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Some New Child news (about his new group)
Posted by on Wednesday, September 29 2004

Kahiem from the Mob Life records forum just announced that New Child is in a group with a rapper out of Texas named Mr. Lil' D (not the cat from Jerzey Mob), the groups called Black Balled G'z, and the album will be called Banned From The Industry. It will be released on New Child Enterprise & Strait Laze records. Elijah said that everyone can expect some real heat on this in part because Hella Tight is doing a good amount of the production on it.

Source: Kahiem

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Won-G just released a new CD with a 2Pac tribute with a special guest producer
Posted by on Tuesday, September 28 2004

Won-G just released a new album called "Rage Of The Age" which has a tribute track called "We Won't Cry"[Tribute To 2Pac]. For the people that never heard of Won-G he is a rapper from Haiti, he has rapped with the Outlawz, DJ Quick, Luniz, Da Brat, James DeBarge, Layzie Bone, Ju-L & Sylk E Fyne. The most suprising thing about this track is the production because the producer is Johnny J (who did some production for Won-G back in 1999/2000 on the Royal Impression album), and this track is hot, check back soon because we should have the track or atleast a clip posted here real soon.

Just as a side note this CD is one of the best out in 2004, everyone needs to check Won-G out.

 

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Yaki Kadafi Birthday Bash, October 9th New Jersey
Posted by on Monday, September 27 2004

Yaasmyn Fula, mother of Outlaw Yaki Kadafi, has just let us know that her and Candyman 187 of the Havenotz, are arranging a birthday bash for Kadafi which will be held in New Jersey on the 9th of October. HitEmUp.com will keep you informed of special guests and the venue for this special event in the next few days

Planning to go to the bash? post here! let us know

For More information please contact Candyman at candyman187@tmail.com

 

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Real Hip hop interviews Candyman 187
Posted by on Sunday, September 26 2004

The industry has reached out to the streets for their newest artist. The streets responded with one of their best yet, his name Candyman 187.

At the age of 21, Candyman 187 has more stripes under his belt than most achieve in a life time. A product of the West and the East Coast, having spent a fair share of time in both, Candyman has a West Coast style with East Coast lyrical capabilities.

Unlike most rappers, it seems Candyman was destined for this. Hand picked by the Greatest of all time Tupac Shakur, as a member of his Havenotz (with a Z he stresses) at the tender age of 11. Candyman was put on to the game very early on. Although his love for Tupac is very apparent, he refuses to talk too much about their meeting, as he explained to me with teary eyes, it is too painful to bring those memories up.

Now at the age of 21, Candyman has been taken under the wings and developed a real close relationship with Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's step-father (the only man Tupac considered a father) and mentor. And Mopreme Shakur, Tupac's step-brother, and a member of the infamous Thug Life.

"(Mu)Tulu is like a father to me, he mentors me" explains Candyman, "Mopreme is my motherfucking nigga! That's my heart, he is like an older brother to me."

It is apparent that Candyman's status as a 'Hood Legend' is already building. Having been shot and stabbed multiple times, coming out of a past of drug dealing, hustling, and much more, it seems God has more planned for the brother. The stories about him range from funny to crazy to very depressing. You can't help but feel for the brother and the adversity he has outlasted. "I've done it all, been through it all, that's why niggas in 'hoods love me, because they relate to me and my pain, they love the fact that I'm riding for them" says Candyman "they feel the hopelessness yet the fact that I still dream"

Already a household name in hoods across California, New York, and Virginia/DC, and across every Hip Hop Police and Cointelpro list, thanks to a few of his songs that were eaten up by young thugs all across.

A style/flow similar to that of Tupac's, with his own personality mixed in, and a deep voice, which gives you more knowledge than professors at Harvard, makes it hard to ignore him when he speaks. Highly recognized for his obsession with death, a suicidal obsession at times, and his extreme hatred of the police (this is evident in his song "Fuck Tha Police" where he talks about taking up arms against the police and regaining control of our communities), love for the people, and a Thug/revolutionary lifestyle. Candyman it seems is truly helping to continue the struggle Tupac started and so persistently fought for. With his recent signing to Mob Life Records, I caught up with Candyman 187 for a long awaited interview.

As we get ready to start this interview, the eerie feelings of death, pain and hopelessness are very evident in his eyes, though he occaisionaly laughs and smiles, one look in his eyes and you can see the demons he struggles with.

Wearing a khaki (dickie) suit, with an airbrushed Tupac Shirt which has "Thug Life" written on the front and "Havenotz" written on the back, and Chuck Taylors on his feet. He reminds me of a straight old school West Coast Gangster. Rolling a blunt, with bottles of Hennessey all over the room and about 30 or more of the roughest looking brothers standing around, Candyman seems at perfect ease as he lights the blunt and a model looking sister puts some more Hennessey in his glass.

RHH: What's happening man, how you been?

CM: Marinating my nigga, been a minute huh...

RHH: Yeah bro, since june...

CM: My nigga Pac's (Tupac) Birthday Party! That was hellafied!
(This was also a fundraiser for Dr. Mutulu Shakur and The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.)

RHH: Yeah that was a beautiful event, I know a lot of New Yorkers were real happy you put that together.

CM: We.

RHH: We?

CM: You said 'I' put it together, 'We' put it together. Tulu (Mutulu), Mopreme, Kamel, Nzingha, and Me. Sister Erica Ford (code foundation) and my niggaz Treach (naughty by nature), Blade, Majesty (Live Squad), J.R., Dare to Struggle, Yaasmy Fula (mother of deceased Outlawz member Yafeu 'Yakki Kadafi' Fula), Grassroots Artist Movement, Malcolm X Grassroots, Special Delivery of WBAI, my Mob Life Records Family, and all the home boys in New York and California and Virginia. All the thug niggas that came to show love and represent. We put that together.

RHH: I apologize, no disrespect intended.

CM: You good nigga, stop bugging. (Laughs) (Easier said than done, as there are 2 guns on the table we are sitting on, and many more present in the room)

RHH: So what's the deal with you and Mob Life Records? How did you come about them?

CM: Well basically I met up with all of them through Tulu (Mutulu), while we were trying to get the Tupac Birthday Bash together. They started coming to my events and showing me hella love. I knew the owner, me and him became real cool. Feel me? They just started becoming a nigga family. And after they signed my nigga Mopreme, they came at me like 'whats popping?' I was like I'm down nigga. So we got it cracking.

RHH: So are you recording an album for them now?

CM: Not yet, I got hella tracks I'm doing, you know a nigga gotta eat. But right now they got a few projects they're finishing up, then my nigga Mopreme and then me. (By now the blunt has been finished, and a New Port ciggarette has been lit in its place, I soon realize Candyman has a very unhealthy chain smoking habit.)

RHH: The streets have been waiting for you to drop for a while, its almost like you tease them with a drop every little while.

CM: (Laughs) I love the streets nigga. That's my motherfucking Road Dogs right there. Its the same principle as a good story teller. You give them a little bit at a time. Keep them hungry for more.

RHH: Its amazing to see a brother like you, you are a product of the streets yet you are a revolutionary. How does that feel, I mean you've heard the story, in the 'hood you get more respect for going to jail then college.

CM: Revolution and the streets go hand in hand. Every Thug Life member and Havenotz member is a revolutionary, because we are all so deeply rooted in the streets. Pac picked niggas off the streets, because he knew how that goes. Real recognize real. Its a hard position to be in, a revolutionary thug. Because I gotta walk a real thin line. Its like I can't get too political or the streets will forget me (at this point on of the brothers in the back yells "the streets will never forget you nigga! We love you too much!", other scream in unision). And I can't get too street, or too gangster otherwise the Political niggas forget me. So I just stay me, real, that's all I know. As far as the hood giving more respect for going to jail then college, that's some ignorant ass bullshit. It aint even true. Real niggaz respect any hustle. Shit, education is key dog, that's how you get that power. They can take everything from you, but not your education. Remeber teach their kids! The kids partner! How you finna do that if you have no fucking education! Ignorance is bliss my nigga. Remember that.

