Tuesday, May 24, 2011

the story of producing kid hoods "drop the bomb"

im amazed this hasnt popped up earlier.  i brought this up to stretch and bob around 94 (93? 95?) for them to play.  every couple of years i google it to no results.  now, finally, its resurfaced and got people talking.  to understand how it got in to my hands to be produced i have to go back and explain some of my history.  im going to keep it as brief and to the point as possible.

i was kicked out of both high schools i went to and instead of continuing along that path i opted to get my g.e.d. and go to musical engineering school at 16.  it was a place called cma (center for the musical arts) in manhattan.  there i met and became friends with my boy lou.  lou was from hollis queens and we started hanging out up there together.  he thought i had something so he started bringing me around to some of the dudes he grew up with to cut demos and hang etc.  one of those friends was a rapper named anttex who put out a few records on tuff city.  he would later go on to start the record label libra records with the ex accountant of tuff city records and sign as its first or second act company flow.  

before co flow dropped juvenile technics anttex and i combined gear and set up a studio together in manhattan.  anttex was, at one point, friends with kid hood.  not long after he passed, anttex brought the kid hood tape (we were using 6 track cassette recorders at the time) by the studio.  i dont remember how he had it, exactly, but i know he had worked with him so im assuming it was from those sessions.  the tape didnt have a beat.  it was just a vocal.  

i remember that the beat i made for it was supposed to land differently, but because of the shitty set up (6 track cassette decks midi'd to a relatively primitive computer) it wasnt synching up the way we thought it would.  that said, it sounded so raw that i just went with it, and thats what you hear today.  

i remember we were all high as shit listening to this amazing rapper over this beat and feeling like his ghost was in the room with us (again... high).  for those that dont know kid hood, he was about to be the next big thing before he died.  his scene stealing verse on the scenario remix was released posthumously.  for us to have this incredibly rare (and possibly only) demo was almost unbelievable.

ultimately, it never went anywhere but my studio.  later, after i had fallen out with anttex and libra records (shit happens) i brought it up to stretch and bob to play.  i just felt like people should hear it.  

i wish i still had the tape with his vocals on it.  i feel like i could really do it justice now.  that being said there is something special about this song.  glad it resurfaced.  R.I.P Kid Hood


a note:  the timeline is fuzzy for me.  all i really know is that it was made around 92 and that i brought it up to play after 93.

also: big ups to the guys over at T.R.O.Y.

another note:  anttex's real name was darren.  thats who kid hood is shouting out at the end.

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