Surfing the internet, Biz Jones of SOHH mentioned that Rocafella’s Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek were spotted at a Roc Nation Sports function this week. If you grew up in the 90s, you know that the Brooklyn and Philadelphia representers collaborated on some hits: “1-900 Hustler,” “4 Da Fam,” “You, Me, Him, Her,” and “Change The Game,” easily come to mind!
Rocafella, like the Chicago Bulls were influential to many Generation-Exers. Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek were to Rocafella what John Paxon, Bill Cartwright and Steve Kerr were to the Bulls; quality role players that did key things to make the team a winner!
Beanie Sigel was a boss and still is a boss lyrically, “I Don’t Do Much,” “Feel It In The Air,” and his Jadakiss diss track are surely fan favorites. But before he went mainstream, his peers were keyed in on the South Street Bully.
Appearing on a recent episode of Scoop B Radio, Bay Area rapper, Too $hort recalled being in the studio with Beans while taping the hook for Jay-Z’s A Week Ago. Too Short says he and everyone in the studio were impressed with Beanie Sigel’s talent.“Jay told Beans to come in, Dame Dash, somebody had Beans show up and in the middle of the session at some point – I don’t know if they put a beat on, all I know is he just started rapping,” Too Short told me on Scoop B Radio.
“He [Beanie Sigel] captured the attention of the entire room. As far as I knew, some dude just bust a rhyme in and everybody was like ‘Ooooohhhh!’ But actually, what really happened was: Jay-Z was like “Oh shit!” … and the boy got a deal from that moment. So, it happened something like that but it wasn’t the day I mentioned – That wasn’t right.”
Check out Too $hort and Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on Scoop B Radio
Too $hort’s reaction to Beans after the dropped that verse? “We were like, “ol’ boy ‘bout broke the studio! That shit was dope,” said Too $hort.
“It was just the talk, but that was years before I put two and two together that – that was Beanie Sigel, that was that moment. I had met Beans one day in Atlanta before he was famous and a couple years later, he reminded me, ‘that was me that day.’ It happens like that. “O.G. like me just blow the fuck up and be superstars not too long afterwards.”
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