18 years ago..I was running around all over trying to find my place, paying my dues in this complex puzzle called show business plus everyday life in general. A couple of years earlier, I heard rumblings of a release in the making and as a result was very blessed to be at the right place at the right time to land a gig as an intern at Interscope; just in time for this iconic release to be unearthed (Thank You Mike Heat for the opportunity and believing in me …Salute). What’s funny is that I wasn’t looking for a gig.. It just happened because I was looking for white label promos to break. It was very organic how it all happened. Bear in mind, I was moonlighting at Virgin-EMI (but managed to work equally hard for both imprints and other indie projects). I was very excited to work behind the scenes in street promotion and doing the leg work right next to an awesome collective for this release and future classics for the label. I still listen to this album during my workouts and a sea of memories are instantly revisited. One of the most sonically tuned and clean productions that raised the bar. Happy Anniversary #drdre #2001 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #unique74 #djaski #flashbackfriday
As the holiday seasons approach, I’m working 10x harder in my weekly routine. I cut the white potatoes and white rice for a few months in addition to no creatine or protein powder for a year. Drinking lots of alkaline water and sneaking in 8hrs of sleep to replenish. Cheers.
A day without learning is another day robbed. Keep it productive. Team Monday. #unique74
Hahaha..paparazzi on the job!! Yours truly third wheel to the left. Classic building with the big homie sensei master teachers @djrontrent @grimyz Salute!! Shout out to Kristi Lomax (who was digging with us earlier) and the good brotha at the far end. That vendor had the HEAT heat!!! Facts!! #unique74 Repost @4cratediggers Legends 🙌🏻 #cratediggersla2017 @discogs @lot613 @themerchpro @mastersounds @pioneerdjusa @ortofon_dj @grimyz @djrontrent #communitybuilt
On the Shaw..no filter. Feels good being back at my original gym. Only the great ones enter those doors. #fitness #vegan #discipline #longterm #unique74
A thought triggered to the priceless moments of my Music Professor that taught Classical and Jazz. Just imagine having to write review on going to see #TootieHeath (while the man himself stops the show midway just to acknowledge your OG mentor that you’re hanging with in the audience ..over the top..). My professor made it a point to drive the genius of #FreddieHubbard and the #bebop movement into our subconscious. Naturally, I passed both courses with flying colors. Reflective mood. #mood #jazz #unique74
A man of value deserves full quality and cooperation. In the meantime until that happens.. up in here handling my business on these blends (what else is new?). Mumbai Pav Bhaji Curry and Turnips. #cuisine #vegan #fitness #djlife #unique74
Honorable Mention: People carelessly use the word “classic” in today’s world of microwave culture yet never prepared a home cooked meal. There are hot items of the month and there are important movements of a lifetime. This release shook the stratosphere (alongside Public Enemy’s “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”) while being an embodiment of the most celebrated and boldly definitive years of 87-88. Street smart, musically colorful, lyrically superior and rich in soul. All along they knew we gotta “make em’ clap to this”. This release was a movement…”I ain’t no joke”. Happy 30 Year Anniversary of the iconic release “Paid In Full”. #paidinfull #ericbandrakim #unique74
Levels. Morals, strength, code, character and principals aren’t found in the VIP section. Sorry to break it to you. Know the difference. Highly paid and highly respected are two different conversations. Let that sink in.