“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending”–Lazarus Long
I gotta admit…I was getting a little dusty last week when Nico wrapped up our Feed the Beast promotion. It started as a way to spread awareness of the debut album No Beast So Fierce (did we mention it’s for sale?) and evolved into this new showcase for Nico’s growing skills as an MC who can literally do just about anything on the microphone.
He’s actually performed a few from this collection (“Cannon,” “Dey Know”) and will probably add a couple more to the repetoire (my vote is for “Whoa” and “Only You”). I recorded about 80% of these songs but still listen to them from a fan’s perspective cause my homie just pulled out new blades each week to carve these beats up. It’s been fun to watch people make requests, leave comments on MySpace and at 33jones, and give Nico the props he really deserves as one of the best MCs on the come-up. So I wanted to use my little free computerized bloggin’ ass platform to thank EVERYONE who listened, commented, requested, inspired, loathed, ignored, obsessed, and discovered Nico through this quick little promotion that became much bigger than hearing some chicken parm eatin’ dude from South Philly rap every week.
And if you haven’t had enough of Clean Guns, you can head over to my MySpace page to check out the new song I put called “Nada.” Produced by Jonathan Ogden impersonator and Beat Garden in-house monster Alex Wood, this was originally slated for my album Fall Back Friday but fits perfectly on the wild-as-all-hell-and-completely-random mixtape Bring Me the Head of Zilla Rocca dropping in September!
“Nada” was actually recorded last summer, performed a couple times live, highlighted on 215hiphop.com and then re-worked, re-edited, re-recorded, forgotten, revitalized and re-mixed just a couple weeks ago! Nico does some overdubs on the hook and DJ Jason Famous adds some key scratches. Check it out!