Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Eight Mile Chronicle has officially moved....

bobloisland.blogspot.com is the new address, same Detroit state of mind though.

all of the mixes that have been previously posted on this page (Eargasms vols. 1 thru whatever, Kick Rocks, MJ, Primo, Luda, Gangsta Grillz 14, etc) will eventually make way to the new page so be patient with a brotha because the schedule's beginning to get a little hectic...

squo???

understand???

comprende???

holla...

Monday, August 18, 2008

the pic says it all shawty...



"Eargasms 6"

"Eargasms 6"

"Eargasms 6"

and yeah, catch me going back and forth between here and bobloisland.blogspot.com

fin...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

what a week this should be...

just got out of the brainasium, had a pretty cool session today. i laid down another Eargasms joint (which will be number 6) and lemme tell ya...

in addition to some timeless hiphop classics, i got really creative with the blending on this joint. records that i've always wanted to hear in a different context got my "blender" treatment and they came out of it just fine. for the most part, i kept it recognizable since i know that my 90's joint that i did a couple weeks back might've gone over a few heads. understand though, that wasn't intended to be a "best of" type of mix. just some of my personal faves that i always rocked with and i figured if Just Blaze could do one, why can't i?

anyway, so yeah i have two more joints dropping this week. Eargasms 6 and a collaboration mixtape with my favorite blog site (TSS is MAJOR!!!) based on the music and influence of one of hiphop's all-time greatest groups. the mix was done damn near a month ago but i've been sworn to maintain an air of mystery around it until it drops this week (FINALLY, lol). if you need some type of hint, the group has been in the game for 20 years, and it was a task trying to put all of their classics and dope ass album cuts & select soundtrack singles into 79 minutes and 30 seconds. i was up to the challenge though, and i believe that this mix can create new fans of the group, as well as make longtime fans be like "dayummmmmm!!"

that is all for now, gotta head to Cali this week for some equipment maintenance and shows later this week. maybe i'll finally get some Madden time in...

i'm aware that links to a couple of older Eargasms volumes (3 & 4) are dead so i'll be re-upping those shortly.

and Fubu, i heard u loud & clear buddy. the process has been more difficult than you'll ever know shawty. hit me up on the celly and we'll rap...

one last note. i have another blogspot page.

bobloisland.blogspot.com

bobloisland.blogspot.com


you ask why? hit it and find out...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

my new single, "Headlights! (adjust them beams)"




i found the intro to this joint a few weeks back while doin' a little diggin and the shit was so hilarious to me that i just had to use it for something. so last Friday night, Apple Jac and I were having a impromptu turntable session and i started cutting the "adjust them beams" phrase and we just kept crackin the fuck up. next thing you know, the MPC was turned on and the result of that is what you now hear.


"Headlights! (Adjust Them Beams)" by The Sheckniculous Scissors Orchestra (Jaycee & Apple Jac)


side note: chick in photo is random, but i sho' would adjust them beams, lol...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sky High: The Mizell Edition (aka the "Swingtown" edition, lol)




one thing that i will give my father the utmost credit for is very good musical sensibility. in addition to the regular rock & soul most kids gravitate towards, he exposed my young impressionable ears to the sounds of artists like Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, Hubert Laws, Hugh Masekela, Yusef Lateef, Fela Kuti, and Sadao Watanabe among many others. there was a lotta vinyl around the crib at all times and i used to sit for hours in my room intently reading liner notes, inquisitive about who played what instrument and who produced what. which leads me to mention the 2 guys in the above pic.

Larry & Fonce Mizell.

you're scratching your head "who???" here's their Wikipedia entry (under Mizell Brothers)

The Mizell Brothers were a highly influential production team in the 1970s, consisting of Larry and Alphonzo Mizell.[1]
In the early seventies Larry and Fonce Mizell moved to California to start their own company Sky High Productions. They went on to produce albums for Blue Note with Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, and Johnny "Hammond" Smith that set the tone for fusion and the era.

The Mizell Brothers often used the same musicians on their albums, including Harvey Mason on drums, Melvin 'Wah Wah' Ragin on guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass and Jerry Peters on piano. Freddy Perren and Chuck Davis were often involved as co-writers or co-producers. Later hits of Sky High Productions include LTD's 'Love Ballad' and A Taste Of Honey's roller-rink anthem 'Boogie, Oogie, Oogie'. Younger brother Rodney Mizell also co-wrote some of their songs.

During the seventies the Mizell Brothers wrote and produced albums by Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, Johnny Hammond Smith, Gary Bartz, LTD ("Love Ballad"), Rance Allen and Roger Glenn. Most albums featured the same musicians, including Harvey Mason, Sr. on drums, Chuck Rainey or James Jamerson on bass, Melvin "Wah Wah Watson" Ragin on guitar, Jerry Peters on piano and Stephanie Spruill on percussion. At the end of the seventies, the Mizell Brothers discovered A Taste of Honey and produced their first two albums, including the hit single "Boogie Oogie Oogie".

In the 1980s, the Mizell brothers retired from the record industry.

now...

the reason for this post is because after all these years of digging pretty much everything these 2 guys have ever laid down in the studio, i finally decided to make a mix of my favorites. Apple Jac had been getting on me for years to do an all Donald Byrd joint, but the Mizell production touch wasn't exclusive to just him so i included other artists as well.

the mix is basically 70's funk/fusion/Sample Clearance/Jaycee, that's the best way i can explain it and i hope you enjoy. a lotta this stuff should be very recognizable, and if not the music is so good you'll just rock with it anyway.

there are a couple glitches in the matrix, but that kinda adds to the appeal i think. normally i'd scrap it and start from scratch but fuck it, lol...

one more thing: no "Ultimate Breaks & Beats" were used or harmed in the making of this mix...

"Sky High: The Mizell Edition" (rapidshare)

"Sky High: The Mizell Edition" (divshare)


"Sky High: The Mizell Edition" (zshare)


"Sky High: The Mizell Edition" (megaupload)



Saturday, August 9, 2008

perfect "mood" music: Kissin' In The Crates Vol.1 thru 4, get em' NOW!!!

before "Babies Making Babies", there was "Kissin' In The Crates", a 4 volume set of soulful gems compiled by my homeskillet Apple Jac. these compilations were recorded between 2001 & 2002 and for those of you who may be like "where have i heard the name Apple Jac before?", i posted a dope mix of his entitled "Obscurely Familiar" around these parts earlier this year.

some of these joints may be familiar to us because they've been sampled by some of our faves recently, and some haven't but all and all, this is good quality music that we can all get down with point blank period.

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Director's Cut

(the director's cut contains songs that didn't make the transfer from the original 90min cassette version to 74 minute cd's.)


enjoy, and give the homie a holla at myspace.com/applejac, let him know what you think.

and FYI, that's not a shot at the homie ?uestlove and his "Babies Making Babies" series on BBE. just tryin to help spread some more really good "mood" music around, that's all...

peace...

Friday, August 8, 2008

not for everybody...

we all have things that only we laugh at and others look at us like "wtf?" cause i'll admit, sometimes i'm amused by the most inane shit. allow me to share a few things that instantly crack me the FUCK up.





more Eva pics...







man listen...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

about fuckin' time...




now i guess this means that i can go ahead and ahem, do a mixtape with Tip now eh?

(smh) riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight...

anyway, Ludacris feat. TI "Wish You Would" produced by DJ Toomp, from the upcoming "Theater Of The Mind" album dropping on October 21st...

