Wednesday, March 10, 2010

..My Intro And Re-Intro To This Messed Up Game..



My first recollection from childhood besides my great uncle's funeral was playing records on my grandparents' record player.That same record player cut off the top piece of my thumb,but that's a different story.I got pictures some where of me holding up Betty Wright's Live album and albums by Isaac Hayes and Millie Jackson(yeah do your research),Hot Chocolate,Bob Marley,Jacob Miller..all those and others opened me up to what music can really do as far as expression of thoughts,feelings and everything you could want to do was concerned.I didn't really see where it would fit into my life as a career until my teenage years.I never wanted to be a performer or a musician,but I wanted to be involved in music somehow someway.Watching TV one day,can't remember who's video or documentary it was,but they were in the studio messing with the music.Creating shit..I was like yeah that's me all day right there...

Fast forward to fall 1990..NYC..University Place above D'Agostino's..I'm enrolled in the Institute Of Audio Research.Nine months and several agonizing episodes later I'm out and looking for an internship.My big sister Kim got me my first gig(and my second)..the first was "The Writing Room",where I worked with Lord Finesse,who at the time was working on Big L's demo.This was my first actual session.Then "The Writing Room" shut down(shady dealings),and along came the Apollo Theater.Loved working there.Got to work with Onyx on their first album so of course I got to meet Jam Master Jay(yall know him right?).Did live albums for Public Enemy and Patti LaBelle.Niceness.Then the Apollo got new "Mangement"..everybody's fired!Months go by,I'm living in the Bronx(Parkchester off Metropolitan) and nothing is happening.What the hell?!

1993 Brooklyn,29th & Ave.D.Pager goes off..hit up the corner pay phone."What Up?Who Dis?"..answer.."It's Swift Yo..What You Doing?"..my reply.."Nothing..What You Got?"..his reply.."Umm You Ever Heard Of D&D?".




Few days later I'm sitting in the then office of Doug Grama(studio owner and partner with Dave Lotwin)..brief meeting,showed him that I knew what I was doing.He said "I'll Call You"..I'm Like(to myself of course).."Aight Money"..I'm thinking this cat aint calling nobody,lemme get back to BK and go smoke away my troubles.Get of the train 30 mins later..pager goes off.."212 736 7774".."Hello?"(can't be ghetto might be a job on the other end).."Yeah This Is Doug Grama From D&D"..me.."Hey Doug"..him.."So We Wanna Bring You On,When Can You Start?"..me.."Tomorrow!".."Great..See You At 11am"..Next day I'm there and shit is what I wanted to be messing with from day one..EVERYBODY WAS THERE!..And for any real HipHop head you know that in the '90's D&D was the spot..period.Met every single artist I ever wanted to meet.Couldnt be in a better place..worked on some of the most influential records in Hip Hop..(didn't get credit for most of it but who cares now)...I mean I worked on Classics..Thank God For HipHop.Fast Forward To 2003(yeah I know some of yall want dirt but this Blog aint for that..maybe later..)..end of an era as they say..D&D is shut down..people fade out..change their mind about their life's direction..get old and tired of the bullshit..basically we grow up and see a bigger picture.Me,I move to CA...I worked on One record while I'm out there(Da'Kah,a HipHop Orchestra)..and stayed away from the studio for 3 years.Why?Cause I got tired of the music cats was putting out.I stayed in entertainment..working with a production company that did documentaries and TV shows for Discovery Channel and ended up working for a porn website.CA was a great experience for me,but I was ready for change again...

Now I'm in GA and my industry homies are reaching out to me...them.."Son You Need To Get Back In The Game!"..me.."The Game Is Dead Yall"..them.."Nah Son We Just Gotta Re-Focus And Use Our Knowledge With The Technology,We Can Still Make Paper"...me...."Oh Yeah?..them"YEAH SON!"..me.."Aight What You Got"...

.....Keep Checking In..You'll See What I Been Working On.....Till Then..


LATAHZ

2 comments:

matt said...

get back into the game dammit!!!!!!

Taura Love said...

so proud of you unkledex!
xoxo taura