RHH: It seems that you have learned a lot from Tupac and others.

CM: Tupac put me on to this game. For that I love that nigga and ride for him 'til I die. Mopreme still keeps me game tight. That's my motherfucking road dog. I love that nigga. Mutulu has put me under his wing and taught me things about the game that only an O.G like him would know. I've learned and continue to learn from these niggas. That's my motherfucking family. (By now a half a bottle of hennessey has been finished, somebody is being sent to get more newports because Candyman is out, and another blunt has been lit. It makes you wonder how healthy of a lifestyle he lives.)

RHH: So you were very young when you met Tupac right? How'd that happen?

CM: (inhales a deep amount of smoke from the blunt) First off, please don't compare me to Tupac. He was a legend. What he did can never be done. It is a honor to be able to be a part of what he started and did. But I will never be Tupac, no one could ever be Tupac. He was the greatest. You can only wish to accomplish half of what he did. But yeah, I met him as a kid. I was doing some dumb shit because I didn't have no choice, nigga got to do what he got to do, feel me? For whatever reason he took a liking to me. (By now Candyman's eyes become teary and his voice starts choking up). Pac had faith in me when no one else did. He gave me a reason to live. Made me a part of the Havenotz. For that I love that nigga 'til the day I die. (A few tears fall from his eyes, I began to realize just how much he loves this man). I miss my nigga, I wish he was here right now, shit would be so much better. All these phoney motherfuckers wouldn't be eating either. (I can see how hard it is for him to talk about Tupac, so I decide to let that be for a future meeting)

RHH: How do you feel about all these people who claim to love Tupac?

CM: That's good. I'm glad my nigga got so much love. Its only real. What he did for this game, nobody could. Shit half the love I get is thanks to him. Niggas just need to be real. They need to realize that we are Makaveli (Tupac's alias was Makaveli the Don, named after Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli) trained soldiers. All of us, Thug Life, Outlawz, Havenotz. We was there for Pac when it wasn't cool to be down with him. When the world turned on him, we were there and we turned on the world. Feel me. We loved Pac because he loved us. Not because the nigga was Tupac the multiplatinum rapper. We riders for life.

RHH: What are the Havenotz?

CM: The Havenotz are the second generation of Thug Life. We are the niggas who Tupac talked about. Pac decided there needed to be a clique to continue the Thug Life legacy. Thug Life stands for The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody, we are those infants that got that hate. We are the hopeless niggas. We didn't have life handed to us on a silver platter. We had to and still have to earn everything we got. We riders partner. That's why we so cool with Thug Life, because we are their seeds.

RHH: So how many Havenotz are there?

CM: Shit, hella Havenotz. We got so many street niggas that I can't even began to name them. They know who they are. Thug Life is a part of us.
Me, Mopreme, Mutulu, we all Havenotz. My nigga Treach down with this shit. I mean we got so many riders and soldiers. We not just a music crew. We a motherfucking clique. Its street niggas, hood niggas, artists, rappers, actors. West Coast, East Coast, Down South, Up North, shit World Wide. We got it all. I'm trying to do this like some Black Wall Street shit. 'Cept this time its all Thug niggas, real niggas. No matter your color, religion or sex. If you a real nigga then you a Havenot rider.

RHH: I've heard your music. You seem to contradict yourself at times. I mean here you talk about death, its almost as if its an obsession. You dealing with hatred and violence in your music, yet you talk about a better future, about giving hope, about this utopia. What's that all about?

CM: First off, utopia is perfection, there is no such thing. The world can't be perfect. But we can get close. We need to make that change inside first. Better yourself and then better others. I don't think ill ever live to see that change but I do feel like I will help turn the wheels towards it. Tupac started it, I'm finna ride for it. As far as me contradicting my self, its like this playa. I'm a nigga. Niggas contradict themsleves. Shit we as human beings contradict ourselves. I don't make music, I put out my feelings. There aint a nigga alive that just thinks positive at all times. One day I feel like talking bout tricks, and bitches, and cowards, and blasting these motherfucking phonies. The next I may feel like showing love to my sisters, giving props to the real niggas, respecting my people. That's real. These rappers out here talking all that ra ra about they just gangster, they be shooting niggas and they pushing major weight. Come on partner, if that's true why the fuck you rapping? An average rapper makes about 20 g's a year. That's what you make working at a fucking McDonalds! So if you pushing major weight and you out here killing niggas on the daily and shit. Aint no reason for you to be rapping. Fuck out of here. I'm a real nigga I talk how I feel. How many niggas you know that talk about getting sexually abused as a kid? I did, because it happened to me. That don't make me no less of a man than the next nigga. Shit it make me realer partner. That's why motherfuckers feel me, because I don't give a fuck, I speak the real. If I feel like saying Fuck Bush, which I do, so Fuck You Bush!. You feel me. I'm the type of nigga you either love or you love to hate, but you can't say I'm wrong. Niggas got to start being real to each other. Respecting our sisters. Because there are real sisters. Game tight nigga.

RHH: What about this obsession with your death?

CM: Its more of a coming to grips with reality. Niggas don't wanna see me make it, they finna kill me. I mean why be afraid to die? Its promised, it starts the day your born. I may be a little exceptional because I want death. I wake up every morning hoping to die. Death is tranquility and freedom to a nigga like me. Cointelpro, Feds, Pigs, Haters, these square ass tricks are not finna let me live. So I want to make sure that when I go, I go immortal. Niggas remember my name for the coming centuries. I'm fucked up, I know this, but I'm also not happy, I want to leave. Therefore there is no fear of death in me. I invite it. Infact I think death is scared of taking a nigga like me (laughs).

RHH: That's deep. So I heard you want to try to bring back the codes of Thug Life?

CM: Yeah loc (?), me, Mopreme, all the real niggas we finna bring it back. Niggas done forgot that there were rules to this shit. That there is codes to this shit. Tupac along with Tulu and my home girl, queen Erica Ford came up with a list of codes of conducts for Thugs to follow world wide. Niggas forgot that. Niggas think Thug Life is a fucking fashion. This shit is real home boy. We ride or die partner. Niggas don't even know what thugs are. They think we bad, we rob, we steal. Naw fool. A thug is anybody who go against the odds. We wasn't meant to survive, but we did. Now we here, doing the damn thing! And they can't stand it! (Laughing) This Thug Life nigga we can't be stopped.

RHH: So these rules or codes as you say can when will we be able to see them?

CM: They already been out. But we finna bring them out again. Seperate the real from the phonies, enemies from the homies. Feel me. We gone have dudes giving them out on street corners, in my album, talk about them, feel me. Niggas need to unite. Stop killing each other. Pigs is the motherfucking enemy. If you got to kill, kill those motherfuckers.
There aint finna be no peace until we get some, remember,Pac even told niggas this. If

niggas is real then lets ride. Everytime they shoot one of us. We take 50 of them. These niggas will get the point real quick.
We not fucking around! Ride or motherfucking Die Nigga!

RHH: So how do you feel about the Hip Hop World as of now?

CM: Fuck the world. Whether hip hop or the other world. Hella phoney ass perpertrating ass niggas. Nothing but love for my real niggas though.
The real motherfuckers know where I'm coming from.

RHH: So the Tupac Birthday Bash was a beautiful event. Do you part take in other events like this?

CM: Ofcourse! Man we all about the community. That's what this Thug Life Havenotz thing about. That event was lovely. We did the damn thing. Erica Ford also put together a gang convention in New York. I was there for that. Had to represent. You know how much gang violence there is, we tryin to put an end to that. Shout outs to the real banging ass niggas out there. Also this thanksgiving we trying to put together a dinner for the homeless. The organization I'm with, Grass Roots Artist Movement, is also bringing affordable if not free health care to the community. We put together a free check up day for niggas and shit. Feel me anything to do with the community and streets, I'm down for it, I ride for it. That's what this Thug Life is about. Niggas got it twisted.

