First principle: Respect myself! Find my relief, regenerate my headpiece/Don't have to squawk what you talk, I walk places you never been/True life drama you and your seeds be rememberin/You studyin my moves? I know I make it look easy/Your Highness, never sleazy, like Canola, keep it greasy and thick with intelligence/Brain cells swell like the elephants/My future is my focus; my past is less relevant! Excerpt from "Use What You Got"
I asked DJ Mr. Walt, Terri Berrie, DJ Evil Dee, Krazy DJ Bazarro and DJ Snatch1 who were their favorite MC's and producers... Let me rephrase that: Who were their personal Mount Rushmore of male and female MCs and producers. Now when I asked this question of seasoned producer/DJs, they added criteria on which I did not ask for. But it made for an interesting discussion that took up at least three hours of the Mix Master Weekend's second day.
I had my rhyme legal pad with me and I asked, out of the clear blue, who Terri and Evil Dee's top four MC's were. We were drinking a nice infusion of fruit and spirits I concocted.
February 1st to your left and February 15th to your right...
Walt had been downstairs for a minute, Krazy DJ Bazarro was just finishing his set and DJ Snatch1 was getting ready to start his set to close out Saturday, so I was initially asking Walt, Terry and Evil. While being given the reasons for their choices, I asked Bazarro for his top 4 and debates started based on who was more well known, who put out the most music, who's been doing music longer and what hits came from how many albums various MC's and producers made.
I cannot explain the fun I had listening and adding my $.07 to debates between Terri, Walt, Evil & Bazarro regarding our choices for we, individually, believed would be on our personal Mount Rushmore of MCs and producers. It's a personal listing but everybody had something to say about everybody's choices. It was amazing but insightful. I learned a lot from all four of them because they gave valid reasons for their decisions. Some choices changed for logical reasons and some were changed due to pressure, Walt and Bazarro, but it was all in fun and I agree with everyone's list... because it's personal and the debates made sense. I added on a few more categories but they were eliminated due to time constraints. We would have been at BeatMinerz Radio all night and it was hella cold and heads had to go home, eventually.
I started off with top 4 MC's which lead to top 4 producers because the discussion started to dwell on albums, singles and the actual music. I had to ask about female MCs which was almost unanimous in the choices of MCs that are listed. I also noticed that even though I know a myriad of female MCs, these brothers, world-known DJs/Producers, were like, "Who is that?", when I mentioned particular names. I must agree, most of the ladies I named were in groups that don't exist anymore, or were one hit/one album wonders or just not known to these brothers. We chose not to elaborate on the craziest or worst MCs. The opinions spanned across a large number of heads and each one had too long of a debate brewing.
When DJ Snatch1's set was over, I asked him for his top 4 male and female MC's and top 4 producers before he left with his son. A debate was sparked then, too, but I obtained his choices. (Speedy recovery Corey!!!) He had to press the issue that his list was personal. I was shown the dynamic of DJs, their thought-process, as far as why they choose to respect the MCs and producers they do. I also found out that it would have been much easier to do a top ten list, but I wanted the real and raw. Top ten would be drawn out and wouldn't induce such passionate arguments. It was eye-opening and hopefully I can do that again. It was dope to hear the reasoning behind the choices more than it was to learn the actual top fours.
DJ Mr. Walt - Top 4 MCs: Rakim, KRS, Biggie and Jay-Z; Top 4 Female MCs: Lyte, Latifah, Lauryn and Jean Grae; and Top 4 producers: Pete Rock, Premiere, Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin
Terri Berrie - Top 4 MCs: Nas, Rakim, Jay-Z and LL Cool J; Top 4 Female MCs: Lyte, Latifah, Lauryn and Jean Grae; and Top 4 producers: Premiere, Pete Rock, Large Professor and Dr. Dre
DJ Evil Dee - Top 4 MCs: Rakim, Chuck D, KRS and Kane; Top Female MCs: Lyte, Latifah, JeanGrae and Rah Digga; and Top producers: DJ Quik, Large Professor, Pete Rock and Rick Rubin
Krazy DJ Bazarro - Top 4 MCs: Nas, KRS, Jay-Z and Rakim; Top 4 Female MCs: Jean Grae, Lauryn, Lyte and Latifah; and Top 4 Producers: Dr. Dre, Marley Marl, Bomb Squad and Organized Noise
The Mama Wize - Top 4 MCs: Rakim, KRS, Nas and Kane; Top 4 Female MC's: Latifah, Lyte, Lauryn and Rah Digga; and Top 4 producers: J-Dilla, Pete Rock, Premiere and Large Professor
DJ Snatch1 - Top 4 MCs: Jay-Z, Biggie, Nas and Kane; Top 4 Female MCs: Lyte, Latifah, RahDigga and Rage; and Top 4 producers: Premiere, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre and Just Blaze
Tell me who your Top 8 MCs and Top 4 Producers are and why! Thank you for reading and Special Thanks to DJ Mr. Walt, Terri, DJ Evil Dee, Krazy DJ Bazarro & DJ Snatch1! Peace In Music!
And Jude Arthur, Vivian Perez, Jay Dilla, Makeba Mooncycle, DJ Tee Mallory, Kevin Bennett, Chris Rock and Garth Brooks! LOL
According to the 10-month calendar, I'm 52 years old but since the states rock with the Gregorian calendar, this is my 44th cycle and I'm still spinning and still winning! I'm so thankful for the blessings I've earned, the education I received, the respect I've been given and the strength I was graced with. I'm very proud of what I've accomplished, the trials I've endured, the patience and perseverance I found and the power that keeps me young at heart and "Wize" from experience. When I say I've been there and done that, I have... the good, the bad, the ugly and the sexy! I don't regret anything because it made me who I am today. I LOVE ME! YEJIDE THE NIGHT QUEEN * STORM THE MAMA WIZE * GLAM MAMA * UMI * S.U.M.I.
Being a good parent is a job and no one said it was easy, but if you want better for your children than you had and your head is in the right place, they will show and prove your efforts, energy and love were not in vain. I LOVE MY BABIES and GRANDBABIES! And I appreciate the fact that I have been blessed to grow with my GrandSun and GrandDawtah! I thank my parents for teaching me what a parent is supposed to be responsible for when it comes to nuturing, raising, teaching and fulfilling your children's physical, mental and self health.
Thank you to my 'friends' who started off great, and fell off, because you taught me how NOT to be. Your season was done. The Most High is ALWAYS on time! Thank you for the friends who stayed true but moved away or got busy. We're still tight...life just happened. Thank you to the men in my life who love me, taught me, showed genuine affection, worked for me, elevated my spirit, inspired me and the ones who passed away with love in their hearts for me! Thank you to my teachers, my mentors, and my new friends in MUSIC and DANCE! And I thank The Most High for providing me with breathe, my limbs, my six senses, intelligence, agility, several artistic talents, clothing, my apartment, heat, great health, food and a means to eat it.
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THANK YOU for reading my blog, my rants, my opinions, my events and my thoughts. I appreciate all who tune in! I pray they make you think. Try reading some of the older ones... I'm feeling myself right now and I will be until March 15th. In the meantime, Peace, Love, Respect, Guidance, Joy, Abundance, Blessings, Light, Strength, Prosperity, Inspiration and Laughter! May you have it all! I know I do!!! \0/ \0/