Dirty: http://www.zshare.net/audio/1668622172bfdf93/

Dirty: http://www.mediafire.com/?kadn0bryawj

Clean: http://www.zshare.net/audio/166860741026bd8b/

Clean: http://www.mediafire.com/?rmwbgls5wg0

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Eva!!! in black & white...





been digging her since meeting at the 2Fast 2Furious premiere years back. absolutely gorgeous, she could get it 50 ways til' Sunday haha...

on the real...



how do i feel about this?

not quite sure.

on the one hand, hearing a muhfucka randomly say (insert name here) "gives head!!!" is kinda hilarious as all get out.

but then having a muhfucka just as randomly blurt out "NIGGER!!" upon seeing any black person is equal parts disturbing as well as potentially dangerous because if said around the WRONG niggro, all types of wrongness could happen.

speak on it...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"fuck a title, it's DOPE!!!" (that's all that matters)



this mix features some of my favorite 90's joints by Diamond, De La Soul, EPMD, Onyx, The Beatnuts, King Sun, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, X-Clan, Grand Daddy I.U., Low Profile, Da King & I, Ice Cube, Ultramagnetic, A Tribe Called Quest, Grand Puba, Showtime, Redman, and many many more. peep the tracklisting...

sike!!! u know better than that, get your listening skills up...

"Fuck A Title, it's DOPE!!! (that's all that matters) link 1 (rapidshare)

"Fuck A Title, it's DOPE!!! (that's all that matters) link 2 (sendspace)

"Fuck A Title, it's DOPE!!! (that's all that matters) link 3 (zshare)

"Fuck A Title, it's DOPE!!! (that's all that matters) link 4 (divshare)


2 new mixtapes coming by week's end...

1. untitled as of yet and with about 12 minutes to complete on it, this is basically a foray into some of my favorite 90's hiphop joints. it isn't the "definitive BEST of the 90's" type of mix, but if you're a hiphop head as i am, you'll definitely be familiar with the joints i'm using. the intro may throw you for a loop for a sec because i'm using "Public Service Announcement" in the intro, but as it progresses it makes total sense. you'll see what i mean as you listen. if you don't hear one of YOUR faves on the first installment, don't fret. there will definitely be more volumes to come...

2. a collaboration mixtape with my favorite blog site based on the music and influence of one of hiphop's all-time greatest groups. the mix was done 2 weeks ago but i've been sworn to maintain an air of mystery around it until it drops this weekend. if you need some type of hint, the group has been in the game for 20 years, and it was a task trying to put all of their classics and dope ass album cuts & select soundtrack singles into 79 minutes and 30 seconds. i was up to the challenge though, and i believe that this mix can create new fans of the group, as well as make longtime fans be like "dayummmmmm!!"

that is all for now, back to the brainasium i go...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

my current most hottest song in the whole world ever this week...



is "How We Rock" by Termanology feat. Bun B produced by the one and only DJ Premier.

first off, Term's verses are pretty cool but GODDAMMIT Bun B WENT IN!!! he sounds like he's been working with Primo for years but this is the first time the Texas natives have ever worked together. here's hoping that they do more shit in the future.

see how good he sounds over production that he isn't normally accustomed to??? it's because he's willing to try something different and challenge himself as an MC, something that i've been trying (ahem...ahem) to tell someone that i work with for the past few years with no luck. not about to try and beat niggaz in the head with shit they should already know...

and last but certainly not least, you gotta give super props to the man on the MPC cause this beat is HARD AS FUCK!!! to quote myself from an interview i did earlier this year "how do Jay and Nas shit on Premier beats and then turn around and accept Swizz Beats?" like i understand the need to have a variety of tracks on an album but there should be a LAW stating that any rapper with any type of worthwhile lyrical dexterity should have a Premier track on their album.

imagine Ludacris spitting some ill shit on one of these type joints...

yeah exactly. in the meantime, check out my current most hottest song in the whole world ever this week...

Termanology featuring Bun B "How We Rock" produced by DJ Premier

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

things that make me go "hmmm..."

i originally posted this earlier and then added my two cents afterwards. then i decided that i don't wanna make any waves so i erased the whole post and started anew. all i'm gonna say though, is that it's good that other people are starting to catch on to certain things that i've felt for a long time now. read the following article and figure it out for yourselves. i wish i knew who this author was...

originally posted at atlstatus.blogspot.com on July 15th, 2008

Ludacris & Dj Drama appeared on MTV recently to talk about Luda's new mixtape that's about to drop called "The Prequel" as a part of DJ Drama's "Gangsta Grillz" series. They both comment in the video as to why it took them so long to get together in collaborating on a mixtape. Well let's see.....maybe it's because T.I. & Ludacris had beef at one point? (Maybe they still do, but T.I.'s got bigger issues to worry about these days)

It's not a secret that DJ Drama is T.I.'s deejay & they've made big moves together throughout their careers thus far. Sooooooooo...you don't want to appear to be biting the hand that's feeding you so maybe that's one of the reasons why it took them so long to get together. Then again maybe it's because the dollars or business outside of the creative part may have been an obstacle. Anyway who knows & who cares as long as Luda keeps flexing those lyrical talents. Over here we don't care about the business because we are consumers of good music & solely focus on the music. Which is why we all noticed something very interesting in our discussions about Ludacris with his very successful career thus far.

Although Ludacris is a very talented lyricist outshining many other rappers on the same song & has plenty of solo hit singles, it feels like he's never put out an album that you could listen to all the way through. He has yet to make THE classic album like an Illmatic, Ready To Die, Reasonable Doubt, Atliens, The Chronic, KING, Low End Theory, All Eyez On Me, & Only Built For Cuban Linx, among others. Quite simply Ludacris is "Paid In Full", but he's yet to make everyone in the game "Follow The Leader". It's not that he's not talented enough, but maybe he could take the advice of a group of people including one that's already close to him. His deejay...DJ Jaycee. DJ Jaycee is one of the most talented deejays in Atlanta & is very knowledge about hip hop music. Why hasn't Ludacris done a high powered mixtape with the direction & ideas of his own deejay? Jaycee is definitely not a "internet" deejay because the kid has skills & can battle the best of them. We're postive the mixtape would be interesting with the choice of tracks used & the deejaying talents being exploited.

If Ludacris's new album "Theatre of The Mind" is already completed, then it's understandable that some of these ideas couldn't come into play immediately. But for an artist like Ludacris, why not employ a team of a few deejays he respects to A&R or provide a musical & creative direction for the next musical project? Many deejays put out creative mixtapes so for Ludacris's elusive "Classic" album he should have a good A&R team of deejays to sit in the studio & provide ideas. Most artists should employ a team of deejays to maybe go in the studio with the artist & work. It's just a suggestion. Also it would be a wise idea to start at home & to drop a mixtape with one of the few people who probably knows Ludacris best at this point. His name is DJ Jaycee & he's already Ludacris's deejay.


*Editor's note: We're not trying to get Dj Jaycee fired, but it was an observation by many of us here at ATLstatus.com

Friday, July 25, 2008

fucking GENIUS!!!

Prince Paul once said that "if you have a creative mind, you can do ANYTHING!!!"

you're probably wondering why on earth is Jaycee quoting Prince Paul?

well, take a look at this picture.

wow again!!!

yeah i know. you're probably thinking "what the fuck are you posting a pic of that old cheap ass Casio keyboard that niggas used to see in Kmart (on Glenwood or the one on Old National before Creflo got to it) and Zayre (on Candler Road) back in the day?"

well, take a look at this album cover...

classic material

now you're probably thinking "THAT album was made with THAT cheap ass Casio keyboard???"

my answer is "not entirely, but it played a HUGE part".

don't believe me?

take a look at this video and pay CLOSE attention to the 1:08, 3:02, and 3:59 markers and you'll that the above pictured keyboard is prominently featured in the production setups of Prince Paul and Maseo.



just for the simple reason that this wow again!!! was used AT ALL in the making of an album that was so monumental in hiphop, is reason enough for Prince Paul to be considered as one of the all time greats. next time u listen to that album, refer back to this piece. i guarantee you'll appreciate it even more than you already did...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

the biggest farce that we've seen thus far...

lotta my favorite blog sites have already spoken volumes on Rick Ross being exposed so i'ma just post this video and leave it at that.



damn homie.

