Rapper Treach shocked longtime Naughty By Nature fans when he blasted bandmate Vinnie (aka “Vin Rock“) and claimed Vin had been “fired” from the group via Twitter earlier this week. Vin responded by tweeting that you “can’t fire the owner,” which has prompted Treach to release a diss track aimed at his longtime partner called “Tall Midget,” and he explained to AllHipHop why he’s fed up with Vinnie. “We never wanted to be the group that goes though anything that we can’t resolve on our own, or anything else,” Treach explained. “Nobody—me being Treach, Kay [Gee] and Vin [Rock] being Vin – is larger than the group. We came [in] on some ego-free sh*t. Now, when somebody comes and gets larger than the group, it’s gonna be a problem.”
“If you see any of our albums, it says ‘written and produced by Naughty By Nature,’” he continued. “Because, homie you, [Vinnie], was somebody that was over there beat-boxing and break-dancing and any lyrics you had anywhere, was written for you. Don’t never get larger than the group. The producer and the writer of the group are always like ‘we, we, we,’ not ‘me, me, me.’ Even if you don’t do sh*t, we gonna make sure you taken care of for the rest of your life.” Treach also revealed that he and Vinnie haven’t really interacted on a personal level in about two years.
We got a feeling JoJo Simmons doesn’t have a publicist, or at least doesn’t listen to him or her. Reverend Run’s oldest son recently got hemmed up by some Juelz Santana affiliated goons in Queens. Now, JoJo has commented on the incident, sort of. While bigging up his boy upcoming music video, JoJo was asked to address ths incident in Queens. Over the weekend, after previously dropping a Juelz Santana diss called “Holy Water” earlier in the year, one of the Harlem rapper’s Skull Gang members, Hynief, ran up on Diggy‘s brother, put the paws on him and decided to take a photo of the incident. “Guess who I caught y’all Lil punk A$$ Jo Jo that made the diss track look at his face when he ace! #facts shouldn’t pop sh-t if u not bout that life real ni–as don’t care who u related too f-ck ni–a,” read the caption of the flick on Instagram.
To his credit, Simmons didn’t fall into the trap of talking big ish now that he was surrounded by his own set of goons, a couple of who even claim to be a Crips. However, Simmons commentary wasn’t exactly “humbling” and surely the Rev would not approve of such rhetoric. “All I been around is money all my life. I aint’ been around that thug or that gun sh-t all my life, that’s not what I do,” explained JoJo What I do is I count money, and I f-ck b-tches, and I travel the world, and that’s what I do. I’m not on that violent sh-t.”
Ron Browz may be best known for his Auto-Tune-heavy singles released over the past decade, but he’s also served as a producer on some classic records. During an interview with Montreality, the Harlem, New York native reflected on producing Big L‘s “Ebonics” and Nas‘ “Ether,”as well as the “Last Real Nigga Alive.” Browz explained that he met Big L on the street to record what would become “Ebonics,” included on the 2000 LPThe Big Picture. ”I knew about Big L from just being in Harlem. He was one of the artists from Harlem who had deals. You could probably count on one hand – maybe two hands – how many artists from Harlem had deals and stuff like that and Big L was one of them. So I was kind of familiar with his work,” he said, recalling how they first met. “Just hanging out actually around the corner, me and my homie, and he just walked by and we just approached him like, ‘Yo, I got some beats.’ He came upstairs, the first beat he heard was ‘Ebonics.’ He laid it down on cassette in the house, and then we went to D&D Studios the next week and recorded the official single, ‘Ebonics.’” He said that getting placements in the early ’00s wasn’t easy and that he had to supply Nas’ travel agent with a beat CD to secure production on “Ether.” Browz explained that he didn’t submit the beat with the “Fuck Jay-Z” sample on it, and that it was added after he learned that it would be a diss track.
“At the time, I didn’t really have a name for production. I just had did ‘Ebonics.’ We reached out to Nas’ travel agent. Back then, you had to do whatever you had to do to give a beat CD to an artist. You ain’t really see them… You ain’t gonna see Nas on a random day walking around like you see artists now. So we gave it to a travel agent. He held the beat for a while, and then a couple months later told me to come to the studio and it was ‘Ether.’ I didn’t know it was going to be a diss record until I got to the studio and he played it for me. A lot of people think it was premeditated. They act like I put the ‘Fuck Jay-Z’ at the beginning so they htought it was premeditated by me.” Browz is currenlty prepping the release of his upcoming album Etherboy: Browz Reloaded that spawned the single “Swervin’” last October.
Watch the full interview below.