were some cameo's in this vid that at the time i had no idea who they were but now we all know, such as Royal Flush (who is on the hook), Ja Rule & Irv Gotti. This was the 1st time i even heard Mic Geronimo rap, remember in TX there is no Hot 97 or Stretch & Bobbito. So i didnt listen to his other early singles like Shits Real, Lifecheck or The Natural until i heard his LP. And we all know that was a classic. As a matter of fact, like after a week or two of hearing this record my mother took me and my brother to the local record store (Renaissance Records in Killeen, TX) and i copped the single. On that single it also included the track "Time 2 Build" with Jay Z, Ja & DMX. Now when i heard the track everytime i jammed the single, i didnt think nothin of those 3 mc's. I just thought they had dope rhymes and i would never hear from them again, boy was i wrong. So lets go back to the summer of '95 with this vid, and let ur comments & thoughts be known!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Yall remember when Jay Z was still grimy and gully? When he said he would wear a bandana & a doo rag to ur so-called awards shows with his chain & shirt out? Personally i miss the '96-'02 Jay Z alot cause at that time he wasnt Hollywood yet and was still acting like he was in the hood. He was arrogant and very boastful, plus a trend setter!! Whether it was AF1's, 1st person to rock platinum, 1st person to pull out the black American express card (4 Da Fam vid), one of 1st person to rock Iceberg clothing, 1st person to rock Evisu, bringing back button ups, wearing a t-shirt wrapped around ur head in a form of a doo-rag trend-starter.....I mean i can go on & on with the stuff this man done during that time period. If u go back and check the manuscripts, Jay Z was a different person from '96-'02 than '03- present date. I guess getting older have somethin to do with it, but the old Jay Z will have a good place in my hip-hop heart to me cause he was on top at every level. U want to see what im talkin about? Ok, well check this out and tell me the Jay Z from 10 years ago is different from now. And thats in more ways than one!! Check out classic hip-hop footage right here!! Lets Go Hova!!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
As yall may know i am old school to the max, and i am a avid collector of classic hip-hop whether its music, magazines or etc. But i am desperate need, in DESPERATE need of old Bet Rap City & YO! MTV Raps episodes for my collection!! I need yall help out there for this mission, i am countin on my fellow followers for support!!
If anyone has any BET Rap City episodes from 1994-2000 or Yo! MTV Raps episodes from 1988-1995, please lmk in the comment box, chatbox or please e-mail at email@example.com!!! I am willing to pay if it comes to that. I prefer them to be on VHS or DVD, that will be just fine. Please people, this project means alot to me and i am relying on u all to help me. Remember, please e-mail me or say somethin in the comment box or chatbox. Lets make this happen people, thanks again for ur help!!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Nowadays u see rappers dressin up and staying maddd GQ all the time. But there was a time when dressin up and stylin and all of that wasnt happenin. It was very grimy and gully and minimal to no ice wearing, but at the same time u still stylin cause some of the gear at that time was dope! Even when rappers was on TV back then, they was like fuck dressin up we are gonna do us and what u see is what u get. And the crazy thing was.....it was acceptable!!! Nowadays u would look like a damn fool by many. So let's go back to '95 with the legendary Big L, as u can see he stylin on his own level on national TV with a jersey (no undershirt), kangol hat, sweats and AF1's!! Now thats gully, but this was my era and that is what it was. L is in the da house promoting his 2nd single "MVP" and lettin the people know some tidbits about his upcoming LP "Lifestyles ova da Poor & dangaerous"!! Real classic footage right here, and u can only get this stuff right here on Recognize the Real. And props to other people out there in the internets world recognizing these vids i put up and making the views #'s shoot out the roof! Now if i can only get yall to DL more of the music im puttin up.............
Friday, November 5, 2010
It could be argued that for a brief time in '96, Nas was the top emcee. His LP It Written went double plat., and that right there broke all types of barriers for him. People knew he was that nigga at time with Jay just comin out and Biggie layin the weeds workin on his 2nd LP. People over the years i found to realize always killed It Was Written, why? I do not know. They say he went away from his style from Illmatic. Yall got to realize, '94 was way different from '96. U got to go along with the times. It was no more Nasty Nas, its now Nas Escobar. No more minimal ice wearing, its now Big Willie style! And the mafiaso culture was in full effect. Nas to me went hard around this time. I miss Nas Escobar, i wish he can comeback sooner or later. It Was Written to me when it 1st dropped was a monumental LP man. I was in the 9th-10th grade when it came out and i remember like yesterday everybody jammin it. It was a great time man. Seeing MTV & BET playin If I Ruled The World & Street Dreams videos continuosly was not that bad back then compared to now seein the same old wack songs again & again. Like i always said before, if u would of told me back in '96 hip-hop would be at where its at now i thought u was joking. A bad joke at that. So check out this vid and lets remember the good times man. And check the gear Nas wearin, pretty fly man!!!