i won't front, although i never really got into his whole "drug kingpin" scheme, some of his tracks are musically on point. "Luxury Tax" and "Maybach Music" were my personal favorites from the new album that got a decent amount of burn from me in my sets. where his career will go from here, who knows. i mean, if Wayne can be seen kissing a nigga in the mouth and still sell "a milli" in the first week, then i guess he'll be okay lol...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

it's a Detroit thang, you wouldn't understand. (part one)

one night while browsing YouTube, i came across some old ass commercials and shows i used to watch on tv when i lived in the city. a slight tear began to fall (lol!!) so i had to repost them here. if you're from the D like i am, you'll enjoy these clips. if not, it's all good. this post really isn't for you to understand anyway, haha...

the old Detroit Zoo joint



who DOESN'T remember the Highland Appliance commercials?



or Ollie Fretter?



and what about these nigtastic commercials on Channel 62? (take special note of the R.J. Rice studio commercial, that's where the late J Dilla (RIP) crafted a lot of the memorable Slum Village material at, in MY hood nigga! it used to be the old Northland Mall movie theater that me and my cousins used to walk to and catch flicks at)



and speaking of Channel 62, most of us tuned into that channel to watch The Scene ahem, The New Dance Show. it was our local version of Soul Train (ha!) hosted by the one and only Nat Morris. don't front, your city probably had their own version of it too ("cough" Atlanta Jamz "cough") but i'm sure it wasn't as niggtacular as these clips, lol...







if you thought THAT was fresh, bust this...






i'll be back with more joints later...

Monday, July 14, 2008

i hear that too much chocolate can give you cavities...

well call me a cavity creep then...






ATTACK!!!! haha...










Young Berg what is your problem?

Sunday, July 13, 2008

i'm goin' to Diznee World...





and just in case you may be thinking that her curves are a product of good ol' airbrushing and Photoshop, check the vid at the bottom...






and she's only 19!!! where the hell were all the chicks who were built like this when i was 19??? dayummm...

Friday, July 11, 2008

that Obama's so ILL....

my man KayDee out in Phoenix put me up on this song the other day, but i just came across this video a few minutes ago. it was only a matter of time before someone did it and i can already hear DJ's bringing back the "obama obama obama obama obo obo" a few zillion times once (if) he wins the presidency. vid's kinda funny, felt like i should share it with you all...

contains the notable quotable "he's okay, but his wife's sick, and her back's thick, and her walk's slick, she's a fly chick....I'D HIT!!!!"


that Obama's so ILL...






Thursday, July 10, 2008

from labia to YAY-bia, lol...

this is ridiculously funny...


Saturday, June 28, 2008

me clowning during soundcheck...

normally soundcheck isn't that much fun of a task. i'm not really that fond of playing the "hurry up and wait" game with sound crews that don't have their shit together. DJ's who tour regularly know what i speak of: when "they" (sound crews) demand that you be at the venue at a very specific time and then once you get there, the equipment isn't even set up, forcing you to wait around and twiddle your fucking thumbs because of their incompetence, cutting into your personal time that you could be out copping some ill sneaks or records, or doing uh, yaddadamean???

but every now and then you run into a crew that is so on point (the Dub Car Show 2008 peeps) that soundcheck is fun. like today for instance in Chicago. today was one of those days where i had to break out the turntable cam.

peep me "needle dropping" and cutting up breaks, clearly having a good time. and that my friends, is part of what touring life is all about...


video






Friday, June 27, 2008

my theme music...

i was watching "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka" this morning, and a line at the end of the movie gave me some quick, humorous inspiration.

Jack Spade said that "every hero needs his own theme music", and it was dope how KRS-One and D-Nice came in with the ill Dapper Dan leathers and performed "Jack Of Spades" while following him around. classic moment right?

well, without anyone following me around this is my theme music, haha...



it's only right that a DJ like myself came up with my own interpretation of "A Milli" since we've all heard the various MC's and rappers alike have their way with it, so i HAD to do it. i added scratches and ey'thing too but i had to hurry up and catch a flight so just wait til' i mix and master it once i get back home, wow...

to all my folks in Phoenix, when u hear me blast off with it at PHX on Friday night, know that it's going to be a muthafuckin' PROBLEM!!!

fin...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

the Big Apple...




meet Leonie Nicole. Originally from Jamaica, but raised in the Boogie Down BRONX and currently featured in the latest issue of Smooth Magazine...

in the words of Project Pat, "good gooogaly mooogaly!"

Monday, June 16, 2008

tell em' why you mad son, haha...

this is some funny shit. this muhfucka is crispy as hell with a perm calling some shit country...

Friday, June 6, 2008

i'm a part of comedy history...

on this day of taping a performance of "Stand Up" in a rundown NYC car repair shop in late September or October '03, i don't think that any of us present knew that we were about to become a part of comedy history. yeah we knew Chapelle's Show was funny as hell but it seemed like it was only "us" (black people) that really "got it". yea, white people knew about it but they hadn't quite latched on to Dave yet. that all changed after THIS episode...

at the time of taping, we didn't know what sketches were gonna be on this particular episode whenever it aired. we just knew that we couldn't wait for it to air, lol...

the show producers were like "you don't have to really scratch if you don't want to because we only have 1 turntable, but we can give you a mic in order for you to be one of the additional hypemen."

i ain't no muhfuckin' rapper slash hypeman and Luda already had 3 muhfuckas doing adlibs that day (Fate, 20, and Tity Boi) so i basically said "hook that turntable up shawty and let's get it poppin".

can u say "good choice?"

not only did i get a lotta "face time", but the scratches i laid down during the performance were some of the best that i'd ever done in that type of setting (at that point in my career, lol). basically, upon deciding to scratch the classic Public Enemy #1 soundbite "1, 1, 1, hoo-hah", i knew that i had to do proper justice to it (just like a couple of my DJ heroes Jazzy Jeff and DJ Scratch did before me on classic records) and boy did i ever....

so much so that when the show finally aired a couple weeks later i got soooooooooooo many hits from DJ's around the country like "yo nigga you were killing that shit on Chappelle last night!!" as a DJ, that qualifies as one of those moments that you live for because you know that your peers are gonna be watching intently and paying attention to EVERY little thing you do or don't do so you gotta represent....

why this performance never made it to the DVD's of Chappelle's Show is beyond me, that's a question you gotta ask Chaka Zulu or Kevin Liles cause i heard that there was some type of clearance issue (????) but i wasn't privy to the exact details. all i know is that whenever i see this episode being rerun i get HYPED cause i know i held it down for all the REAL DJ's in the world.

thank you Marisa for unearthing this gem for me...

y'all holla back now ya hear???



Jaycee on Chappelle's Show

Thursday, June 5, 2008

fun on the tables...

the first clip is from Ludacris' performance at the Greek Theater last week for the Battleground Earth tv show that airs August 3rd. i felt like having a rock star moment since Tommy Lee was onstage drumming during the performance so i had to incorporate the "turntable cam". the audio is kinda fuzzy but u get the idea...



the second clip is me waking up in the morning and heading straight to the tables for a quick beat juggling session with "Super Brooklyn" by the Cocoa Brovaz aka Smif N Wessun. it was fun because i hadn't seen that record in about 5 or 6 years until i came across it while doing some cleaning the other day and i wanted to see if i could still "go in" on it like i used to when i first bought it back in late '99 from Fat Beats Atlanta. i think i did a pretty good job of fucking with it, i may even start including this during my DJ set in Luda's show cause it's about that time to retire the Justin Timberlake routine, lol...



enjoy...

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

me being crazy...

i like to have fun when i travel. so much so, that sometimes i find myself doing some downright niggerish shit ey' now and then.

case in point, my flight home to Atlanta after 4 days in Phoenix, Arizona.

when sitting in first class for trips longer than 3 hours you get fed, and i must say that depending on the airline, the food is pretty decent. but on this day in particular i wanted some soul food and we all know Delta ain't servin' no crispy fried chicken, red beans, collard greens and Jiffy cornbread on the plane. so on the way to the airport i make a stop at Mrs. White's Golden Rule for some of that soul...

and i took it on the plane with me. yea, i could've eaten it before boarding but what fun would that have been?




note that i didn't say one word in the clip. my face tells the whole story...

and then i washed it all down with a tasty beverage, lol...



fun times i tell ya...

