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So I upped a short video of  Percee-P’s  ‘Nowhere Near Simple’ joint on Instaglam a while back and the producer, Shazam-X messages me showing love. We get talking and Shazam, we made it happen.  So here we have a dope, 8-tracker, including some extremely hard to find pieces as well as a couple unreleased bangers for your noggin.

 

 

For more info on the man like Shazam-X, peep this short interview we did:

 

 

Where did you grow up? I know you rep the BK – but what specific neighborhood?

 

Actually I’m originally from East New York Brooklyn and then later on moved to Harlem NY. When growing up in Harlem I’m originally from 139th & 5th ave. I grew up with and also knew artists like Herb Mcgruff, Big L, Mase, Cam’ron, DJ EZ Rock, Rob Base and plenty other Harlem artists.

 

 

What are your earliest recollections of the culture ?

 

Funny thing is my earliest recollection of hip hop didn’t start in the USA for me, it started in Jamaica WI [edit: where he moved at the age of 5]. I’m also half Jamaican and my first hip hop experience started in Jamaica. That’s where I first heard King Tim the 3rd and Rappers Delight. As a little boy I use to always love hanging around DJs and watching them set up the equipment. I was fascinated with the lights & the knobs, so that’s kinda how it all started for me. Just a kid fascinated with equipment.

 

 

Did you have older cats around you, cousins etc who exposed you to hip hop music/culture?

 

Once I came back to the America’s one of my grandmother’s best friends son use to babysit me and he was a dj and he basically taught me how to blend records together and the whole timing approach to being a good dj. Then my family moved to Flatbush Brooklyn and while in school my cousin introduced me to this dj guy named Tony Tee and he taught me the basics of more blending and also he taught me how to scratch. After being around Tony so much, I got really good so my mom asked me one year what did I want for X-Mas and I said a dj setup and she bought me one. After that the rest in history.

I read you started off as a dj in 84.

 

 

When did you get yr first paid gig and what was it?

 

I actually started my dj career around 82-83. My first paid gig was a basement party in my building when I lived at in Flatbush, BK. Me and a few of my friends threw the party and charged people to come in. Eventually the cops shut us down because of complaining neighbors lol. I might’ve made $150 that night and that’s how the whole party dj thing started for me.

 

 

When did you first get into producing and did you come up with anyone else?

And what was the earliest recording gear you copped?

 

I actually got in to production because of my boys Ultramagnetic MCs. I was really tight with them and use to go to all the shows and studio with them all the time. Sometimes I would even dj shows for them. Well, being in the studio with them all the time kinda sparked my interest in production. The lights, the faders, the mix board all caught my attention. So when they were recording Critical Beatdown I was there for the whole process and my boy Ced Gee would teach me things about production. A lot of people don’t know Ced was a beast with the production. He’s the one who actually produced BDPs first album but keep that on the low, lol. So basically because of Ultra that’s the beginning of my production career.

 

 

What was your first record out and how did that feel?

 

My first record I ever made was with a group called Two Tuff MCs, there were 4 of us in the gr