RHH: That's amazing my brother, you realy doing your thing. I know you have to move on, so are there any last words you wanna say?

CM: Yeah to my niggas. Nothing but love my niggas. Ride with your heart on your sleeve and death by your side riders. Lets do this Thug Style. Bring the real niggas back. This shit is all about the kids, the youth. Be real partner. Check out Dr. Mutulu Shakur's website. WWW.MUTULUSHAKUR.COM. Show him love. That's a real nigga. Put yourself up on this shit. Cointelpro, feds, pigs, all these cowards don't wanna see us make it. Its on us to unite and survive. Follow the code my niggas.

Much luv to my motherfucking road dogs and niggas Mopreme Shakur, buy that album, he one of the realest motherfuckers in the game. Thug life OG. Love my nigga. My nigga Treach, what's poppin souljah. Mutulu Shakur, you like a father, love you pops. The beautiful Nzingah Shakur, that's a queen. My sister Erica Ford, my nigga Profit doing the damn thing in Virginia.
Jona in Lake Town. Digital Underground, Money B and Shock G, what's popping my niggas, Blade, what up homey. Majesty, keep riding family. Mob Life Family, 730, SG, Hella Tight, Elijah. Thug Life Family, Big Syke, Macadoshis. Havenotz Family. 50 Niggaz Family. Kamel, J.R., MG, Ife, Wbai family, Burner,  My motherfucking home girl, my heart Troublesum, Division X, North Star, Majesty and Overthrow Family, Baron and Red Clay, Slik Da Relic, Neh and L James, Francis, Dead prez, Immortal Technique, Hassan Salaam, G.A.M.E. Family, Undersiege Family, Daddy, Boogie and Bump, The Lox, Styles, Jada, Sheek, Terror Squad Family, Outlaw Family, Shakur Family, Fatal and family, Yaasmyn Fula, Hitemup.com family, Stephen Dunn and Chris, Napolean and family, Jerzey Mob, Pee Wee Kirkland, E-40, Mac Mall, B. Legit, The Clique, Snoop Dogg, The Luniz, Newkleus aka Kold Hearted, Dj Fatal, 100.3 the beat family, Hot97 family, MTV Family, BET Family, New Child, My little brothers and sister, Sunniya, Akbar, and Haider. Mark Shrems and Driven Entertainment. All the west and east coast riders. All my banging ass niggas, Thug niggas, riders, and all my other homies holding it down.
These niggas with me now, my street niggas, I love you all. You made me, I'll never forget that. Just don't lose the faith. If I forgot you, my fault you know I love you. Thug In Peace to all the fallen soldiers. Tupac Amaru Shakur aka Makaveli the Don, I love you my nigga. We know you here riding with us in the spirit. Still representing big homey. Ride for you until the end.
Yakki Kadafi, I know you holding it down soldier. B.I.G, Big Pun, Aaliyah, Freaky Tah, Left Eye, Big L, Eazy E, Souljah Slim, Fred Hampton, all the fallen homies, we miss you and we continue to celebrate your lives and legacies. May Allah watch over you. To all the comrades in lock down, keep your head up. Mutulu Shakur, Sekou Odinga, Mumia, Herman Bell, Geronimo, Shyne, and everyone else. Keep riding, stay strong. See you when we free you. And my love to the queen Assatta Shakur and my Homey Ali Bey and the rest of the Panther family, Young Lord Family, Panama, everybody, much love.

Last but not least, you my nigga. Real Hip Hop, holding it down, keep it popping. Appreciate the love my nigga.
Oh and FUCK THE POLICE!
One Thug One Nation!...

RHH: Thank You Candyman. Its been a honor.

As I walk away from our interview, thinking about our conversation. I try to understand how it must feel to be in his shoes. The responsibilities of having to carry on such a legacy.

I feel his pain and misery and I realize there's nothing I can do to help him but support him. Because beneath those tattoos, jewelry, and clothes lies a young 21 year old child, who has given his life for the struggle. Who has sacrificed his self, everything and continues to do so for us. And we thought Angels didn't exist.

Now I realize just how deep this brother is. Tupac, Mutulu, Mopreme and life seems to have taught him so much. The knowledge, the pain, the hate, the love, the mistakes, the loss, the Thug, the aura of this brother is amazing. And just like everybody else who Tupac touched or was close, you can see his soul in Candyman.

As I look around me and see all the young thugs, gangsters, little kids, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, suit and tie workers, the 9 to 5 workers, drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, addicts, teachers, the homeless, and all other people regardless of race, color or creed. I see why they loved and felt Tupac so much. And I see how they love and feel Candyman so much. Because both these brothers have always been 'real'.
And in each and every person you see a part of them.

It makes me want to cry, be happy, and thankful to have him with us. And as the lyrics to his song keep repeating themselves in my head. And I pray, "Lord please don't take this brother away from us yet, let him live to achieve the greatness he is destined for.

"I've been wanting to die, itching to get killed, since my younger days.
No one lives forever any ways.
Death is tranquility, only way to set a nigga free.
So please understand my lifestyle, a born martyr for the streets.
Have mercy God! My niggaz forgive me..."

One Thug One Nation
Havenotz
Thug Life
50 Niggaz
Stiff Resistance
Candyman 187 (Sardar)

 

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StreetHop.com Presents Styles P and Hussein Fatal, live in concert October 21st
Posted by on Friday, September 24 2004

Hussein Fatal and Styles P from the Lox will be performing live at The Robert Treat Hotel in New Jersey on October 21st. The show is 21 and over and tickets are $30 at the door. For advance tickets please call 914-310-5289.

Fatal will be performing tracks from his current mixtape, which you can get here, as well as new tracks.

Click the poster for more details.

If you would like to book Hussein Fatal for a concert, please email me.

 

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2Pac Tribute on The B-Syde
Posted by on Thursday, September 23 2004

Johnny J and Napoleon appeared on 'The B-Syde Show' with Eric Cubiche and K-Sly on 100.3 The Beat, in Los Angeles. The show was done in tribute to Tupac on the day of his death anniversary, Monday the 13th. Much props to Eddie G on doing the radio edits for the show and shout outs to DJ Hitman and Dante for contributing, as well as DJ Fatal for recording it. Although DJ Fatal didn't do a tribute this time around, he spent his time organizing this session. so here is the audio of the interview for you guys to listen to! Crooked I also called in to appear on the tribute, but didn't make it in time.

Pictures of DJ Fatal with Johnny J and Napoleon:
Picture 1 | Picture 2

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Source: DJ Fatal

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2Pac: In the Studio
Posted by on Monday, September 20 2004

Black Market Publishing has begun research on the first ever study of 2PAC in the recording studio. Considered a study of his amazingly prolific artistic craft, this book will feature interviews with many of the producers who worked with the late rap icon to create the massive collection of living and post-humous material which has composed the 14 albums released by the rapper and his estate since 1991. Offering fans for the first time ever an intimate insight into 2Pac's recording methods, incredible work ethic, and cutting-edge, creative brilliance, '2PAC In the Studio' should prove to be a must-have for any of his fans, and for hip hop fans world-wide.

 

Source: Black Market

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Juice on UK Televison
Posted by on Saturday, September 18 2004

UK Digital Televison will be showing Juice on Tuesday the 21st on Digital Channel FX289 (Channel 289).

