We caught up with rapper, attorney and Howard University grad, Tracey Lee. Recognize the name? If not, the sounds of 1997’s “The Theme (It’s Party Time)” probably will ring a bell. We got Tracey’s thoughts on the trials and tribulations of learning the ever-changing music business, a vintage Notorious B.I.G. story and his long-awaited new album. Peep the story.
words by Will Loiseau
How did you make the transition from an emcee who was active in the game to your current career in entertainment law?
It was a natural progression…it was the business itself. I went into the game just being an artist that wanted his music heard. I didn’t really think about the business aspect…that was the furthest thing from my mind which in hindsight should’ve ever happened. After the first album [Many Facez] I experienced things I never imagined. I thought everything would be all roses but I
started to learn the game. I started to understand publishing and the politics of the game. I began to see things that I really didn’t like. My natural feeling was anger but then I got wise and said let me learn the jargon of the contract I’m about to sign. I did some soul-searching for a couple of years and moved down to Atlanta. It hit me that I had to go to law school to give me a foundation of what the contractual aspect was all about. I graduated and passed the Bar exam and kept going from there. My motivation was about wanting to understand what I had gotten myself into and also to be able to be the eyes and ears for cats coming in the game behind me. I knew my mentality as an artist was pretty much the same as everybody else…I just wanted to get on.
On April 1st the Mobb is scheduled to drop their latest double CD The Infamous Mobb Deep. Today they release a new single with The Lox. Feel this.
In the mid-eighties G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero was one of the best animated series on television. Cobra Commander and Destro vs. the G.I. Joe team were the ultimate battles. A decade later, The Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Cease and DJ Enuff hit the pop top 20 with their double-platinum single. Watch this cover of “Get Money” by Junior M.A.F.I.A. and peep the detail matching the song lyrics and the video. DR. SMOOV and Baroness got this one all the way right. “And knowing is half the battle.”
A documentary video from a UK television show Diary on Passengers features some rare candid 1995 footage of The Notorious B.I.G. Few if any of the movies and videos that have surfaced since his passing have given any in-depth info on his day to day life. This documentary also features appearances from P. Diddy, Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, Junior Mafia and more. Behind the Versace shades this video offers some insight on Christopher Wallace’s relationship with his mom, wife, daughter and people from his Brooklyn neighborhood.
A few weeks ago, DJ Finesse filled in for Primo on his Sirius/XM radio show and played about a 15 minute set of Big verses over classic Premier tracks. Luckily, Finesse laid down an extended mix to keep our heads boppin’. Salute to you Finesse!
Tim Westwood releases a gem of rare video footage 16 years after the death of Christopher Wallace. At the now demolished Hammersmith Palais in London, B.I.G. and Diddy perform “Warning”, “Gimme the Loot”, “Juicy” and other hits in front of a hyped-up capacity crowd.
TMZ recently obtained an autopsy report on the gunned down rapper. It reports that the 24 year old Christopher Wallace, who was listed at 6’1″, 395 lbs, was shot 4 times in a 1997 drive-by shooting as a passenger in a Chevy Suburban. The attack took place on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The killer has still not been identified. Read the rest of this entry
During a 1996 birthday party for Ralph McDaniels, Biggie and Jay-Z perform a classic. Vintage video.
The legendary VJ/director told FUSE:
“Every year, I had a birthday party,” said McDaniels. “I wanted to get B.I.G. to host [it], but really I wanted him to perform. Jay-Z came with the whole Roc-A-Fella crew and they got on stage. I told the DJ, ‘If Biggie gets on stage, play a Biggie song and we’ll get him to perform.’ DJ Ace threw on ‘Get Money’ and the whole crowd went crazy. B.I.G. looks at me like, ‘I guess I’m supposed to perform now, right?’ Jay-Z plays hypeman to B.I.G. on ‘Get Money.’ That just rang through the hood forever.”
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Hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since the passing of one of rap music’s favorite emcee’s. We celebrate with 1995’s “One More Chance (Remix).” Sampling DeBarge’s 1983 “Stay with Me”, this song shot to the top of radio song rotations and the charts. This video featured guest appearances from the late Aaliyah and Heavy D among many others. I know I’m not the only one who wished it would have continued for another 4 minutes into “The What”.