In 1993 I was signed to Warner Bros. as as one half of the rap group March 3rd, had a publishing deal with Zomba Music which then owned Jive Records and Battery Studios where I was obligated to work out of. I co-owned a independent hip hop-jazz label called Original Jazz Recordings that had a distribution deal with Polygram.
I had it very good, and was fortunate to work with and for quite a few artists and producers who are now considered hip hop legends.
Anyway GraFritz asked me to dig up any old videos I have for the documentary and this raw clip which was shot by my label's then A&R Director is of myself doing a producer's panel at the New Music Seminar. In the video is Royal Bayaan who produced Kool & the Gang, Eddie Edmund who produced TCF Crew, and the legendary Large Professor and DJ Clark Kent.
At that time I was doing the very same thing I'm doing today, incorporating live musicianship with sampling and one of the things I felt passionate about was keeping musicians in work. Sampling back then was getting out of control and studio musicians were suffering and I was saying that hip hop producers should consider employing people who can play so everyone could eat.
My point of view came as someone that was then commanding 25-50k per song. It also came from my school of thought as a DJ and as a musician, so today I can look at this video and understand how come Clark Kent and Large Professor reacted the way they did to my plea because Sampling after all was under attack by the industry and there was quite a few lawsuits happening. I didn't really have to face such issues because they were strictly sample based producers, where I was a hybrid producer that practiced both arts so I never had to clear anything. It's also how I got hired by my fellow producers to recreate samples for them.
I don't know if GraFritz is going to use this footage I'm sharing with you guys for the documentary, I don't want to interfere with his work. I trust him to tell my story in a compelling manner as he's been interviewing several artists, former executives and a few childhood friends, I hope you guys enjoy this video and maybe get some insight as this is apart of real hip hop history.