A review of the movie can be read below from Amazon.com:

Ernest R. Dickerson, made his directorial debut with Juice a story about four Harlem teens whose lives are changed when a store robbery goes wrong. The film has been likened to an urban The Wild Bunch, but it is far too artificial for that. With Dickerson's eye, Juice understandably looks great, but at the end of the day it is only a slightly better version of the heavily clichéd crime movies that have artificially dominated perceptions of black cinema in the U.S. in the '90s. Rap fans might enjoy seeing some familiar stars on board, including Queen Latifah and Tupac Shakur

Source: jasedwads

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Out on Bail next Tupac single?
Posted by on Saturday, September 18 2004

On the HighTower Productions website, a company who offer their services to Engineering and Production they listed that "Supa Dave West" worked on Pro Tools Editing for TUPAC  "Out On Bail" Feat. Yummy  (Single For Upcoming Album)  (2004)

A live version of Out On Bail performed by Tupac came out earlier this year on the "Source Awards DVD"

Please note that this information could have changed since it was last posted on the website and there has yet been no official word from Amaru on the album.

Source: High Tower Productions

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StreetHop.com & Thugtertainment Present – Hussein Fatal Live in New Jersey!
Posted by on Thursday, September 16 2004

Hussein Fatal will be performing in New Jersey on October 21st, the show is presented by StreetHop.com and Fatal’s record label, Thugtertainment which you can check out at Thugtertainment.com. Fatal will be performing his classic Outlaw hits, as well as new material off his mixtape, which you can purchase along with other Thugtertainment products at StreetHop.com or by clicking here.

Stay tuned to HitEmUp.com for more information about this and future shows!

If you would like to book Hussein Fatal for a concert, please email me.

 

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Letter Writing Campaign for Sekou Odinga, father of Yaki Kadafi
Posted by on Tuesday, September 14 2004

Sekou Odinga was a leader in the Black Panther Party and original member of the Panther 21, targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO to destroy the strong movement for equality and justice that was sweeping the nation in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Like hundreds of other activists who were assassinated, framed or incarcerated Sekou fled the u.s. and went to Algiers to work with Eldridge Cleaver during the infiltration of the Black Panther Party by the authorities and ensuring split of the East and West Coast factions of the party.  The Black Panther Party was a grassroots organization of young Black men and women dedicated to the empowerment of Black people.  While the Black Panthers advocated self-defense they never supported unprovoked, random, indiscriminate violence.

 

Sekou Odinga

 

Sekou has been incarcerated for over 23 years.  He is presently in the hole at Marion Federal Correctional Facility due to the prisons ongoing harassment of Muslim inmates.

 

Portions of Sekous’ speech while in Algiers in 1973 can be heard on the upcoming release of his son Yaki Kadafi posthumous CD release - SON RIZE.

 

The following are excerpts from the statement by Sekou about his son, Kadafi.  The full text will be available soon on the yakikadafi website.

 

In the name of Allah the Beneficient the Merciful!

Yafeu’s murder was a terrible blow to me.  One in which I still haven’t gotten over.  Most parents never expect that their child or children will die before them.

 

I have struggled all my adult life against oppression and repression of people.  One of the main reasons that motivated me to get involved in my peoples struggles, was a desire to help make the world safer and better for my and all children.  So when Yafeu was killed by a 16 year old black man-child I was really torn.

 

Kadafi was a wonderful, loving and creative rebel, taken way before he reached his awesome potential.  We his family still miss him tremendously and feel he or we haven’t yet received justice.

 

To the many friends and fans of Kadafi, I want to thank you for the love and admiration you have expressed and continue to express for him.  It has warmed our hearts and inspired us to do more to keep Yaki’s memory and music alive.  I personally have learned much more about who and what my son was from reading your words.  Thank you!  May Allah guide you and reign His Peace upon you.”

 

Sekou Mgobazi Abdullah Odinga

Proud father of Yafeu Akiyele Fula

A.K.A. Yaki Kadafi

 

It is no wonder that Kadafi was a warrior.  He comes from a family of warriors.  Long live the spirit of Kadafi.

 

Write to Sekou:

Sekou Odinga #05228-054

P.O. Box 1000

Marion, Illinois 62959

 

Free all Political Prisoners

 

 

HitEmUp.Com would encourage the fans of Kadafi to write to Sekou in support, praising either Sekou or his late son, Yaki Kadafi, who was murdered two months after the death of Tupac Shakur.

 

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MixEmUp Mixtape Vol. 1
Posted by on Monday, September 13 2004

In the event of the 8. anniversary of Tupac's death in Vegas, me and Stephen on behalf of HitEmUp.Com proudly presents the MixEmUp Mixtape volume 1. The mixtape has been compiled by Stephen and myself, and mirrors some of the best fan-made Tupac remixes released to this date. The tracklist is as follows (right click and "Save as" to download):

Front Cover

01. Intro (DJ Stix Remix)
02. Thugz Mansion (DJ Hitman Remix)
03. Better Dayz (LM45z Remix)
04. Until The End Of Time (DJ Fatal Remix)
05. Baby Don't Cry (DJ Rizzle Remix)
06. Runnin (King Dizzy Remix)
07. Letter 2 My Unborn (DJ Hitman Remix)
08. Thug In You (DJ Hitman Remix)
09. Lord Knows (DJ GhettoJiggy Remix)
10. Hail Mary (LM45z Remix)
11. Wherever U R (DJ Fatal Remix)
12. Smile (DJ Rizzle Remix)
13. Niggaz Nature (DJ Fatal Remix)
14. Me Against The World (King Dizzy Remix)
15. Homeboyz (DJ Hitman Remix)
16. Let's Fight (DJ Fatal Remix)
17. Thug Luv (King Dizzy Remix)
18. Thugz Mansion (LM45z Remix)
19. Ghetto Star (DJ Dant Remix)

I would like to, on the behalf of HitEmUp.Com, thank the following for their contribution: DJ Fatal, DJ Hitman, DJ Dant, Lyrical Militant aka. LM45z from the FolkLore family, Jigz (for both his artistic contribution as well as hosting), Jade Foxx, DJ Stix, King Dizzy Fizzy, Niamaru (for cover artwork), and all the people who appreciate this mixtape.

DJ One also released a Tupac mixtape online today. Visit our messageboard (sub-category "Mix Em Up") to download his album.

Enjoy!

 

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Mutulu Shakur Letter Writing Campaign
Posted by on Monday, September 13 2004

September 7-13 were emotional last 1996 days not only for Tupac's global fans and supporters but obviously for his friends and family too. 'Pac was only 16 years old the last time his stepfather Dr. Mutulu "Doc" Shakur was free, 2004 marking the 17th year of his incarceration for Panther activities.

Although Quincy Jones and his son QD3 conducted an extensive 2001 interview with Mutulu behind the walls to bring his messages to both their family's fans for Makaveli's "Thug Angel" film/album, since Tupac's passing 8 years ago Dr. Shakur has never had the opportunity to receive mass public greetings from 'Pac supporters in person at tribute concerts, movie screenings or lecture readings like many of Makaveli's former recording partners and current literary scholars regularly enjoy.

HitEmUp.com and Lyrical Knockout Entertainment want to show respect where it's deserved and need your help to complete the largest to date letter writing campaign to Dr. Mutulu Shakur, from the current remaining days of what's internationally known as 'Tupac Dedication Week' all the way to the September 29th Oakland/Toronto launch date of Deejay Ra's 2nd annual 'Black Panther History Month' with the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation.

It would mean a great deal to Dr. Shakur to hear from members of "the Hip-Hop generation" how his son Tupac changed your life, what your favourite 'Pac song/album/movie/poem is, or just that you appreciate his sacrifices as one of the leaders in the American civil rights movement.

If you'd like to mail Mutulu a card for his recent August 8th birthday or write him a personal letter you can do so at the following address:

Dr. Mutulu Shakur #83205-012  
601 McDonough Blvd. SE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30315, USA


And be sure to visit MutuluShakur.com for Doc's writings, interviews and case updates.

Mutulu Shakur

"Tupac Amaru's transition has left us reeling for adjustment. We loved his stay here, for his life made our lives a process of dynamic introspection. His humor and love was infectiously unique, as well as the force of his rebellion. We all miss him. Therefore, let us continue to do justice to his dream and life's work in the arts, while we enjoy the comfort he gives us with his spirit as we continue our journey."

