Old School Video of The Week: Prodigy – “Keep It Thoro”

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Prodigy

“When you see me in the streets soldier, salute me. You just a groupie, oh, you gangsta, then shoot me”

The unexpected death of Prodigy at the age of 42, of the group Mobb Deep, has rattled the hip-hop communities’ nerves. It’s starting to become normalized when we lose hip-hop icons at such a young age, and it also brings once again heath awareness with an emphasis on Black men in general. The exact cause of death has yet to be determined, but it is also well known that Prodigy has been battling sickle cell disease since he was an infant.

Prodigy’s entire aura, his voice, his lyrical delivery to coincide his street tales was intoxicating and Havoc’s lyrical contribution alongside with his stellar production, meshed well with Prodigy’s persona. Mobb Deep was an important duo when they emerged in the 90’s with a New York style, which left the bubble gum rap style in its dust, but came out and gave listeners a front row seat to the heart of the dark New York streets.

I was always fascinated by Prodigy’s voice, and I would state if he was at a supermarket and simply ask the cashier if an item was on sale, they would more than likely give him the items for free. Prodigy’s voice was one of the most intimidating voices in hip-hop, and it has Queensbridge all over it. When the duo disbanded, that didn’t stop Prodigy from continuing to get busy on the mic by representing hip-hop on his terms.

The year was 2000 when Prodigy released “Keep It Thoro” off his debut solo album H.N.I.C. “Keep It Thoro” is tough, a production banger, and it represented the Prodigy that we come to know and love as a member of Mobb Deep. Once again, leaving a legacy behind is just as important when we are no longer here in the physical. Prodigy did just that, in many ways. Another fallen hip-hop legend gave us a brief time on this earth, but left an infinite legacy behind that will be quite difficult to duplicate in the future. Rest in peace.

-Ms Scripter,

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?

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DJ Mister Dior’s Podcast: Episode 2

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DJ Mister Dior is back with another Friday podcast for your ear drums to end your week heavy on the hip hop side. We have some heavy hitters; Mobb Deep, Drake, and a new track by the Queen of hip hop and R&B Mary J. Blige who’s album My Life II drops November 22. Check out the track listings below and please share. If you enjoyed this mix and will like him to DJ any upcoming events check out his contact information in his bio. -Ms Scripter

 

 

Tracklist:
1. Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph
2. Mary J. Blige feat. Nas – Feel Inside
3. Mobb Deep – Conquer
4. Denzil Porter – Kanye West
5. Drake feat. Rick Ross – Lord Knows
6. Wale – DC or Nothing
7. Lloyd Banks – We Fuckin
8. Mobb Deep feat. Nas – Get It Forever
9. Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Swizz Beats, Lil’ Wayne, Birdman, DJ Khaled & T.I. – I’ma Boss (Remix)
10. Yelawolf ft. T.I. & Slaughterhouse – Hard White (Remix)
11. Uncle Murda feat. Mariah Carey, 50 Cent & Young Jeezy – Warning (Remix)
12. Wale feat. Rick Ross – Tats On My Arm
13. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Who Gon Stop Me blend w/ Flux Pavillion – I Can’t Stop

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New Music Alert: Mobb Deep feat. Nas “Dog Sh*t”

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It didn’t take long for Prodigy to be sprung from prison to release another new song with his Mobb Deep partner Havoc. The pleasant surprise was Nas making a guest appearance on this new track entitled “Dog Sh*t”.  The Queenbridge trio is letting hip hop fans know what made them legends. Produced by Havoc and Alchemist, their dark signature beat that Mobb Deep is known for since being in the game for way over 15 years is apparent in this track, with the flow to match. Check it out.



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When the Urge for Street Cred Supersedes Common Sense:

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The results are the likes of Da Brat and her peers. As you well know Hip Hop artist Shawntee Harris who is known by the stage name Da Brat was recently released from prison after performing a 3 year stint. Too many entertainers especially rappers seem to find themselves incarcerated lately like Prodigy, Remy Ma, Lil Wayne, and just recently TI. I always ask myself is this part of a new trend where street cred is superseding common sense?

Let’s evaluate the reason why Da Brat was incarcerated in the first place. On November 1, 2007 Da Brat was in a night club called Studio 72 that is owned by Jermaine Dupri when she was involved in a verbal altercation and a shoving match with a waitress. You would think someone of Da Brat’s prominence would walk away to protect her assets, and that her freedom would be imperative to her. I guess street cred and showing people in her crew that she isn’t a punk led her to grab a bottle and smash it against the waitress face; which caused deep lacerations. This incident subsequently led Da Brat to lose her freedom, the opportunity to continue make money, and her career (well what was left of it).

I really can’t fathom why some rappers or entertainers in general will risk losing everything all for the sake of keeping their street cred in tact. This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last time; just evaluate Remy Ma’s case. Back in 2007 Remy shot Makeda Barnes-Joseph in the stomach over some money that she believe was stolen from her. Now Remy is doing a whooping 8 years in prison, was it really worth it? Or how about Prodigy who thought it would be cool to carry an illegal hand gun in his car and he ended up serving 3 years. He could have received 15 years due to a previous charge, but at least he finally used his common sense and took the plea deal. Lil Wayne was charged with the same crime; weapons possessions and served a year. Lil Wayne also had the nerve to complain that he will never perform in New York City again because of it. Someone needs to inform him, if you can’t make it in New York you can’t make it anywhere else. Quit pointing the blame at the guns laws and point it at yourself for being ignorant.

TI is another example of someone who allowed street cred to supersede his common sense. In 2007 after he tried to purchase an arsenal of weapons from an informant, which turned out to be his former bodyguard. He only received a year in federal prison, he could would have received a lot more time than that. I just don’t understand why did he need those guns in the first place. Who was he trying to impress? Once he was released he ended up right back in prison a short time later after the police pulled his vehicle over on Sept 1, 2010 and found drugs in his possession. I am almost quite sure there is a specific task force in a lot of these big city police departments that just monitor celebrities; especially rappers. This has been going on since the Biggie and Tupac murders over a decade ago, and I have no reason to doubt that has not changed. With that being said, you would think these hip hop artist will be more cognizant of the notion that they are constantly under surveillance and take the appropriate steps to ensure they aren’t involved in any illegal activity.

Here is a tip for celebrities, hire licensed bodyguards who have the proper credentials to carry guns. Some of these celebrities would rather drop a few thousand dollars on jewelry or make it rain at a strip club than pay for executive protection. I guess they feel that they will come across as being soft to their peers if they don’t carry a fire arm themselves. Or better yet, how about becoming a grown up for once and realize there are real life consequences when you perpetrate the thug life that you rap about. Let’s use the rapper 50 cent as a prime example of a person who isn’t shy about having bodyguards escort him around everywhere he goes. He realizes he still has enemies out there from his past, but he isn’t trying to take matters into his own hands by possessing an illegal fire arm either.

Now let’s get back to Da Brat, who is now 36 yrs old. Let’s keep it real. That age is almost Grandma status for a female emcee. Their are heavy rumors that she is also broke, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. I’m sure that waitress she struck upside the head is licking her chops at the thought of a lawsuit, if she didn’t file one already. So now she must evaluate her career and what steps she needs to take in order to get back in the game or just do something entirely different. The game has changed and their isn’t much of a target audience for the Da Brat anymore. She has to step into the Nikki Minaj era and that doesn’t bond too well for her future. So hopefully this will be a wake up call for future and current entertainers when they feel the need to allow common sense to elude them just for the sake of street cred; it just won’t get you far.

-Ms. Scripter

Just blogging-for-the-masses, ya dig?

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