Saturday, May 31, 2008

shhh, announcement coming soon...

this isn't really the time to speak on it yet but an opportunity just came outta the blue this afternoon that if all goes right, will be a great step...

i REALLY wanna say something but give me a couple days to get things squared away.

in the meantime let's just say that i was specifically sought out...

holla...

Sunday, May 25, 2008

my new bio (with 9 mixtape links included)

If the earliest memory of yourself is one of being popped on the hands by your aunt at the tender age of 2 for messing with her records and stereo, or if your allowance was spent on nothing but records, one would have no choice but to say that a career in music chose you.

Such was the exact case for Detroit native Jaycee. Having been exposed to a very diverse selection of music being played around the house as a child that included such legendary artists as Stevie Wonder, KISS, The Isley Brothers, Aretha Franklin, The Jacksons, Roy Ayers, Prince, and Donald Byrd just to name a few, it was inevitable that he'd become a music aficionado, but the turning point towards becoming a versatile globetrotting party rocking DJ came after hearing legendary Detroit DJ's such as The Wizard and Mojo on the radio, buying the record "The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel" and witnessing a DJ by the name of Michael Saunders mix and scratch records during a school dance. Those moments, combined with music theory that he already knew by virtue of playing instruments such as the clarinet and the drums in the school band, led Jaycee to his current instruments of choice: 2 Technics turntables and a Rane mixer.

Upon relocating to Atlanta, Jaycee began his assault on the local music scene by being the DJ and producer of a local group who opened up shows for headlining hiphop acts like A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Redman, and KRS-One, and then by entering each and every DJ battle he heard about where he pretty much destroyed all competition. Being a battle champion then led him to the community and college radio mixshow circuit where he quickly stood out from other DJ's by displaying such skill and creativity on the turntables that his name suddenly began ringing bells in the city as THE upcoming DJ to pay attention to. The bells rang loud enough to catch the attention of So So Def's DJ Nabs who then took Jaycee under his wing and began featuring him on his show "The Thunderstorm" in late '95 on V103, which is the biggest urban radio station in Atlanta. Jaycee quickly went from making guest appearances on that show to being officially hired by the station and soon he became a musical mainstay in the city scene by spinning sets and destroying turntables at legendary Atlanta venues like The Warehouse, Velvet, Kaya, The Chili Pepper, and Vision (to name just a short few) as well as hosting and spinning on his own V103 mixshow called "The Late Nite Mixtape" where in addition to playing the regular mainstream hits, he also embraced other styles and genres of music in a way that DJ's before him had been scared to include in their sets. You'd never quite know in advance what tricks Jaycee would have up his sleeve, but after slightly revealing his hand, he kept your ear permanently glued to the radio eagerly anticipating more.

It was this regular routine display of musical knowledge and turntable dexterity which caught the eye and ear of one Chris Bridges a.k.a. Ludacris, and prompted him to personally ask Jaycee to be the only DJ to ever accompany him onstage. And from that point in September 2000 until now, Jaycee has displayed his skills in virtually every media platform that features live performances. From prestigious award shows such as the Grammys, the American Music Awards, the VMA's, and the BET Awards, to shows such as Rap City, TRL, 106 & Park, Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Carson Daly, Ellen, The Tyra Banks Show as well as historical performances at Live Earth and Nelson Mandela's 46664 Concert for World AIDS Day, there isn't a stage around the WORLD that Jaycee hasn't been on and rocked.

Plans for his next career move include music production because his ear for good music has proven to be golden at all times but through it all, Jaycee maintains a diehard love for rocking at clubs whenever and wherever possible because it keeps his keen sense of reading crowds sharp as well as musically keeping him on his toes. He's also a member of the dopest DJ crew in Atlanta The Aphilliates, through which he's released a few timeless mixtape classics of his own. Jaycee's extensive experience and unbridled passion for music has established him as a force to be reckoned with and many would say that this was destined from day one.

links to mixes by Atlanta's most versatile DJ are right here....

Jaycee Sez Kick Rocks!!

Michael Jackson: The Soulful Years

Eargasms

Eargasms: Version 2.0

Eargasme Le' Trois (part three)

Eargasms 4

Pizza At Primo's Vol. 1

Jaycee is "In Effect Mode"

Deja Vu: Jaycee & Don Cannon (hosted by Pharrell)






now boarding Delta, destination: HELL!!!




and whomever clicks the play button and laughs just the slightest bit, y'all are coming with me on this flight as well.

at least i'm admitting upfront that it's funny...

i'll also say that whoever took the time to put this together obviously had nothing better to do that day...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

a clip from my current favoritest movie "Grandma's Boy"

i must admit i was totally unaware of this movie until about a month and a half ago when my homie Marisa introduced me to it. initially upon first viewing i was DOG ASS TIRED from hitting up 5 cities in the course of 4 days and playing/partying/spinning hard during said days and although i recognized that the movie was funny as hell i fell asleep on it. i mean, when jet lag catches up to you, there's NOTHING you can do about it but just go head and fall de' fuck out.

at any rate, i went to Best Buy and copped the unrated version for 9.99. i suggest you do the same because the shit is hilarical yo, sooooooooo many parts that'll have you in rewind mode. here's one of the outtakes...


i'll post more scenes later turdnuggets...


Thursday, May 22, 2008

inspiration hits again, finally...



other than distancing myself from some bullshit and whipping myself back into shape behind the MPC3000, these last few weeks i've been in sort of a rut lately as far as posting here and if you haven't noticed, the rapid rate in which i've been doing mixes has slowed down considerably. but have no fear, ya boy is returning with a vengeance with a few things on deck...

first off, the long awaited follow up to "Pizza At Primo's". i did a rough 79:45 blueprint of it a couple weeks ago and there were a few spots where i think i went overboard with the backspins and i think i might've gone a little TOO sample heavy towards the end of it so allow me a little more time to fine tune it before unleashing it on you all. the intro is absolute FUEGO and i have to make sure everything else flows as smoothly as the first installment. the pressure's on but i'm up to the challenge...

i'm also doing a couple mixtape projects with my fellow Aphilliate Don Cannon as well, just in time for the summer...

and of course, Eargasms 5 is long overdue from ya boy. don't worry, i got chu covered...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

the Nike Mariah (I NEED THESE!!! part 3)




this sneaker may not look like much to y'all but the significance to me is that this was a fly ass (and super lightweight) running shoe that i used to drool over and covet. guess i should give my fath, uh mom's sperm donor a little credit, for it was he that first made me take an interest in having fly sneakers.

just like i now take pride in having multiple fresh pairs of 1's and J's and Dunks or Gucci high tops laying around the crib for various occasions, he used to have a couple pairs of Nike Mariahs laying around to run road races and marathons in, a couple pair to cut the yard in, or a fresh pair to drive around the city and holla at broads in, lol.

i guess you could say that although we're totally different people (cause his personal style at times was kinda ehhh...), we're sorta the same haha...

I NEED THESE!!! (part two)




as a lil' nappy headed youngin, i used to do a lot of running for sport. distance running was primarily my thing. anything from the 5K up to a half-marathon i had it covered and while i never had dreams of becoming an Olympian, the mere fact that there were no other kids in my age group in my immediate hood who could do what i was doing was accomplishment enough.

runners that i looked up to (to the dismay of my fath, uh mom's sperm donor) and read up on a lot back then were Bill Rodgers (4 time winner of both the prestigious Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon, wow!!!) and Rod Dixon ('83 New York City Marathon winner).

now what the fuck does this really have to do with the picture of the sneaks you ask?

well...

a running idol...

