RIP Christopher Wallace. On this day 16 years ago, one of the greatest- if not the greatest- rappers of all time was gunned down in Los Angeles. Though B.I.G. died that night, his words echo to this day, touching millions. He was blessed with a gift, which he in turn passed on to us. His appeal was universal. Just read the comments on any youtube video- there are people checking in from all over the world.
I still remember the day I bought Ready to Die. I thought it was just another album, one I'd listen to for a bit and then forget about. I bought it used, almost an afterthought. I didn't know that by the end of the week I'd know the words to every song, nor that I'd still know them to this day. "My man Inf left a tec and a nine at my crib..." You know the rest.
B.I.G. told stories that never got old, jokes that never got stale, and rapped with a flavor that is fresh to this very day. Most importantly he was himself. He talked about what he knew, who he was, what he went through. And he did so with such honesty that we all could relate. He spoke with raw human emotion. No matter where you came from, he pulled you into his world and showed you what he saw. And we all learned from it. I, for one, was inspired by it.
So thanks, Big- and go easy on the "goodie goodies" up there.
This is gonna be a crazy show! I'll be performing a ton of songs off of Live Free or Die & I've got some killer acts coming to rock with me as well. Get there right at 8 though- we're starting this thing early so that I can be offstage early enough to party with you maniacs before last call.
And if that doesn't sound awesome enough, I'll also be giving away a pair of Bruins tickets to one lucky fan.
See you there!
2012 was a thoroughly kick-ass year for Uncle Sam & hip-hop in general. It was really the first year that I flipped the switch from rhyming as a hobby to truly pursuing it as an art form and a career that I can stake my legacy to. None of this would have been possible without the support from YOU, my fans though. So as we start a new year & a new chapter in this journey, let’s take a moment to reflect on the past.
- The Learning: 2012 marked the release of the first official Uncle Sam music video, to accompany the freestyle over the Mobb Deep song of the same name. Havoc’s one of the most underrated producer’s of all time. I plan on working with him personally one day.
- Live For Today: Speaking of producers, last fall I released the first song my main collaborator, Pastime, and I recorded together. This track not only launched a successful musical relationship, but speaks to my outlook on life and the foundation for my motivation. Don't put off for tomorrow.
- The Knitting Factory: This was probably my favorite moment of the year. My first real show, and it was at the famous Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. A lot of you came out & we tore it up, highlighted by this sing-a-long to Get With It. Can’t wait to come back & do it again.
- Just Hip-Hop's Launch: There’s tons of great hip-hop out there, and the genre’s constantly evolving. As fans, we only have so much time though. JHH isn't a website, so much as a constantly evolving (and interactive) playlist of dope hip-hop, both new and old.
- Live Free or Die: My debut & the foundation we're building off as we head into the future. They say the first step is always the hardest. Well now that that's out of the way, let's get this thing moving.
I haven't been this excited about a new year in a while now. 2013 is gonna be a wild one.
The time has come. I can only hope you get as much out of this as I've put into it. So check it out. It's free to listen. Free to download. All I ask is that you do one thing in return: Spread the word. Put it on your mp3 player and take it with you wherever you're going this weekend. Post it on your facebook wall. Play it for a friend. Tweet about it. E-mail it to your crazy uncle. Whatever. Just rock the fuck out with me. This is only the beginning.