Remember playing outside with your friends? I do. This past weekend I spent some time outside playing with my nephew and niece (8 and 2 yrs old respectfully) on my old block. The kids brought their scooters with them to the park and that was fun for about 3 minutes. Then we went over to the jungle gym so my nephew could play tag with some other kids. My lady and I kept my niece occupied with slides and a little handball we found.
While in the park I ran into my boy Illanoyz whom you might remember from the first two Heltah Skeltah albums as well as the Boot Camp Click album "For The People" where had a solo track. I haven't seen Noyz in years and he had his children in tow. We took a minute to think back to a simpler time. Noyz remarked that this was where it all started for us. Playing in the parks with one another before we had serious video games. I agreed and realized that that's how we got to know folks from different blocks. Noyz told me that this park was his kids favorite place to play and a few minutes later told them it was time to go. "Yall too big for this park now." All I could do was nod my head and smile. I too, am "too big" for this park now and serve a different role. I'm ok with that, although I do miss those great games of Freeze Tag with my friends.
On my way to work the other day I saw Sean P's younger brother Stutta across the platform on the Q. I aint seen the boy in years! It was a good run in. Then I get to work and see this video. If you like rap you need to peep the boy Sean Price. P!
Check the joint! Kimbo Price in stores soon. Brownsville baby!
I first learned of the brother John Forte' when he produced and featured on an old Brownsville rap record that never saw release. This was the era when I was seriously pursuing a rap career as a part of Population Clique reppin Brooklyn. Forte' was also from Brownsville but unlike the rest of us he was blessed to go to a private school out of the city. When For (as I call him) returned he was all about music. My personal relationship with the boy got strong when he was already in trouble awaiting trial for his fed drug case. I mean sure, I went to his album release for Poly Sci and we have family connections (my big bro Alyasha is his mentor/brother/friend), but this was different. For was working on his second album "I, John" while crafting commercial jingles to make doe. I would go and visit him in the studio to listen to joints and just talk. The boy was very uncertain about his future. When he was found guilty and hit with 14 years we all felt it. It's hard to believe it's been almost 8 years since he went in. Fast forward to Nov. 24th 2008 and I was hit with to quote the homie Young H "The greatest headline ever" George Bush has commuted the sentence of John Forte'. It felt like F*ck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin). I immediately got on the phone and started calling family spreading the good news. Everyone is excited and can't wait to see the young man back home. I'm sure my brother has learned some serious lessons being away from all he loves. I can't wait to talk with him about music, women, the world and just life. We've had other members of our family get sent away and some leave the planet never to be seen again. Alot can change in 8 years.
So, to the man who gave me the nick name "what a difference a Da' makes" I look forward to the day of our reunion and mutual smile. John Forte' is extended Mother Green fam, please make a note of it.
For those of you unfamiliar with my boy's work, peep game.
John Forte feat. Wyclef Jean - Ninety Nine (Flash The Message)
John Forte feat. Tricky - Trouble Again (from the I, John album)
Fugees feat. John Forte, ATCQ and Busta Rhymes - Rumble In The Jungle