Random Thoughts : What Happened To The "Next Generation" Off Violator 2.0 @donnieskillz
The second instalment of Chris Lighty's Violator movement was as heavy as the first one and if you may permit, took it up a notch-even though critics said it wasn't as successful. The compilation which dropped in 2001 aimed to blend new rising acts with the established ones and offered a platform for both mainstream and underground acts.
In this piece, I plan on dissecting a song that was featured on the project using the where are they now approach and the contribution they made on the song and in the rap-sphere in general. The song in question is the 6 man posse cut titled "Next Generation". As the title suggests, the song placed the young rising rap acts together with just 8 bars each to represent- as announced by DJ Kay Slay who acts like the moderator. The chief suspects on the song includes Jojo Pellegrino, Cadillac Tah, R.C., Fabolous, Fortune and Remy Martin.
NY native with a very distinct flow. I will admit, the first time I heard of him was on the aforementioned compilation album and he was on 3 tracks (1 solo). His flow on "Next Generation" is surgical, very engaging and he does his thing with the little time he had. I suggest you check out the other joints he was on ("Fiend" and "Grind Season" with Kurupt) to really appreciate the man.
He was definitely next to blow but I don't know what really went down and he hasn't had a huge comeback since then. Although he has some new material out.
Murder Inc member and Ja's right hand man. He was buzzing at the time with his verses on Ja's songs and Murder InC collabos and all. He is not really known for being super lyrical but he is aggressive to the teeth with his style which he displayed on the song.
He did go on to release an album and well Fifty Cent happened and Murder Inc was never the same.
The one time member of the underground group Da Franchise, R.C aka Red Cafe wastes little time in showing how hungry he is on the track. With lines like "Got a tre eight that throws more kisses than Jada/ And a bitch serve the guard proper, hey/ She give me blows under the belt like a dirty boxer". R.C delivers one of the best 8 bars on the entire song.
A close affiliate of Fabolous, Red Cafe worked with him a bunch of times and bounced from label to label. He dropped a handful of mixtapes and even got a small role in the Notorious biopic. He is also an established ghost writer and has penned songs for highly reputable acts in the industry.
First time I heard of Fab was from the old DJ Clue "The Professional" tapes and while his mainstream appeal is apparent, he never gets the due props for actually being a dope emcee. Even I sometimes tend to overlook the man for being able to switch lanes from lush, pop oriented sounds to that New York Gritty vibes without breaking a sweat. This song came out some months before he dropped his debut "Ghetto Fabolous"
With just 8 bars to showcase his skills, Fab comes through with the slickness. His nonchalant flow often hides the intensity in his bars as he kicks off with a very graphic opener. "I come out with fire/Stop, drop, roll out the booth/ The rims come out the tires/ I stop, hop fall off the roof". Very intentional as he kicks internal rhymes with the fireman drill scheme. He follows up with the now outdated Michael Jordan reference "Only thing you should know is that's important/ This playa comin' back with the 4-5, like M. Jordan". I say it's outdated because that was almost 2 decades ago but don't get me wrong, it's still a solid line.
As we all know Fabolous is still doing his thing, with platinum albums under his belt and a record number of mixtapes. His fire is still glowing bright as ever and also that Jadakiss collabo! Need I say more?!
I may be wrong but I think he is also a member of "Da Franchise". I really don't know much about the cat and his verse was pretty ok. Not mind blowing but decent with a few solid lines like "Four chain, Glock on em' with no warning/ Leave ya hood like a circle with no corners".
Yes, the same Remy Ma before she truncated her moniker. This was Remy at her peak though, just a year after she debuted on Big Pun's sophomore album "Yeah Baby". As for her performance, I expected more and to be frank her verse here was "aaight". It felt as if she wasn't really interested at all and her appearance didn't enhance the song at all.
As we all know Remy took some time off in jail, came back with a banger with Joey Crack and beefed with Nicki Minaj. She's still pretty dope and I can only hope for more from the 1st lady of Terror Squad.
In a nutshell, it appears only 2 out of the 6 emcees on this song remained in the general spotlight, while some kept to the underground circuit and others faded into obscurity. 2001 was definitely a long time ago and the industry is changing in ways we can't imagine and it keeps evolving. The least we can do is look back at those who came before now and give them their just dues.
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