Rod Dixon exclusively wore Saucony joints and even though i was a Nike head (still am to this day), the Saucony joints were some of the illest, not to mention, most comfortable running shoes known to man and i one day pictured myself running the Peachtree Road Race in a pair. i ran the race twice back in the day and once i get my distance game back up, i plan on running it next year for fun, and in a pair of these...

of course, being the sneaker fiend that i am as well, i GOTS ta have a couple pair just to kick around while touring the world so you already know the drill...

holla at cha boi and nem'

Friday, May 2, 2008

I NEED THESE!!!



since i missed out on the high top Kool Bob Love Air Force 1's in red or blue with the gum bottom (yea Kaos i'm hatin'), i'm on the warpath looking for these. if anyone has any information on the whereabouts and availability of these sneakers, ya need to holla at the kid.

word...

yet more playoff talk (with video)

so...

a few interesting things have happened in the playoffs since i checked in last.

Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver (courtesy of the broom Kobe and Pau brought out) have been sent home to go fishing for the summer. i can't say that i was all that surprised about Toronto and Denver. the Raptors just didn't match up very well with Orlando, and Denver had too many distractions amongst themselves to even attempt to deal with The Black Mamba and nem'.

CP3 single handedly destroyed the Mavericks (i personally witnessed Game 4 and i have video to prove it but for some reason photobucket isn't cooperating with me. check myspace.com/djjaycee, the videos are there under the blog titled the same as this one...)

yeah the Mavs got that ass STOMPED and Avery was sent packing after the Game 5 loss in New Orleans. not sure if the JKidd trade was worth all that. Jason, Josh, and Dirk must toughen the fuck up and get it together next year.

i hate mentioning this team so i avoid it when at all necessary so CP3, PLEASE do us basketball fans a FAVOR and do a repeat performance of your work against Dallas on them. thank you...

i'd really like to see T-Mac make it outta the first round for once in his career but the odds of it happening aren't that great against Utah, in Utah. yeah they've beaten them there before (i was even there at the home opener November 1st with my homie Big Pooh from Little Brother) but for some reason i don't see it happening tonight. y'all are welcome to prove me wrong though...

in the Eastern Conference i don't think ANYONE expected the Hawks to take 2 straight from the Celtics. i know i didn't and to tell the absolute truth, i wasn't rooting for them but i'm actually glad they won because it made the series interesting as fuck. they kinda reverted to their norm for Game 5 (a blowout loss) but IF they win Game 6 tonight i just MIGHT be willing to give them a shot in Game 7 on Sunday. now wouldn't that be the TRUE UPSET OF THE YEAR if the Hawks (of all teams) eliminated the Celtics in the first round???

glad my Pistons finally got it together and got Philly up outta here. now we gotta tell Orlando to go head and raise up as well...

LeBron's gonna go ahead and close Washington's season out tonight and more than likely have another party at Love immediately afterwards where the DJ will play Jay-Z's "Blow The Whistle" for a half hour straight. mark my words. Love is one spot i wish i could be at tonight, dammit man...

so yeah, Detroit beats Orlando. Cleveland beats Washington only to meet Boston and lose therefore setting up a Detroit-Boston matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals. as i've said before, my allegiance is to the Pistons but i won't be mad if the Celtics win it all simply because KG and Ray Allen DESERVE a ring for all the suffering they've had to do on bad teams previously...

New Orleans beats them to run into the Lakers for the Western Conference Finals.

Lakers-Celtics (Pistons) in the NBA Finals this year, holla at ya boy....

i'm also NICE in the kitchen too...

i've had a love affair with paella since '97, when my old roommate Maurice introduced me to this restaurant on Peachtree called La Fonda Latina. so much so that's it's become one of my instant ''go-to" spots whenever my stomach calls. so much so that one day i vowed to attempt to make it at home. well...

that day finally came. and after a quick phone convo with my good friend Sunny from The Food Network (watch "Cooking For Real with Sunny Anderson" every Sunday morning at 10:30am), here's what happened...





although at first look it doesn't instantly remind you of the paella at La Fonda Latina, once i began eating it i was NOT disappointed in the least bit. it turned out very well i must say, and trust and believe i'll be making it again very soon...

shameless plug: eargasms 5 coming soon...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

more playoff talk...

it pains me to say this but if the good people of Dallas and Phoenix haven't realized it yet, their NBA squads are goin' fishin after the first round if they don't get it together.

Dirk got punked the fuck out in Game 1. (i'm sorry, any nigga with the gall to touch my face like Dirk is gettin his ass WHOOPED with no delay), then getting tossed like yesterday's trash by Tyson Chandler didn't help matters either. let's not even begin to talk about how Chris Paul has thoroughly DESTROYED Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. the Mavs are playing worse than they did against Golden State last year. Mark Cuban is definitely getting rid of some folk in the off season...

to my Suns. i felt bad for y'all after watching Game 1 cause y'all outplayed the Spurs all game but in the end they just had LUCK on their side, no other way to explain Tim Duncan hitting that 3 pointer. but after watching game 2, it's clear that the Shaq/Shawn Marion trade is gonna go down as the dumbest trade of the season. no disrespect to Shaq cause he's trying, but damn it's about to be a wrap if y'all don't pull off some miracles quick fast and in a hurry...

to my Pistons. Sheed, no more clowning and peeping in the Sixers' huddle during timeouts. them Sixer niggaz ain't even worthy of being on our floor, so it's now time to mop it with them...

to the Hawks. uh, yeah...

to the Wizards. from now on, shut the fuck up before playing the Cavs in the playoffs. and DeShawn please delete the word "overrated" from your vocabulary immediately. it's not a good look for you...

so it's looking like Detroit, Boston, Orlando, and Cleveland will make it outta the first round in the East and in the West it'll be San Antonio, Utah (sorry T-Mac), Los Angeles, and New Orleans...

will someone PLEASE beat the Spurs? i can't bear watching them in another Finals because they're BORING as fuck. yeah they're fundamentally solid but ohw sevig a kcuf??? yuck...

holla...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Reconstruction: "Pizza At Primo's" (The Smoking Section Interview)

on the real, when i made this mixtape i had no idea of the type of reception it would get. one thing that i did know for certain is that i wanted to be known as something other than just "Luda's DJ" because i felt like that put me in a box. not that that's a bad box to be in per se because being "Luda's DJ" has enabled me to do things on a regular and consistent basis that back in 2000 i never imagined i'd be doing, like travel and other "perks" that come with it. and not just here in the States, but the WORLD shawty. if someone had told me back in 2000 that by the end of 2007 i'd have traveled the world and back more than a few times, plus been close enough to Nelson Mandela to actually shake his hand twice AND take a personal picture with him i'd have said, yeah whatever.

but back to that box i was speaking of.

there was a spinning career that i had before becoming "Luda's DJ". one that consisted of winning countless DJ battles, rocking clubs all over Atlanta, and the airwaves of Atlanta's biggest commercial radio station V-103 with my own show "The Late Nite Mixtape" that i hosted and spun on alongside my man Tommy Fixx, that every DJ in the city who's anybody at this current moment used to listen to and study every record, every mix, every cut and scratch religiously because it was dope but yet DIFFERENT from what every other DJ at my station (Greg Street, Frank Ski, DJ Herb, etc) and the other station Hot 107.9 (Nabs, Trauma, Mars, etc.) was doing. yeah i played some mainstream hits, but i also wasn't scared to incorporate hiphop that was considered "hardcore" by my PD and MD into my sets.

ahh, the "hardcore" shit.

