Kid Tsu

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fuck Action Bronson!

In the making of "The Chase" album, one of my musical goals was to produce the ultimate posse track. (Think: Crooklyn Dodgers or Don't Curse)

So, I had the beat in mind and thought about who I should CHASE to feature on the track.

The first MC that I knew had to be on the track was Jeru The Damaja. He had been a favorite of mine for a long time, and I initially wanted him to be on a track of his own for "The Chase" but came to the conclusion that he would be a hot way to finish the album, the last verse on the last song of "The Chase". When I knew Jeru would be on the joint, I also came to the conclusion that the last track, the posse track, would also be the title track.

Buckshot and Chubb Rock were then easy choices. I knew Buckshot would be a great lead, but was uncertain on how he would handle the speed of the track. Trust me, when i received that wav file and laid it over the beat for the first time, I had a new appreciation for the skills of the BDI MC. I was truly amazed. Chubb Rock has always been a favorite of mine, so I was quite confident of the good job he eventually did on the track.

My final MC, that i wanted at the 3rd spot, I wanted someone current, who still could hold it down with my favorite MC's. Therefore Action Bronson was the automatic choice. I got in contact with his then manager Dante Ross through Twitter, gave him the money, and he promised me Bam would be good to go. I was probably pestering Dante for about a good month to get my verse. Then I find out, Bam had changed his management. So I was now CHASING a dude named Dro Greindstein. (Action Bronson was not acknowledging me for most of this whole time) Dro was actually really cool, and would be in regular contact telling me what was going on. Long story short, in the end, Bam decides not to do the verse, as he has now been signed to a major, and doesn't have the time to complete my verse. After more time, I finally get my money back, 3/4 of it. Bam tells me Dante kept 1/4. Dante tells me Bam is lying. I can't be bothered anymore and call it a loss.

So instead, I enlist the services of Pharoahe Monch, who worked out to be the same price as Action Bronson and probably has like 20x the skill and talent. Pharoahe does his verse within 2 weeks. (Like most of the other professionals on "The Chase") The song is much better off for having Pharoahe on it.

Anyway, as a thank you for being one of my subscribers, I want to give it away to you free, no strings attached.

Download the title track "The Chase feat. Buckshot, Chubb Rock, Pharoahe Monch & Jeru The Damaja here.

If you like the joint, you might want to consider checking out the whole album, "The Chase". It's full of the best MC's in the world that i would like to think makes Action Bronson pissed off that he now ain't on it.


Kid Tsu

"The Spirit of Charizma is in the Building Tonight!" .. What? Through me?

I can't exactly remember which year it was but i think it was about 2004. Peanut Butter Wolf and Madlib were touring, and playing at the Rosemount Hotel in North Perth. I was on support that night, I used to rap as well before getting into beats, so I was performing that night over my own beats. Like any other rapper, I dreamed of hitting it big and landing that killer record deal, but seemed like a long way away at that point.

Anyway, I was extremely nervous that night, smoking a lot of cigarettes before my performance and drinking a little bit too much. I had big ideas on how i would open my performance, coming out full of confidence and opening really big, but that didn't happen. I mumbled out a "hello" to everyone and got straight into my performance.

What I didn't realise, was that Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf were sitting on stage with me to my right watching my whole performance. This wasn't really the done thing by the main act, as they would normally be too busy thinking about how their own set was going to go.

Anyway, I caught on that they were watching, and saw that they were nodding their heads. That gave me a little more confidence, and i was able to perform the rest of my 7 song set quite well.

They caught up with me after my performance, which was also before theirs, and gave me props for the dope beats i had put together. Admittedly they weren't down with my Australian accent in the rhyming factor, but they really dug my beats. (So much so, Madlib actually stole my 808 hi hat thing i was doing with my beats in that particular set!)

They both also let it slip to friends of mine, that I reminded them of their friend and rapper Charizma. (Apparantly I had the same look in my eyes). They later announced that they were happy to have the "spirit of Charizma" in the building tonight. It felt good that they were talking about me, and that I reminded them of their good friend.

I was a bit floored at the end of the night, so I was spending a lot of time just on my own, pondering exactly what was going on. It was really nice to see Madlib, who was surrounded by fans, breakaway from them and give me a handshake, just to let me know he remembered me, and enjoyed my performance.

It was at that point I realised, I am supposed to be doing what I was doing, musically. Madlib is a great influence on me and i really admire his work. To have him show me respect for the work I was doing spoke volumes to my soul.

I was really suffering at that point, and for that to happen, it really gave me the strength to continue on with my musical journey.

If you would like to hear the most recent milestone in this journey, click here to listen to my debut album, "The Chase"