The Black Superstar has always been a paradox in American Culture. African-Americans, and many racialized ‘others’, have for a long time held this odd allure as naturally cool, while at the same time suffering the effects of a body that is instantly criminalized. This is a dangerous duality that can serve as simultaneous impetus and hindrance. This polarization drives an ill collaboration between yU and the mysterious outfit known as The Black Opera, hosted by Mello Music Group.
Remix of Deep Inside by PPP feat. SA-RA. Produced by Waajeed and Selan.
I remixed this track for a Mix CD I sold on the road to support the Abundance Album. It had some circulation, but I felt y’all should get a chance to download it in full. I met Taz Arnold while sharing the same London based management. He came out to the D and shortly afterwards, I met him and Major in LA where we recorded “Concrete Nigga.” We recorded in Michael Jackson’s studio where he had a 4 ft. high room over the recording booth for his monkey Bubbles to watch him record — No, Bubbles was not there and the room did not smell like monkey shit. I got some help from the homie Selan on the boards. Two step to this. - Jeedo
Mannie explains who he thinks are the best producers of all time, and reveals who he'd bring back as a hologram.
Part 2 after the jump.
R.A. The Rugged Man speaks about:
- His story (0:17)
- The type of student he was at school (0:41)
- Jobs he's had as a teenager growing up (1:15)
- The key to success (1:49)
- His upcoming autobiography (2:12)
- Why he doesn't have any tattoos (2:43)
- Music he's been listening to (3:24)
- Artists he'd like to collaborate with (4:28)
- The story behind 'Uncommon Valor' (5:33)
- What keeps him motivated (6:38)
Taylor says she is close with the G.O.O.D. Music family after recording on Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.