Gang Starr, Nas, Common, De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, Slum Village, Pete Rock, M.O.P., Redman, Busta Rhymes, Big Pun, Rakim, Dilated Peoples, etcetera balanced with a little Eric Benet, Les Nubians, Jill Scott, D'Angelo, Adriana Evans, classic breaks, as well as Master P, Juvenile, Bone, 2Pac, Snoop, Biggie, LL, Nelly, Da Brat and whatever Atlanta shit was crackin at the time. i sounded like NO ONE ELSE on the radio and in the clubs and i wanted to establish my name around the world as a dope ass DJ outta Atlanta that could rock whenever and wherever. matter of fact, i told Chaka Zulu (Luda's manager) when i first started doing Ludacris' promo tours that i wanted to get some love in the clubs wherever we traveled but it somehow fell on deaf ears which is a whole NOTHER story. but anyway, back to this mixtape...

lot of folks think that because i'm "Luda's DJ" that i have no knowledge of what "real hiphop" is. you'd be surprised at the frowns i get when i inquire about spinning at events. a promoter in Toronto even told me that because i'm "Luda's DJ" he didn't think that i was capable of spinning at his party because it was for "real music heads that don't wanna hear any of that south shit".

that shit fucked with me to no end and had me angry as fuck. i started telling promoters to just advertise me on the tables as Jaycee because i wanted to catch people off guard with what i play like okay, you're expecting a buncha crunk shit but watch how i flip from rockin the crunk shit into these breaks or this soul shit or just good hiphop music period. seeing personal DJ heroes like Jazzy Jeff consistently go all over the world playing the shit that he LOVES and getting worldwide acclaim, respect, and VERY GOOD MONEY for it let me know that it's possible so i just said "fuck it" and decided recently to go for what i know.

i felt really good about this mixtape when it was completed because i felt like i'd done right by hip-hop. i had no idea that it was going to be felt the way that it was because i had that "Luda's DJ" stigma that i'd been battling, and i know that fans can hate on shit due to the slightest detail, especially because i'm based out of Atlanta (even though i'm from Detroit). so to one day be browsing the net and coming across djsoulnyc.blogspot.com and seeing my mix being featured for download on his page let me know that i was on the right path so then i just started doing my "Eargasms" joints. i'd sent mixes to sites before like rappersiknow.com but one day figured, "hmm, lemme see if people at The Smoking Section will like my mixes". i'd seen all types of folk promoting their projects so i figured it wouldn't hurt to try. little did i know that Gotty was already hip, lol...

he hit me up and asked if i'd be interested in doing an interview regarding the making of "Pizza At Primo's", of course i was like "hellz yeah!!" he set it up and voila!!!

so before i continue rambling, here's the interview with DJ Sorce-1 from The Smoking Section...

“A DJ Premier mix tape of B-sides, remixes, samples and forgotten tracks? Why not… This was easily one of the best hip-hop mix tapes released last year. I still don’t understand how people slept on this.” – DJ Soul

Can someone DJ for Luda, be a member of DJ Drama’s crew the Aphilliates and be a diehard DJ Premier fan at the same time? Just ask Jaycee, the musical mastermind behind one of 2007’s finest mix tapes, Pizza At Primo’s. Jay, who took a long hiatus from mixtapes after getting burned out on the game in the late 90’s, has come back to the mixtape world with a vengeance in recent months. Since this years NBA All-Star break, he has been dropping tapes on the regular and we’re not talking about run of the mill pause joints they sell at your neighborhood bodega. When you bump a Jaycee tape you can expect blends, cuts, mixing, doubling up, and all the other freshness that you used to get when you copped a mix tape.

While Jay has been busy dropping many hot tapes as of late, his Premier mixtape may be his crown jewel. Spanning 56 tracks and featuring many underappreciated Primo songs and original samples, Pizza At Primo’s plays more like a true fan appreciation tape than a greatest hits compilation. It shows Jay’s in depth knowledge of Primo’s extensive body of work as well as his understanding of the music he chose for the mix. The tape is cleverly laid out so that many of the tracks flow together in more ways than tempo. Songs that sample one another are often played side by side while Jay also shows his digging knowledge by exposing several Premier sample sources. There is a perfect mix of skill display and letting the tracks breathe at the appropriate time, making for the most unique and enjoyable Premier mix tape to date. Luckily for TSS Crew’s DJ Sorce-1, he was able to catch up with Jaycee, hot off of his appearance with Luda at Northeastern’s spring concert, to discuss to conception and creation of Pizza…. Peep the technique as Jaycee gives an up close look at the ingredients that helped make this Reconstruction classic.

interview pic...


TSS: Do you remember the first Premier track you ever heard?

Jaycee: I would have to say it was “Positivity”. I used to watch Rap City back in the day when they had Chris Thomas, The Mayor (Laughs). They used to play “Positivity” a lot and I thought it was a cool record. I liked the sound of it. That record put me on alert to be aware of Gang Starr. Aside from the beat being so dope, I liked Premier’s scratches on the hook. His cuts are so rhythmic and I loved the way he broke down the phrases in the samples he scratched. From a technical standpoint the cuts weren’t that difficult, but he made them sound great. They were simple, but them shits were funky.

In terms of albums, the very first Gang Starr album, No More Mr. Nice Guy, was kind of hard to find in Atlanta. I’ve never had that album in my collection to be honest. I’ve seen it over the years, but I was always more concerned with buying other stuff. It wasn’t a priority record. To this day I don’t own it, and that would probably piss a lot of DJ Premier heads off.

When Step Into The Arena came out, I bought that shit immediately. I studied all of the beats on it and what impressed me about Premier’s production was that his stuff was clean sounding, but he could also flip and do some really gritty shit. If you listen to “Step Into The Arena”, that song sounds kinda clean. You can hear the high hats and the 808’s. But then on a cut like “Precisely The Right Rhymes,” which utilized the Brethren sample and something else that I’m not familiar with…that shit was just dope. It sounded real dirty. You could tell Premier’s production was evolving at that point. By the time Daily Operation came out, it was just like “Aww damn.” I can say that other than The Bomb Squad, Premier was my favorite producer at that time. This was around ’92.

TSS: Have you ever met DJ Premier?

Jaycee: I actually got to meet Premier sometime around ’92. I was part of a group that will remain nameless (Laughs). We put a nice lil’ demo together and hooked up with a promoter who was bringing Gang Starr to town for a show. They performed at a spot called The Warehouse in Atlanta and we were one of the opening acts.

I remember being at soundcheck and wonderin g why Premier was sound checking with other people’s music instead of using Gang Starr material to get the levels correct. I forget the exact reason that he gave me for doing it, but he had just produced “Peer Pressure” by Mobb Deep and he was using the test pressing of that for the sound check. He just kept playing it over and over and over. I was like, “Wow, what the fuck is that?! I gotta get that shit when it comes out!” That was the first time I actually met him. Premier was real cool. “Dwyck” and “Take It Personal” were some of the hottest records out at the time. They were touring to capitalize off of the success of those records.

Around ’94, after Hard To Earn came out, I was hanging with one of my closest friends to this day, Apple Jac. He’s a huge Pete Rock fan. We used to always get into these spirited conversations about who was the better producer - Pete Rock or Premier. Of course you can’t deny Mecca And The Soul Brother and The Main Ingredient. But to me, Premier was the better producer. Pete Rock was doing stuff for people like ADOR, who I thought was suspect. ADOR had a single called “Let It All Hang Out” that got a lot of burn. Pete used the same Marlena Shaw “California Soul” sample that Premier used for “Check the Technique” off of Step Into The Arena.

I remember when Hard to Earn and Jeru’s Sun Rises In The East came out I was going to school at The University of Georgia. Me and Apple Jac would ride around Athens bumping the shit out of Jeru and the Hard To Earn album. I was always like, “For real, Pete ain’t chopping these samples up like Premier.” I was such a Premier fanatic that while I was spinning on a college radio station here we did two free forms dedicated to all Premier production. I spun the entire time for four hours. That was kind of the early foundation of where Pizza At Primo’s came from.

At that time, Premier was doing shit for Jay-Z and people like that. You had to have a Premier cut on your album if you wanted your shit to be street credible. I don’t understand why Nas and Jay-Z won’t record with him today. That shit is stupid to me.

TSS: It’s fucked up man. A few years ago I read that Jay rejected some pretty dope Premier beats for his recent projects.

