Jay Z and his mentor Jaz O have reunited after years of feuding. Jay Z’s 4:44 tour made its way to Chicago’s United Center and the historic moment was captured backstage. Jaz O, NO ID and Jay Z stand side by side fully aware of the moment that they were creating.
Jaz O rose to prominence in the 90’s when he released a song called “The Originators” featuring a young Jay Z. Both artists collaborated on early Jay Z releases.
The legendary feud between them started when Jaz O decided not to sign with Roc-A –Fella. Rumors of Jaz O assisting Nas during the battle he had with Jay Z swirled around for a bit and added to the bad blood between mentor and protégée. After many years of back and forth diss songs and their careers going in different directions it would make sense that this beef would continue way into the future. However; as with most things in life time heals all wounds.
This reunion is significant because of what it means for the culture. Arguably we can say without Jaz O there would be no Jay Z. If this was the case hip hop and rap music would not be what we know today.
If you have ever had the chance to read my bio you would see that I started off as a solo rapper but then formed a group called Nubearth. The group consisted of myself, Creole the Individual and Ideal the Mad Sandpiper (R.I.P)
We made some amazing music. My brother Creole just posted a few videos with a couple of our joints.
The first joint Im sharing with you is called “For The Pickens” S/O to Big Rub on the production. We did this song in one room, with one mic and an Sp1200. WOW!!! Rumor has it that the SP1200 that we used was passed all around Chicago and people like Kanye, No Id and I know for a fact Extreme used it. We did this song in one take.
The next joint is called “Clouds Of Smoke” The back story to this one is actually pretty deep. If you listen to Creoles verse he touches on it. I was a bit more taken back by the situation and created the hook that you hear and my tone in the verse is kinda agitated. S/O to Big Rub for producing this.
It was so much fun making music then just because of the process. We would go to the studio with samples and come out with great songs. Check out “Clouds of Smoke” below.
I continue to make music because of these brothers. There is still so much to accomplish and I continue to hold the torch for Nubearth. This is my family.