You Like Jay-Z? How about Jaz O or Sauce Money?

By Mic Cool

So whatever happened to standouts Jaz O and Sauce money?

Let’s start with Jaz who was also a record producer. He began as a mentor for Jay-Z starting in 1990. They had a song called “Originators” which spawned a fast flow. At this time Jaz had a successful hit “Hawaiian Sophie”, but it was a little too flashy as he was known for more of a gritty style hailing from Brooklyn and all. It kind of felt like he was selling out. As Jigga started rising through the ranks of the underground rap scene he dropped his debut album Reasonable Doubt. On this album both Jaz and Sauce rapped on the track “Bring it On”, to which he claimed he wasn’t even suppose to feature. At the time he didn’t have a deal and refused to sign with Dame Dash and Roc-A-Fella Records. He wrote his part on the spot and recorded his verse in one take at the reques,t or other words “yelling”, from the CEOs of the company. Jay-Z and Sauce Money already had their parts written. Now Jaz produced Jiggas break through hit “Ain’t No Nigga”. Rumor has it Clark Kent and a lot of other producers tried but could not loop the beat. Jaz found the correct pitch and note so the hook would sound good in the song. He went on to feature on a couple of Jay-Z albums most notably “Jigga What (Originators 98)” off of Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life, bringing back their quick delivery. Jaz and Sauce Money both we’re gonna sign to Roc-A-Fell but didn’t trust Dame or Kareem Biggs Burk and weren’t satisfied with the amount that they were receiving. Apparently when the Nas vs. Jay-Z feud started, Jaz supposedly supplied Nas with info to use against Jay in the huge dis record “Ether”.

 Sauce Money featured 1st on the Big Daddy Kane song “Show N Prove”. Big Daddy was also a mentor to Jay-Z so Sauce an Jay linked up for a couple joints, the most famous being the posse cut “Reservoir Dogs” along side Jigga and the Lox with Beanie Sigel. Money is said to be credited as co writer for the chart topping single “I’ll Be Missing You” performed by Puff Daddy off of No Way Out.

What are they doing now. Well Jaz makes his money through stocks, properties, luxury goods, yachts, and private airplanes. Sauce is still making music underground helping young artists. Think about all the classics they could’ve made together and separately if cooler heads prevailed we’ll never know but appreciate what they put down already in the past. Roc-A-Fell y’all!

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Why did Tupac create Makaveli?

Tupac Shakur Makavelli
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By Mic Cool

In November of 1996, 2 months after he was killed, Tupac Shakur released his first posthumous album under the pseudo name Makaveli entitled Tha Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. 

Let’s start with why 2pac went under the alias Makaveli for just this album in 1996. When incarcerated at Clinton Correctional facility circa 1995 he read a lot of books one influenced him the most; The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli was an Italian philosopher from the Renaissance Era whom is credited with the creation of modern political science. In his book The Prince, Machiavelli described immoral behavior, such as dishonesty and the killing of innocents, as being normal and effective in politics. The book gained notoriety due to claims that it teaches “evil recommendations to tyrants to help them maintain their power”. This is basically the philosophy of lying, cheating, or doing whatever you need to get ahead or to control your power over others. Due to the anti political message, The Prince made Machiavelli the target of the state leaders of the time, this lead to the belief that Machiavelli faked his own death in order to trick his enemies into thinking he was dead witch is another reason people believe 2Pac is still alive. 

In 96 he released a crowning achievement “All Eyez on me” a double disc but months later Tha Don Killuminati: the 7 Day Theory was recorded in six days and written in three, showcasing 2Pacs tremendous work ethic. Now something else that’s interesting is in the title; “Don Killuminati”. Supposedly the illuminati was and is a secret group within the entertainment business sacrificing artists if they don’t bow to their orders hence kill the Illuminati or, Killuminati. 2pac at the time was trying to end the East vs West war and leave Death Row Records, stopping the violence by bringing peace. Although he was still in a battle against Bad Boy Records, he claimed this was only meant to boost sales and create controversy.

This LP represented his artistic resurrection. Known for being very tounge in cheek it opened up with a scathing dis record “Bomb First” (My 2nd Reply) fresh off the heels of “Hit em up” it goes hard, sending shots at a lot of East side/ New York artists such as the Notorious BIG, Junior Mafia, Puff Daddy, Nas, Jay-Z, and Mobb Deep. The next track was the prolific “Hail Mary” where he details his demise, eerily he died 2 months earlier in September in Las Vegas at a Mike Tyson boxing match. “Toss it up” featured the R&B duo K-Ci and JoJo, a follow up to the smash hit “How Do U Want it”. Track 4 “To Live and Die in L.A.”, described why he loved Los Angeles, California and why he wouldn’t mind dying there. “Blasphemy“ questioned religion and why god would allow evil to happen to the urban community for so long. “Life of an Outlaw” and “Just like Daddy” are both posse cuts with his road dogs The Outlaws, telling everybody who they were while talking that thug literature. “Krazy” was a heartfelt song asking his mom for forgiveness and celebrating the homies he lost to the struggle. “White Manz World” pretty much was him saying the white man, the government, the cops, do nothing but harass African Americans and they were fighting back. “Me and my Girlfriend” is the original Bonnie and Clyde. Talks about a girl down to ride with him, or as many interpreted, he was talking about his gun. “Hold ya Head” gave hope for the future while “Against All Odds” not only closed out the album, it bottom lined his attitude after being shot and double crossed. 

Makaveli was 2Pacs fifth studio album, released just nine months after the iconic double disc, All Eyez On Me. This was the third of three albums he owed Death Row Records to fulfill his contract. The RIAA has certified Tha Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory 4x Platinum. 

Rest in paradise 2pac, thug life lives on.