-Dr. Mutulu Shakur, [1996] Phone Call From Maximum Penitentiary

 

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Gone but never forgotten, Rest In Peace Tupac!
Posted by on Monday, September 13 2004

Today marks the eighth anniversary of Tupac’s death on September 13th, 1996.

Tupac died after being shot in Las Vegas on September 7th. Since his still unsolved murder we have seen more material released then during his life and more then most people can accomplish in a life time.

His fans world wide are still mourning his loss, and he will continue to touch the heart and mind of fans until the end of time.

We miss you ‘Pac. Rest In Peace and thank you for everything.

 

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Mopreme Shakur back recording at Can Am studios
Posted by on Sunday, September 12 2004
Mopreme Shakur has been busy working on his solo album. Last week Mopreme returned to California's Can-Am studios for the first time since 1996. The last time Mopreme had been to Can-Am was with his brother, 2Pac. Mopreme has 8 songs already recorded for his album. Mopreme's solo album will be released early next year on Mob Life Records.

Source: Ca$hville, Mob Life Records

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100.3 The Beat broadcasts Tupac tribute
Posted by on Sunday, September 12 2004
100.3 The Beat recently broadcasted their Tupac tribute for the eight year anniversary of his death. They interviewed rappers and producers such as DJ Quik, E-40, Johnny "J", Kurupt, Napoleon and Nelly. They also played the unreleased song "R U Still Down? (Part II)."

Click here to download the tribute

 

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The Source article on Tupac
Posted by on Saturday, September 11 2004

Eight years after Tupac Amaru Shakur's cremated ashes were spread across a private Los Angeles garden, the world continues to pick at his remains.

Whether it's an unwavering passion for his music or an unwillingness to believe that Tupac was a mere mortal, many have yet to come to grips with his death.

And even after rap music has gone through a half-generation of Tupac wanna-bes, the void created by his passing has yet to be filled.

EIGHT YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH, THE MUSIC INDUSTRY HAS YET TO LET GO OF TUPAC SHAKUR- WORDS BY ROB "BIKO" BAKER

From clothing lines to books, Pac's images are everywhere. And the closer that Tupac comes to reaching saint-like status, the more individuals are willing to evoke his name for their own personal benefit.

Many of his closest associates, including his own personal security guard, have attempted to make a quick buck selling "Tupac and Me" projects. Much like Elvis before him, America's infatuation with the slain rapper has created a seemingly never-ending demand for Pac-related products and paraphernalia.

But in Hip-Hop music, a distant respect was maintained for several years. Other than Mobb Deep's ill-timed response track "Drop A Gem On 'Em", most rappers, East and West, were unwilling to mention Pac's name. But by 1999, things had changed.

Nas was one of the first of Pac's former adversaries to publicly address the slain rapper on I Am's "We Will Survive." Jay-Z was next, openly proclaiming to the world that he wanted the ladies to love him "long time like Tupac's soul." Since then, both battle-tested lyricists have repeatedly returned to the Tupac alter. In 2003, Nas popped up on "Thug's Mansion" remix, and later that year Hova and Beyonce re-made Pac's classic, "Me and My Girlfriend." for " '03 Bonnie and Clyde."

With former foes having fully excused themselves of any former ill will, a whole new batch of MCs have attempted to bottle Pac's ride-or-die attitude and repackage it for the masses, as everyone from Ja-Rule to DMX and even Cam'Ron have ripped a bar or two from the deceased lyricist.

But perhaps no Pac mash-ups is more controversial than Eminem-produced "Runnin' [Dying to Live]" from this year's Tupac: Resurrection soundtrack. Brought to you via the magic of digital technology, "Runnin" pairs Tupac with his ally-turned-nemesis the Notorious BIG. While die-hard fans raised an eyebrow to the strange pairing, the song quickly became one of 2004's biggest crossover smashes.

To his long-time road dog Treach, Pac's ubiquity has become a double-edged sword for the current generation of Thug apostles. "The hood still loves Pac because he stands for the ability to survive and make it through the most fucked up situations." says Treach, who often slips into the present tense, when talking about his deceased friend. "But it's like a lot of mu'fuckas ain't listening to Pac's jewels. Remember he said, "I ain't no killer but don't push me.' But now everyone is a killer and no ones' explaining why.

Since his death, Tupac has become the prototype MC for the record execs. From the clean-shaven baldhead to the crsiply pressed wife beaters, A&Rs have made a living casting MCs in the Tupac Shakur mold. Yet, while the traces of his influence are clearly visible throughout Hip-Hop culture, very few of his clones have done more than attempt to duplicate Pac's gangsta aesthetic and/or his fiery rhetoric.

Current rap king 50 Cent is perhaps the most obvious example of this. Like Pac before him. Dr. Dre's current protege's background is marked by a broken family, drug abuse and gun shot wounds. Yet as much as he yearns for rap fans to love him "like they love Pac." 50 Cent has resisted pushing his musical content beyond the live-fast-and-die-young mentality.

The same goes for 50's G-Unit homeboys Lloyd Banks and Young Buck. While both MCs proclaim their love for the slain soldier, they, like most rappers out today, are either unwilling or unprepared to continue Pac's new-age urban evangelism.

"If we got political, we'd probably be assassinated." Lloyd Banks told Allhiphop.com. "And that's just being real with you. I have no intentions of being political. My thing is bettering myself and things for my [family]."

However, whether the current crop of rappers realize it or not, it was Pac's lyrical selflessness coupled with his 'hood-first mentality that inspired young Gs around the world.

But many people like Treach aren't so quick to give up on Pac's vision of a nation of united thugs. Still dominating the charts years after his death, fans are still moved by Pac's passion and ability to outline the trials and triumphs of thug life in rhyme form.
"The next new nigga, not the next new rapper trying to be the next Pac, will be able to pick up right where Pac left off," says Treach, "because the forces that Pac was fighting are still here."

Make sure you go out and get your copy, it's a pretty good article.

 

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Tupac Resurrection UK Release Date
Posted by on Saturday, September 11 2004
After being out in the US for quite some time, "Tupac: Resurrection" will finally see an official UK release on the 13th of September. For everyone of you UK people who haven't picked it up yet, make sure you go out and get your copy now. Expect a release in the rest of the EU following the UK release.

Source: comMUNITY

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100.3 The Beat L.A. Death Anniversary Tribute
Posted by on Saturday, September 11 2004

If you're in L.A., tune in to 100.3 The Beat's show "Real Talk" hosted by The Poetess (who also did a tribute on her show last year) at 7:15AM on Sunday the 12th for a Tupac death anniversary tribute show. Johnny J and Napoleon is responsible for the show which will premier one or two unheard Tupac songs. There might also be another tribute on the B-Syde Show on Monday the 13th between 7PM and 10PM, but that is not yet finalized. Make sure you tune in, 100.3 The Beat has done some pretty cool tributes in the past.

Source: DJ Fatal

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Ask Kadafis Mom a question
Posted by on Friday, September 10 2004
The Mother of Outlaw Yaki Kadafi should hopefully be on the forum tonight answering your questions. To post a message for her please click here remember to please keep the questions respectable.

 

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Makaveli Branded hosts Tupac Tribute Weekend at the Bay
Posted by on Tuesday, September 7 2004

Makaveli Branded is hosting a Tupac Tribute Weekend in San Francisco this weekend, September 11th and 12th. The weekend will featured an End Of Summer Splay BBQ & Pool Party at the Wild Card on Saturday, and a party at the Paradise Lounge on Sunday.

Special guests over the weekend will include Sly Boogie, The Clipse, The Game, Scarface, E-40 and more. Click below for the flyers and more information.

