Nathan S. (Refined Hype):
A big reason we started this Friday Flips series was to use new music as a gateway drug to get folks hooked on some older joints that may have passed them by. So when the new Redman “Hands Up” dropped we knew we had to start bagging up the goods and moving weight immediately.
(Figuratively speaking, I don’t need the DEA busting down my door.)
First and foremost, I feel like Easy’s name has been somewhat lost in the fog of rap history, so here’s a quick primer. Remember every dope track that came out of New York City in the ‘90s? He produced it. Ok, maybe that was a bit overstated, but not by much. Let me get into specifics. Easy Mo Bee got his start with Big Daddy Kane and GZA (and a pre-Wu Tang RZA), Easy really made his mark as one of Bad Boy’s go to producers.
After making the beat for Biggie’s breakthrough song “Party & Bullshit”, he went on to make the majority of the beats on the classic album of all classic albums, “Ready to Die,” as well as much of Craig Mack’s debut. After splitting with Bad Boy he’s seemed to purposefully play the background roll, but he’s continued to work with everyone from Wu-Tang to Alicia Keys, even picking up a Grammy in the process.
So yes, a new beat from Easy was a rare occasion, but that’s exactly why it’s cause for such celebration, especially when the flips the same sample for “Hands Up” as we just heard on “Gotta Have It”.
1973: Hamilton Bohannon – “Singing a Song for My Mother” (Album: Stop & Go)
Lifting Hamilton Bohannon‘s “Singing a Song for My Mother” sample is a daring move, as it basically put Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs on the map back in ’91, becoming one of the most quintessential Boston Hip-Hop records, ever. Put it this way, “I Got Have It” is to Boston, as “O.P.P.” is to Jersey, as “The Bridge” is to Queens, just as “Straight Outta Compton” is to North Dakota. K, just wanted to make sure I had your attention.
Even though Easy Mo Bee’s recently lifted the Bohannon sample for Redman’s “Hands Up,” it’s been damn near “passed around like a cold” as it’s been used by the likes of Heavy D & the Boyz, A*, Royal Flush, Pop Da Brown Hornet, Tragedy Khadafi, and even Roc Marciano (stream below). It’s safe to say that “Singing a Song for My Mother” has displayed groupie like tendencies since Edo first hit it. However, if anyone gets the pass, it’s Easy Mo Bee. I’ve had the chance to meet the man before and aside from looking like a combination of Evander Holyfield and Steve Harvey, one thing’s for sure – there ain’t nothing’ funny about the dude’s beats.
2012: Roc Marciano – “Momma’s Song”
Moving on, Nathan and I both think a collab album, produced entirely by Easy Mo Bee would help solve the the current state of Hip-Hop. Being that I don’t think we’re alone with this request, we’ve compiled a list of both upcoming and veteran emcees that would fit the bill. That said, check out the voting widget below, and let us know which artist you’d like to see Easy Mo Bee collab with for an entire album’s worth of material.