Jaycee: Yeah. How would you shit on some Premier beats and then accept Swizz Beatz?

TSS: Ha ha, I don’t know man. It’s suspect. What was the first Premier record that you ever bought?

Jaycee: It was “Words I Manifest.” That was the first Premier 12” that I bought. I got it at this record store called Third World Enterprises. I was looking through their singles and found doubles of “Manifest”. This was back in 1990 I believe.

TSS: What kind of environment do you like to work in when you’re making a mixtape?

Jaycee: Generally, I don’t like to be bothered. I’ll get a lot of phone calls that I’ll just ignore. Girls will say, “How come you don’t call me?” I just go, “Look…bitch, I’m focused. Leave me alone. I can fuck with you after I’m done.” When I get focused, I leave the phones and everything else in the other room. Sometimes I’ll zone out with a twelve pack of Blue Moon or whatever I got in the fridge. When I was recording the Eargasm joints, it was Patron and grapefruit juice. I got neighbors, so around midnight or one o’clock I turn it down. I don’t want motherfuckers beating on the ceilings.

TSS: Did you use a mixture of vinyl and Serato for Pizza At Primo’s?

Jaycee: I used vinyl for a lot of the samples. There were a couple that I didn’t have and my boy Apple Jac recorded them to MP3 for me. Serato is dope when you don’t want to burn out your records. I’ve spent a lot of money on records. Even when I was doing commercial radio and getting records for free, I would still go to the store and buy records. I bought a lot of Dilla stuff back in the day, but that’s a whole other interview. I would say about fifty percent of Pizza At Primo’s was vinyl and then some records were recorded to MP3. I’d been looking for the “Return of The Crooklyn Dodgers” sample for years and it just so happened that after I made the CD, I found that album with the sample on it. I was like, “Damn, that would have been an ill ass transition.”

TSS: That gives you reason to do a Part 2.

Jaycee: Part 2 is in the works. I haven’t started recording it, but I’ve been putting records to the side that I’m thinking about using. A lot of people asked me, “Why didn’t you put any of the females that spit over Primo beats on the tape.” I just tell them, “Don’t worry, it’s coming on the second joint.” Paula Perry, Lady of Rage, Charli Baltimore, and Sonja Blade. All of them killed it on their Premier produced tracks.

TSS: Do you have a favorite Premier track?

Jaycee: My absolute favorite? Man, that’s hard to say. I’d say that “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers” is in my top three. I remember when I got that record in the mail, I played that instrumental nonstop for like three hours. I was sitting in the basement vibing to that shit like, “Wow, this record is fucking beautiful.”

People are so used to Premier chopping records up that they don’t think of his records just being straight loops sometimes. When I found the “Return…” original I was like, “Word, it’s just a straight loop? Oh fuck.” I was a little disappointed, but that shit is still fucking beautiful. Even though it’s a straight loop, you can’t take away from the fact that the track is classic as hell.

TSS: Do you have a favorite slept on Premier track?

Jaycee: “The One and Only” by Snoop and “Brownsville” by M.O.P. He’s done so much shit that it’s hard to narrow stuff down with him. It’s overwhelming to talk about. He did a joint on the Don Cartagena album “That Gangsta Shit.” That song is hard as fuck. He also did a cut for Nenah Cherry called “Sassy” that was also kind slept on.

TSS: Where did the title Pizza At Primo’s come from?

Jaycee: Thank Apple Jac for that title. I was trying to think of a title and he said, “Why don’t you call it Primo’s Pizza.” As much as I travel, I always see pizza joints named Primo’s. So when he said that, I said, “Yeah, that fits.”

TSS: I had never actually heard Pizza At Primo’s it until DJ Soul posted it on his blog. I was like, “How the fuck did I miss this?”

Jaycee: I think it went under a lot of people’s radar. I’m part of the Aphilliates and the main thing that we’re known for are DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz. When you put out something that doesn’t feature Lil’ Wayne or Jeezy, it tends to go over peoples heads. I did it right after the mix tape raid situation went down. I was afraid to make the tape to be honest.

Truth be told, it was supposed to be a two part tape. Apple Jac came up with the idea. He wanted to do something called “Pete Rock vs. Premier: The Battle Royal.” It was going to be a double CD. I don’t know why it didn’t happen. I think it took him a little bit longer to get his stuff together. I felt good about my Premier part, so I just decided to put it out. With Apple Jac’s work schedule and my travel schedule, it would have been virtually impossible for us to get together for long enough to knock it out.

The version of Pizza.. that’s out is the third version of it. I accidentally put on a KRS-One joint that wasn’t produced by Premier on the first version. I was all hyped about the first version and gave copies of it to a few friends. One of the people I gave it to was Kaos, who runs the blog The Kaos Effect. He was like, “Yo, that shit was hot, but you had this KRS One joint on there, and I don’t think Premier did that one.” It was a cut off of Return of The Boom Bap. I didn’t want anybody calling me out, so I went back to the lab.

The second version was cool, and I had it done around All Star weekend when I was out in Vegas. Chubby Chubb, who DJ’d for Original Flavor back in the day, was at the same event that I was. We were sound checking, and I was playing the second version. He asked if he could have a copy. The copy that I gave him is pretty much the same as the version that’s out now, but there are some differences. After sitting with the second version for a minute I thought I could improve it. The version Cubby Chubb has is not the version the rest of the world has. But after doing it three times, the third time was a charm.

TSS: Did you re record the whole thing?

Jaycee: Yeah, when I decide to record something over, I scrap the whole shit.

TSS: Wow. That’s insane. I couldn’t scrap an entire tape that I’d been working on.

Jaycee: That’s just me. I’m so hard on myself. If I don’t like some shit, it’s not coming out the crib. I have to be completely ok with what I put out. I’ve seen really good tapes get picked apart by people whose idea of a mix tape is a CD with “None of that DJ stuff on it.” That mentality fucked the game up for me. I used to do mix tapes from 94-97. I would do a mix tape every month. They sold, but people would be like, “You’re doing too much mixing on them.” I got tired of going down in the basement and slaving and making sure everything was perfect when a motherfucka like Clue could make a tape with no mixing and three hot freestyles and have it sell like crazy. I just got frustrated. After ’97 I was like, “This mixtape shit is not what’s up.”

TSS: In terms of Pizza At Primo’s construction, I noticed that you have a definite connection between certain songs. For instance you drop “1, 2 Pass It” and blend in “Bring It On”, which samples “1, 2 Pass It”.

Jaycee: After the second version was done, Apple Jac heard it and said, “Why didn’t you put “1, 2 Pass It” next to “Bring It On”? I totally brain farted and didn’t think to use “Bring It On”. After he listened to it he said, “You forgot about ‘Bring It On’ son.” That was just one more reason I had to scrap the second version.

It wasn’t just that one song though. There were other things. With Royce’s “Boom” I backspun it seven or eight times and I was like, “Damn, this is overkill.” I also ended the tape with Pitch Black’s “It’s All Real”. I didn’t think that song was the best way to end it. I happened to be listening to Black on Both Sides one day while cleaning the house. When “Mathematics” came on I was like, “That’s it. That’s how I’m ending the album.”

TSS: Do you have anything else about Pizza At Primo’s that you want to speak on?

Jaycee: I wonder if Premier has heard the mix. I’d like to know what he thinks of it. People in his immediate circle have it. I’ve given it to Jazzy Jeff, DJ Revolution, and some other people. I know he has to be aware of it, I just don’t know if he has heard it yet and what he thinks.

and there you have it. big shouts to Gotty, Sorce-1 for interviewing me, my folks who assisted me in compiling a few joints for this project: Applejac, Rage, Tommy Fixx, my Aphilliates fam, FWMJ at rappersiknow, DJ Soul, and everybody who bought or downloaded it, and most of all DJ Premier for creating all these dope ass joints to make this mix possible.

"More Pizza" coming soon...