Tribute Weekend Flyer Front

Tribute Weekend Flyer Back

Pool Party Flyer Front

Pool Party Flyer Back

 

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Eight years ago today: Tupac shot in Las Vegas
Posted by on Tuesday, September 7 2004
Exactly eight years ago today, Tupac was shot after leaving the Mike Tyson/Bruce Seldon fight in Las Vegas in Suge Knight's car. Tupac was shot four times in the chest by an assailant in a white Cadillac. 

'Pac was rushed to University Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, including the removal of his right lung.

Unfortunately he died six days later on September 13th

 

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The making of All Eyez On Me
Posted by on Friday, September 3 2004
The September issue of XXL magazine contains a featured story on the making of Tupac's 9X platinum double disc, All Eyez On Me. Thanks to XxNastyNasQBxX on forum.hitemup.com for taking the time to type out a large part of it, which can be read below:

"Ambitionz Az A Ridah"
Produced by Daz Dillinger


Dave Aron: That's the first song I ever did with Tupac. The day he got out of jail, he didn't go to the clubs. He didn't go try to meet women. He went straight to the studio like he was on a mission, and he recorded "Ambitionz Az A Ridah" and "I Ain't Mad At Cha." Tupac came in, and he was fresh out of jail. I seen them give him his Death Row medallion that same night. And then he came right in. He was ready to go. He was very hyped, very focused, a lot of energy - mad energy. And you could tell he was really one a mission. He really had a real vision of what was going on, and he wanted to get a lot done in that short amount of time.

Daz Dillinger: The idea came from the me sampling Pee Wee Herman. So if you listen to Pee Wee Herman [the Champs' "Tequila"], I just put the gangsta twist on it. I gave it to 'Pac. Came back to the studio, and it was done.

Kurupt: First day he came home, "Ambitionz Az A Ridah" - that was the first record that he did. Suge brought him in. The word went through the office that 'Pac was home. Everybody [who were] at the studio at that time were up there. I came a little bit later, and when I came, Daz already had the beat started. 'Pac wasn't in the studio for any more than 45 minutes before he had his first verse done and laid. That fast. He didn't even wanna chill; all he wanted to do was get on the mic. Whatever day he landed in Los Angeles, two hours after he landed, he had his first verse laid.


"All About U"
Featuring Dru Down, Hussein Fatal, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Yaki Kadafi
Produced by Johnny "J" and Tupac


Dru Down: It was me, 'Pac, Syke, Rage and a couple of Outlawz in the studio. We always had bitches in the studio. The only thing crazy was, the Outlawz niggas - Fatal Hussein and Yafeu Fula - were gonna get on the track. It was like an interlude at the end. I did the beginning [uncredited ad-lib-bing]: They were gonna do something at the end. Then them muthafuckas did something where they fucked up. They couldn't get it right. They were too high and too drunk. They were messing up. They were in the microphone booth, and they were fucking up, and 'Pac said, "Y'all gotta get the fuck up out of there. I don't know what the fuck y'all are doing." They was just playing around. They were taking too long, wasting time. They laughed their ass up in there and all the way out.

Johnny "J": That was one of the most hilarious records I've ever done with Tupac... I used Cameo's old school cut [1986 single, "Candy"]. Nate Dogg, Snoop, everybody sitting around on speakers, doing their thing. Next thing I know [Nate Dogg sings]: "Every other city we go. Every other video..." I'm like, "Nate, I know you gotta be fucking playing." They're like, "Nah, man. We're dead serious. That's the hook - we're talking about video hoes."

Nate Dogg: It was me, him and Snoop, and we were talking about all the girls that we had seen before. The whole thing came from a video shoot. We were at a video shoot, and it was so funny how, if it wasn't Snoop that knew the girl, Tupac knew her, or I knew her. It's like, "Damn, everywhere we go, we see the same girls." And that's how the song came about. It was the same as it always is: A little liquor, a little weed, we aiight. 'Pac was one-taking his verses. He did that a lot. We were having so much fun, the song just came out.


"Skandalouz"
Featuring Nate Dogg
Produced by Daz Dillinger


Nate Dogg: That song was done in 10 minutes. The beat was always already made. We don't go in the studio and wait on nobody to make a beat. We'd never stay in there long enough. [Working with 'Pac was] like working with your little brother. He was a little wild muthafucka, full of life. He got an opportunity and ran with it. 'Cause he didn't want to be on Death Row Records. And I think he had a three or four... I'm not sure what kind of album dealk he had. But he wanted to get off, though. So he pushed out at least two to three songs a day.


"Got My Mind Made Up"
Featuring Daz Dillinger, Inspectah Deck, Kurupt, Method Man and Redman
Produced by Daz Dillinger


Daz Dillinger: We did that song at my house. Kurupt had brough Method Man and Redman over to my house. And Inspectah Deck was on the song too. He was at the end - "I.N.S., the rebel..." Just his voice. They had taken his voice. They had taken his verse out and kept the background 'cause it sounded good. It wasn't originally Tupac's song. I had transferred it at Dr. Dre's house and had left it out there. [Tupac was] flossing like, "I got a beat with Method man, Redman. Dre made it." That's what Dr. Dre told 2pac. That's how the whole fued started between Dre and 'Pac. 'Cause I happened to be walking by the studio like, "That's my beat. I did that." Tupac [was] like, "That's your stuff?" From that situation, that's when he and Dre started fueding. Dr. Dre was taking credit and wasn't doing nothing, wasn't coming around.

Kurupt: The original record was me, Rage, Redman, Method Man and Daz. I told Daz, "Man, this is the one, we need to drop this, we need to put this on Dogg Food." 'Cause we did it when we was making Dogg Food. When 'Pac came home, we put it up for 'Pac, like "You want this record?" 'Pac was like "Hell, yeah, I want that record!" And he dropped his verse where Rage's was, 'cause Rage said she'd put her verse on something else, and that's how that record made it on 'Pac's album. Me, Method Man and Redman and Daz and Rage - that was the original record, and Inspectah Deck was on it at the end. That's him you hear at the end: "Wish... this...bliss..." That's inspectah Deck. I went and picked up Red and Meth and Deck personally and took them to Daz's house. We knocked the record off in about three, four hours. It was a done deal, and then we... we didn't use it, 'cause Daz wasn't feeling like mixing it and doing all that. We end up taking it to 'Pac when 'Pac came 'cause Suge was like, "When it's time to work on a project, everybody needs to give everything to whoever's project it is."


"How Do You Want It"
Featuring K-Ci and JoJo
Produced by Johnny J


Dave Aron: Danny Boy was originally on the hook. I already had it mixed. And at the last minute. 'Pac wanted to put K-Ci and JoJo on it. Maybe that was a decision between him and Suge and whatever, I don't know.

K-Ci: One night we were sitting in the crib, and Suge Knight gave me a call, 'cause we real good friends with Death Row family and everything. They asked us would we like to do a song with 'Pac, and we were like, "Hell yeah, why not?" That's our boy. So we got in the studio that same night, actually, that we got the phone call. Man, we were just tripping in the studio, having fun. If y'all read between the lines, y'all know what we were doing up there. [We] had the girlies up in there, doing our thing. The song came out blazing. The funny part was at first, when 'Pac was trying to sing it, trying to teach us how it goes. I was like, "I see where you're trying to go, 'Pac, but it's not sounding too good." Anyway, then we heard him doing his rhyme, and we're like, "Man, we got to rip this, because he came strong."


"2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
Featuring Snoop Dogg
Produced by Daz Dillinger


Dave Aron: We were in the studio and 'Pac was there, and Snoop was in there. In walks Big Suge, and this was before they did "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted." He's so big, and he walks up. Snoop's kinda tall, but he was very skinny. He grabs 'Pac with one arm, and he grabs Snoop with the other and pulls them both together, almost squeezing them into one. He's like, "I think you guys oughta do a song together. I think that'd be great." That was awesome to see how big he was, and he put 'em both together llike that. And they ended up doing that song.

Daz Dillinger: 'Pac was going to court. Snoop was going to court. There was a lot of chemistry between them.

