"My name is Just-Ice a man not a prankster, I was known...As the gangster; But believe me that is no fun, The time is now to unite everyone. You don't have to be soft to be for peace, Robbin' and killin'and murderin' is the least, You don't have to be chained by the beast; But party people it's time I release!" -- "Self-Destruction" (The Stop The Violence Movement)
August 24th 2010 -- Veteran East Coast rapper, Joseph "Just-Ice" Williams, Jr., is definitely a legend in his own right. Having first exploded onto the Hip-Hop scene, with his Kurtis Mantronik helmed solo debut, Back to the Old School, way back in 1986, the tatted up, muscle bound emcee, with his mouth full of gold fronts, literally put the rap game in a choke-hold.
Born and bred in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Just-Ice, who started out as a menacing club bouncer, is one of the earliest pioneers of the art form to actually embrace hardcore lyricism. His initial lead offering, "Latoya" b/w the ultra raunchy "That Girl is a Slut," landed the, then, aspiring recording artist a lucrative contract with, the now defunct, Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records. Back to the Old School also provided him his biggest hit-to-date, the classic, "Cold Gettin' Dumb."
On his next two solo outings; 1987's Kool & Deadly (Justicizms) and The Desolate One in '89, Ice teamed up with The Blastmaster himself, KRS-One, and the results were astounding. For his fourth and final effort on Sleeping Bag, the appropriately titled, Masterpiece, Just-Ice aligned himself with the legendary Grandmaster Flash.
Albums number five, six and seven, Gun Talk , Kill the Rhythm (Like a Homicide) and VII, bowed in 1993, '95 and 1998, respectively, and since the late nineties, with the exception of a couple of digital download only projects that, unfortunately, flew way too far under the radar, Just-Ice has basically remained completely absent from the industry. That is, of course, until now!
The always controversial Just-Ice and longtime collaborator, KRS-One, have finally reunited, writing and recording a highly impressive brand new five-track EP, simply called, The Just-Ice & KRS-ONE EP Volume #1. In addition, the duo recently shot a video clip for the super-infectious "Blah, Blah, Blah."
Just-Ice is currently available for: Interviews, Show Bookings, Voice-overs, Songwriting, Features & Hooks, DJ Show Commercials, Event Hosting, Radio/TV Hosting, Acting & Commercials, and Public Speaking.
Despite all the rumors, Yung L.A. is still signed to Grand Hustle! ...And for you nonbelievers the King proclaims the public service announcement in a 5 minute intro over a J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League record! Added to this are a gang of street anthems, including 3 that have the streets buzzing "I Deserve This", "Level Above" and "Bussiness". The Grand Hustle family makes a list of guest appearances, including Young Dro, Macboney and newcomer Spodee. Atlien's J-Futuristic, Pill and Slick Pulla also spit flames throughout this Fear Factor Feature Presentation hosted by DJ Smallz aka Mr. Southern Smoke! Crusssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh!
1. Fear Factor Intro feat. T.I. 2. I Deserve This feat. Young Dro & Macboney 3. Level Above feat. Wale & Pill 4. Loft feat. J-Futuristic & Spodee 5. Arm & Hammer 6. Yes I Did 7. Anthem feat. Macboney & Floyd 8. We Do feat. J-Futuristic 9. Datz Whats Up 10. Jacksons & Franklins 11. Ova Here feat. JR Get Money 12. Bussiness feat. JR Get Money 13. Amazing feat. Young Dro 14. SunTrust [produced by DJ Tech-Neek] 15. Bars feat. Spodee & Slick Pulla 16. Strait feat. Jose Guapo 17. Outro feat. DJ Smallz 18. Mob
R.H.Bless is back at it again. This time the Block Exchange boss hits Hip Hop heads off with a brand new street EP titled Hustle & Pray. This 10-track EP is loaded with Bless' ill lyrics and wordplay, and with production from beatsmiths like Shysty Shyst, Philty, Trakdealaz and Hood Riot that is sure to keep your head nodding.
1. Street Mentality 2. On My G Wave ft. Duss Smittoooo 3. All Work No Play 4. Give What You Want 5. This is a Journey ft. Duss Smittoooo 6. Get It All Back ft. Duss Smittoooo 7. Stash Box 8. Dangerous Man 9. Speaks for Itself 10. On Another Note
Tracks like "Seasons" and "Balance" showcase the producer's ability to show his softer side. "Seasons" features disparate harmonies and an occasional sampled "what you want me to do" vocal over melancholy guitar picking that proves Apollo Brown can flawlessly blend genre's of soul and hip-hop. "Real Detroit" and "Streets Won't Let Me Chill" are still influenced by soul, but have much sharper, heavier beats. It's clear Apollo Brown has a lot of versatility as a producer.
Apollo Brown is not finished for 2010; on the contrary, he will be involved with at least two more collaborations by the end of the year. These collaborations include but are not limited to the album Brown Study as half of the group UPS with Boog Brown, and the long-awaited Gas Mask LP as one-third of The Left with DJ SoKo and MC Journalist 103.