Friday, April 18, 2008

we were onto something, dayummm...




wow, seems like it was only yesterday (January '07 to be exact) that there was a conversation with the homie Applejac about the concept of doing a party around the theme of Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier, where he'd be playing joints by Pete and i'd be representing Premier. it was also gonna be based around our double CD set which was gonna tentatively be called "Battle Royale: Pete Rock vs. Premier" but due to schedules clashing, the double CD was never made and my mix ended up being what the world knows now as "Pizza At Primo's"

pizza at primo's cover

i've been interviewed about the making of the mixtape and that'll be the basis of my next post so i won't say too much more about it right now but just know that at this moment, there's no city that i'd rather be in than LA, in order for me to witness what's gonna go down TONIGHT at the Crash Mansion. 2 LEGENDS, battling it out on a pair of turntables in the name of all that is real about HIP-HOP. LA's the PERFECT place for this to go down but trust and believe that i'm gonna do my best to make sure that this event comes to Atlanta. if i gotta put up my own money to make it happen, that's just what i'm gonna have to do shawty...

just watch...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

playoff predictions...

kinda sucks that the Warriors didn't make it in this year but oh well...

in the Western Conference Finals i see the Lakers and the Suns battling it out and in the Eastern Conference Finals it's gonna come down to Boston and Detroit...

my hometown allegiance is to the Pistons and the Suns have been a team that i've rooted for for a good while now but i won't be mad if the Celtics go all the way. KG DESERVES a ring after all those unfruitful years in Minneapolis...

as far as the Hawks finally making it to the playoffs after 9 years of being totally wack, i'm happy for em', but Boston's gonna bring that broom out with the quickness...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

mo ig'nance...

i don't know about y'all but i think i need a change of pace from my ey'now and then trips to Magic City Mondays.

Bitch Slap Mondays at 24K is that NEW shit shawty.

don't believe me?

check the clip for yourselves...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFOVwOsvuYM

what better way to spend my Monday nights than watchin some bitches slap the absolute shit out of each other?

it gets no better...

yeah i know, i'm going str8 to hell for this one...

but i'm not the only one, y'all are coming with me as well...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKKxPtP6XiO

okay, after a second viewing (i'm just sayin'), i have a couple questions.

all sorts of fuckery to choose from but what the fuck was up with the "host" massaging one of the ahem, judges shoulders during the battle? (PAUSE!!!)

and then the split screen action at around the 2:30 mark...

and then another thing i'm tired of in general which this video brought attention to, is everyone introducing themselves as "ya boy..."

uh, do i know u?

right...

thanks...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

dayummm Stacey!!!





okay Ray, u said u were waiting on me to post some ass on my page so what better way to kick off the festivities than with my future wife Stacey Dash on the cover of the latest King Magazine???

i remember seeing her in the movie "Enemy Territory" with Ray Parker Jr and if the steel trap memory serves me correctly that had to be around late '87, the same time i was introduced to "Hollywood Shuffle", right before "Eddie Murphy: RAW". the movie was TERREEEBLAY! i mean, a movie about vampires in the projects with Ray Parker Jr in the lead role, surely they weren't expecting any Oscars, lol...

but anyway, the only memorable thing about that movie was Stacey and even though she was only 20 at the time i saw the potential. i have a knack for this sorta thing lol...

man did she EVER live up to the potential!! what other reason would i have for sitting through "Moving"? or better yet "Clueless"?

and let's not even mention the Playboy spread. whaddaya mean you didn't see it???

i got u shawty...

stacey doggy style...

and my personal uh, fave...

Stacey's ass...

and she's 42.

yessurrr, u think i'm NOT gonna buy more than 1 copy of King this month???

edit: seems the good ol' folk at photobucket felt like the Playboy pics violated their decency standards so they came and took the pics down. i got a trick comin' fa dey azz though...

Kick Rocks...

my latest work. it's a departure from Eargasms, and another example of my versatility but i'm still keeping my natural DJ sensibilities intact. i was never the type of DJ to just let a record play because that would pretty much classify me as a jukebox, and i think that there are enough of those at your local Waffle House. this is pretty much just me having fun with a few of my favorite rock joints from over the years, mainly the classics but a couple recent joints are in there as well as my interpretation of a couple things that diehard hiphop heads should instantly recognize.

whether this becomes a regular series or not will depend on how many of you respond to it with honest feedback after listening so lemme know what's really good...

Jaycee Sez Kick Rocks!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

One 4 Your Archives: Timeless Material: Michael Jackson, The Soulful Years



THIS mixtape right here was a project that i sat with for quite a few months before deciding to go ahead and put it out in January '06. i thought of the idea to do an Michael mix right when his trial was going on in the summer of '05. not that i necessarily needed anyone's approval but i kinda ran the idea by Drama, Jeanise, and the rest of my Aphilliates crew and my dude Applejac first and they all gave me the same response which was "nigga go for it!"

i coulda slapped a buncha cuts from "Off The Wall" and "Thriller" on it and called it a day, which is precisely what a lot of other DJ's decided to do to immediately capitalize off the media circus that swirled around this musical ICON, but i dared to be different, which has always been a creed that i subscribe to. not on some outlaw type shit mind you, but mainly on some DJ shit in general. i mean, who wants to sound like every other DJ in the city that doesn't respect the craft enough to actually put in the blood and sweat and PRACTICE in to be GREAT at it? certainly not this brotha here, but that's a whole nother post shawty...

anyway...

i had ambitious plans (there i go using that word again) of doing a double CD of all Michael joints and my first working title was gonna be "From Black To White". get it???

if not, it's pretty much self-explanatory, given the various shades of color that his skin has been at different times throughout his career but then i decided against that because i respect this man's music so much that it might've been taken the wrong way. also, i felt like even though the whole world absolutely CHERISHES his music (anyone who tells you differently is a fucking LIAR), 3 hours plus might've just been a TAD too much to digest in one sitting.

so what i did was scour the earth for every Michael/The Jacksons/Jackson 5 album that i didn't already have in my collection. no expense was spared and my girl at the time used to always look at me crazy for coming outta Earwax with stacks of dusty ass wax. she got over it though...

everyone knows "ABC" and "I Want You Back" as those are the obligatory "real old" Michael Jackson cuts that i've heard DJ's (including myself at times) spin at damn near every party i've been to for the last decade, and even WAY longer before that. my ambition (there i go again) with this mixtape was to give light to other joints that people either didn't know or just plain forgot about.

after it was done i sent out copies to Jazzy Jeff and Clark Kent and they both told me that i KILLED it. to have LEGENDARY DJ's like them say that about my mix meant the world because they are 2 of the DJ's that i most admire in this biz. personally, i think i did a pretty good job on it. the perfectionist in me wants to go back and revisit it without all the echoing "Jaycee" drops on it (it was my first big mixtape and i didn't want anyone to bite it so i put my name everywhere possible, forgive me lol.)

some people hail it as a classic, some even refer to it as the "illest Michael Jackson mixtape EVAR!" (stuntinonprose.blogspot.com, THANKS!!)

whatever your personal opinion of it is, i know it made sort of an impact amongst the people here in the streets of Atlanta who enjoy this sorta thing because a group of people that i used to associate with had the gumption to do a MJ themed party a few months right after this joint came out, even using the SAME picture from my CD cover as the basis for the flyer but not asking me to spin at the party on some straight bitch ass shit. (side note: not like i'm the authority on all things Michael but how y'all gonna do a MJ themed party but only play 1 hour of Michael shit? it's funny how a party like that had never been thought of to do in Atlanta until AFTER i did the mixtape. as Busta famously said on the Scenario remix "i see my influence still shinin'')

i also know for a fact that it made an impact around different parts of the world because no matter where i go, whether in the States or abroad people who are in the know about these type of things ALWAYS ask me about it and how can they get a hold of it.

although it's one long mp3 right now, here u go. until i dig up the actual cd this'll have to tide y'all over til then. you can thank me now or thank me later...

Michael Jackson: The Soulful Years