Rick Clifford: 'Pac was very adamant that the album was spontaneous. Everything that you hear, everybody got one take. They couldn't go back and fix anything. 'Pac said that number one, hip-hop is different from R&B. If a guy can't get out and spit eight to 16 bars, he's not ready yet. Then he said he loves the first take because there's a certain feel to it. He said if people go back and try and fix it, they would start thinking about it, they would lose the feel, they would mess it up. So the only one who refused to get out there like that was Snoop. Snoop said he'd come back tomorrow and do it. I think Snoop went home and wrote his stuff, learned his stuff, came in and knocked it off, first take. All Snoop said was, "Wait a minute. You ain't going to put me out on one take. I'll come back and do it tomorrow"


"No More Pain"
Produced by DeVante Swing


Dave Aron: I was at the studio at 8 late - 10, 11 p.m. At 3 a.m. DeVante showed up by himself. He wanted to lay a few more parts before they mixed it. It was a very sparse track. But the keyboard parts he put in were very eerie and weird sounding. He was very quiet that night. Very focused. It was interesting to watch him work. He finished about five or six in the morning and said, "I want to mix this now." We mixed it that same night. It was a long night


"Heartz Of Men"
Produced by DJ Quik


DJ Quik: It's crazy. A lot of the credits got fucked up back then. It was real bad businesss going on up there sometimes, and if you didn't go into the office with Roy Tesfay [Suge Knight's assistant] and them and you do your credits, you got screwed. I got fucked. I did a lot of remixing on that record, and overdubbing and mixing [that I wasn't credited for]. I made a lot of those records sound a lot better than they did when they came into the studio, and it a real small amount of time. In two days, I remixed like 12 songs.

But for the most part "Heartz Of Men" was the only one that made it on the album that i produced by myself. Tupac was venting. He was vexed about something he wanted to speak about and my job as the producer is to lay down the musical bed so he can be most comfortable getting that shit out of his system. And I think that's what we accomplished. A driving, angry beat to match his driving, angry delivery.

Pac was a consummate artist. 'Pac would really think first before he wrote. He would become a part of the song. Almost as if he knew the shit would last forever. He was that meticulous about the way he wrote to certain tracks. My thing with that record was that, as tight as Tupac was - he's legendary - I still had to be the producer and check what I didn't like and how we could make that record near perfect, if we couldn't make it perfect. I had to be stern with him one some things, but for the most part, it was like he was a ghost. It was like, "You're not supposed to be here." He was there in the flesh.

We'd get into it every now and then. He'd be like, "Fuck Quik, why you gotta be so hard on me with the backgrounds?" I'm like. "If you make them perfect, they'll always be perfect. But if you just slouch, they're gonna suck forever."


"Life Goes On"
Produced by Johnny "J"


Dru Down: That was more on the serious tip. When they got serious about something, there wasn't too many people up in the studio. When a nigga wanna really be serious, 'Pac just dumped out all the weed on the mixing board - about four ounces of smoke - and was writing. And niggas had to be quiet. It was on the real low, quiet tip. That was a serious time.

Johnny "J": We had people in sessions you want to call them street guys or hardcore, they were deep into their thing and they broke down in tears. I can't believe I saw that. [That record] just had so many people emotional.


"Only God Can Judge Me"
Featuring Rappin' 4-Tay
Produced by Doug Rasheed and Harold Scrap Freddie


Dave Aron: I thought that was pretty introspective. Pretty straightforward. [Doug Rasheed's] beats weren't that complex. They usually were comprised of a few loops and some percussion and a good solid drumbeat. I recorded Rappin' 4-Tay's vocals for that. He's a fun guy. He had his little pimp status going on. He really fit the Oakland mold.


"Tradin War Stories"
Featuring C-BO, E.D.I., Kastro, Napoleon and Storm
Produced by Mike Morsley and Rick Rock


Napoleon: That song was personal for me. When I was three years old, I witnessed my mother and father get murdered in front of me. I got shot in the foot. So on that song, I kinda touched up on that. I was saying, "Brothers wanna talk about war stories, I seen my first war story at the age of three." 'Pac already knew what happened to my parents, so he was excited that I touched on it. He knew that it was real. When 'Pac came and got me from the hood, he seen that I was going through it at an early age. I think that was one of the reasons he embraced me - not that he felt sorry for me - but 'Pac had a good heart. He saw this brother lost his parents and said, "I feel it's obligatory to help him out."

Rick Rock: I don't know where the fuck I got the sample from. Dionne Warwick or something. When I ended up doing it with 'Pac, I told him it was "It's A Man's World." And it got cleared under that, but I don't know who it was. I know I didn't get it from James Brown. I got it from somewhere else, but it sounds like, "A Man's World." I couldn't remember, 'cause I used to do beats and I didn't keep my samples. I just had all my shit on a disk. And when I came to California from Alabama, I used to carry a bag full of disks.


"California Love [RMX]"
Featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
Produced by Dr. Dre


Tommy Daugherty: Fuck it, I can say it: Dre really didn't want nothing to do with that record. He didn't like it at all that Tupac came to Death Row, which I thought was kind of interesting, 'cause I remember he said, "That's it, I'm done with Death Row now that Tupac is here." I was like, "What the fuck!?" I mean, if you look at that album, he didn't do shit on All Eyez On Me except for "California Love," which basically was, ugh, that was going to be his single for Aftermath, right? And Suge heard that shit and said, "Fuck it," and rushed up to Dre's house and made him put Tupac on there. So basically he lost his first single for Aftermath, and it ended up being the first single for Tupac. Because the original version of that is three verses with Dre rapping on it. The only person who's got that original version is DJ Jam, Snoop's DJ. So basically Suge was like, "Fuck it, we're putting Tupac on that shit, and this is going to be the single off the record." That shit was dope. Suge ain't no dummy.


"I Ain't Mad At Cha"
Featuring Danny Boy
Produced by Daz Dillinger


Kurupt: We knew when that was done, it was over. Oh yeah, 'Pac heard the beat and flipped out. And basically he was just like, "Man, this is it. "We sat and we drank and then Daz was just operating on the record, and when 'Pac was in there working, he wasn't with the distractions. It was more or less all, "Let's knock this out, let's knock this out, let's knock this out." I mean, he'd get mad at the engineers for moving too slow. That was his thing. He'd be on top of them like that. You know, "Come on, man, what the fuck? This ain't too God damn hard. All you have to do is press fuckin'; 'Record.' Press fuckin' 'Record.' Now!"


"What'z Ya Phone #"
Featuring Danny Boy
Produced by Johnny "J" and Tupac


Danny Boy: 'Pac was a walking legend, and I don't even know if he knew it. There were women coming through all the time, like in any studio. You a guy, you not married, you living that life. You have all the things that the industry provides for you. They're there as frequently as you like. [The phone call], that was real. Whatever you heard on there was the real thing. ['Pac got calls like that] all the time. That's just us clowning in the studio. We put it on speakerphone and held a mic up to it, getting it going... [There's no credit for the girl because] she probably didn't want her mama hearing her talk like that. She was one of those girls from around the way.

Dave Aron: On that song, the front desk girl came and did that coversation with Tupac over the phone. I actually mic'd the telephone - a little speakerphone that they had - and they had that coversation between them. That was a little different. They were very creative. When they came up with an idea, they would want to do it and I could facilitate it. That phone conversation was definitely a one-take thing as well. They just did that straight from the top. That's how he liked to do it-very spontaneous.

Johnny "J": That's probably one of the most explicit records I've ever done. Definitely a dirty record. Sexual, sexual, sexual.


"Shorty Wanna Be A Thug"
Produced by Johnny "J"


Johnny "J": It was kinda smooth that day, a laid-back session. 'Pac started thinking about how these kids think. He was like, "Little homies just want to be a thug." He just put that title up there, and the subject just jumped off. It gave Napoleon a vibe of making him think it was about him. I kinda looked at it the same way. It was as if he was talking about Napoleon. He saw his parents murdered in front of him. Napoleon had a hard upbringing. He was going through it. It was like a therapeutic vibe. It had Tupac thinking for a minute.


