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M.O.P. - 4 Alarm Blaze (feat. Jay-Z & Teflon)
Throwing it back to 1998, here is a joint by Brooklyn’s own Mash Out Posse featuring Jay-Hovah. Although he was riding high on commercial success Jay still had his underground aggression; displayed here on the hard-hitting track produced by Laze E Laze and sampling Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger. Always a fan of the group,Jay would later sign M.O.P. to Roc-A-Fella Records in 2002.
Read below for a firsthand account of how Jay-Z’s spot on the track came about:
Lil Fame: “Back in the days, D&D Studios was just a hang out, like that’s where Guru always was. So most of the artists that worked with DJ Premier and the D&D camp would be up in D&D; all types of dudes walked in there. Jay would come through there a lot and one day he was like, ‘It’s “4 Alarm Blaze” but there’s only three people on the fuckin’ song! Let me get a verse on it.’”
Billy Danze: ”Jay-Z actually went as hard as he could to get on the track. I don’t want to say beg, but he kinda made it clear how much he really wanted to be on the track. The track was already closed and playing on the radio and everything, but he was really heart-set on getting on that record.”
Lil Fame: "We gave Jay the invite and he left the studio and rode around the block a couple of times in his car. Half an hour later, he came back with his rhyme and laid it down."
Jay Z was spotted leaving Harry’s Bar in London on Friday evening, where he and Beyonce dined with the city’s own Adele.
this is power. they won’t even let you 5 ft within the barrier. & they are right next to it.
+ “Sometimes I don’t talk in the most politically correct whatever the type way, but I felt like I ain’t really express how proud I was, of this person, of this human being, that had the fight of this artist that’s fighting to make something that she really feels, that really connects in this generation.”