"Holla At Me"
Featuring Jewell
Produced by Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin


Dave Aron: I have great memories of staying up all night with Bobcat. Bobcat had a track that was kinda sparse. Before I mixed it, he wanted to lay a few parts. He wound up laying a whole lot of parts, and we stayed up all night and ended up mixing it 'till about three in the morning.


"Wonda Why They Call U Bytch"
Featuring Michel'le
Produced by Johnny "J" and Tupac


Carlos Warlick: 'Pac wrote that song with Faith Evans, and actually we recorded it with Faith singing the whole hook. Faith wrote that whole hook and all the parts. But then when it came time to put the album out, they couldn't get the clearances - the whole Bad Boy thing. They ended up putting Michel'le on it. Michel'le basically copied all the harmonies and everything that Faith had done. It was featuring Faith. They wrote it one night in the studio. They kind of both came up with the concept, and 'Pac then wrote his vocals, and Faith basically came up with all the harmony and created all the background parts. So it basically was not about Faith.

Dave Aron: That's about Faith Evans. He was definitely into that whole thing, the Biggie rivalry with Faith. He'd get hyped up a lot.

Johnny "J": We went through quite a few people on the hook. Faith Evans, I had her on there at first. It was going through a little political mode at the time, you know, the Death Row/Bad Boy thing was going. She was there with me and 'Pac and my wife - all of us hanging out in the studio. For me to see her over there, I was in shock. I was like, "Wait a minute, that's Biggie's wife, dude." I had a a Budweiser with her and said, "Forget it, man" I stopped thinking about it. I drop the track to "Wonda Why They Call U Bytch," [and] Faith gets in there - I'm not going to lie - she sounds beautiful on the record. Because of politics, I had to take her off. Suge was like, "'J', you know we gotta take Faith off."

Rick Clifford: 'Pac comes walking in, there's a big smile on his face. This girl comes walking in behind him, She looked like she had a rough night. Once again, all the kids, they're all up in my ear. "Faith...?" And I'm like, "Ahm, that's what started all this bullshit." It hadn't hit me. I was kinda naive on the whole thing.


"When We Ride"
Featuring Outlawz
Produced by DJ Pooh


Big Syke: When he gave everybody their names, we were in Clinton, in the penitentairy. We went to visit him, and he gave everybody their names. When he named himself Makaveli, he named E.D.I., Kastro, Napoleon - he gave Fatal Hussein, Yaki Kadafi, Mopreme...

DJ Pooh: We were over at Can-Am Studios working on a bunch of material. It was me, Soopafly, Daz, all the producers - we're just sitting there working out tracks. Tupac, Dre and Snoop Dogg - all the artists were going through the studio checking out tracks and recording songs. It was like a work machine. It was one of the best scenarios any record company would want to see. All these powerful people in the studio working together. And Tupac also brought along his crew. Guys always want to open the door for cats that's coming behind them. He was opening up the door for the Thug Life cats then. I had a track that 'Pac came in and was like, "Whoa, what the fuck is this?" I was just twisting it together. He was like, "This is us! We doing it! We're going in the other room. When we finish up over there, we'll be over here tonight." I said, "Okay." Later on, I guess early in the morning, three or four in the morning, he stepped into the studio and said, "Put that track back up!" I put the track back up, and he instantly was like, "This is the one that we doing with the group - we gonna ride on this one and ride the track." "When We Ride." He came up with the hook right there and just laid the hook down. He had all the guys come in one by one and just kick it off. It was incredible, man. The song was done in a couple hours. In one night everybody felt like they just wanted to take a crack at it - just jump on it, go spit. So many different flavors and styles - it was an incredible opportunity.

E.D.I.: That's the one and only track that has all seven members - all nine of us, really - on some Wu-Tang shit. That was just over version of whatever Wu-Tang were doing at the time. 'Pac was out of jail and on some "rider" shit. That was really a word that [he used] when he got out of jail. Suge and them used to say it a lot - all the niggas from Suge's hood. 'Pac just adopted that.

Kastro: Everybody got eight bars. We just basically had the concept; we were introducing our aliases and shit like that. That was right around the era when they had the Wu-Gambinos.

Napoleon: I was listening to rap music the other day, and it seems everybody's song seems to say "ride or die" and talking something about a "rider" in it. Half of these brothers don't know what it is, they don't even know where the concept came from. It was something Tupac got from the Black Panthers. It was a thing during the time of the Black Panthers, where they used to say "ride or die." If you got that weapon on you and you get pulled over by the police, you gotta ride or die, you gotta really use it. So 'Pac took it and put it in hip-hop form. A lot of people running around saying they a rider, but they don't even know what it's about. It's just a fad they jumped on.


"Ratha Be Ya Nigga"
Featuring Richie Rich
Produced by Doug Rasheed


Richie Rich: Tupac called me and told me to bring some Bay Area niggas to put on the album. As many people from the Bay. Everybody were in this one big studio. Tupac comes at me like, "I want us to do a song about bitches. When you want to be down for them, but not be there... Man, you know." He finished his verse in six minutes. He came over to me, and I was still writing. He laid his verse then wrote his second verse. When I spit the verse, he said "That's why I fuck with you. You know exactly what the fuck I'm talking about."


"All Eyez On Me"
Featuring Big Syke
Produced by Johnny "J"


Big Syke: 'Pac was going on, "If you don't have no lyrics by the time I finish doing this first verse, your ass ain't on the song." He'd finish it. It was a test anytime he picked up the pen. It was like, "Nigga, on your mark, get set, go! And you better have some cutting shit."

Johnny "J": That was the very first track I laid when we got together at Death Row. When he just got out of jail, just got released, two days later he's like, "'J', get to the studio, I'm with Death Row now." I assumed it was a joke, somebody perpetrating Tupac. I'm like "Hell no - 'Pac is locked up!" He's like "J, I'm out" I walk in, 15 minutes into the session, the first beat i put in the drum machine is "All Eyez On Me." I wasn't going to show him the track, honestly. I was like, "This track? Nah, it's not finished. It's imcomplete." My wife says, "Hey, it's a dope beat!" So I just pop it in, titles just come right off his fuckin' head.


"Run Tha Streetz"
Featuring Michel'le, Napoleon and Storm
Produced by Johnny "J" and Tupac


Dave Aron: That's what was great about working on the album. You got to work with so many people. Who didn't grow up listening to that "No More Lies" song? And then you work with Michel'le and you hear the little voice, and it's true. The little voice is little, and then she sings, and it's just so big, and she's such a little girl. And she's so sweet.

 

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Baby Vox has been sued to the American Federal Court of Justice by Amaru
Posted by on Thursday, September 2 2004

Amaru Entertainment has sued Baby Vox and Trinity Home Entertainment, who supplied Baby Vox with Tupac’s music to the LA Federal Court of Justice, suing for compensation, arguing that they invaded the rights of the music.

Baby Vox has included Tupac’s voice and a DVD of Tupac in the 7th album they released last spring.

Amaru entertainment has also applied for a provisional disposition to ban the selling and marketing within America. The court of justice submissions office has stated that “Baby Vox and their company DR Music has used Tupac’s music, as well as video clips and the trademark 2PAC without permission to market their album.”

Amaru Entertainment states “We have never allowed Baby Vox to use Tupac’s music and video clips. We notified them to stop the use when we found out last April, but Baby Vox denied,” and stated their reason of sue. Laywer Brenda Take states “Through the provisional disposition submission, we stated our position thoroughly. The sue begins now.”

About this, Baby Vox’s company states “We have made a contract with Trinity Entertainment who had the rights to Tupac’s Music Video.” And “If the provisional disposition is accepted, we will appeal suit.”

Source: BBVox

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