Singled Out: Beanie Sigel, "B-Boy Stance"

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 8:40PM

Written by J. Bachelor for Beanie Sigel

[SOHH highlights a newly-released single each week and offers a unique look at the song. Today, former Roc-A-Fella artist Beanie Sigel breaks down the 5 elements of Hip Hop and explains why he chose to pay homage with the song "B-Boy Stance".]

Break dancing. Rapping. Writin' on walls and trains - graffiti. I did all that comin' up. Let's talk about Cornbread - a Hall of Fame graffiti artist from Philly. I was with the 5 Squad. Outta South Philly. I know my history.  

Yo you know what's crazy? Me, one of my best friends when I was a kid named Ahmed and Tariq [and others]. There was like six of us. We was kids, but back at McDaniel Elementary school in Philly we had a little rap crew. The "something" Squad. I can't remember. Ahmed used to do our beats for us and he used to make our shirts. One time Tariq got suspended and they wouldn't let him perform at a talent show. He came anyway - tears in his eyes and still rocked the show.

People now know Tariq as Black Thought.

I came up listening to cats like Public Enemy and Scarface. Uncle Face is probably one of the biggest influences in my rap career. But it still wasn't cool to be a rapper, because we was getting' money on the block. After a while, it was hard to suppress the talent that was in me: I [eventually] went from selling crack to being in ciphers.

So when you listen to "The B-Boy Stance", that's me paying homage to the rap game and everybody that I could. That's from back when hip-hop was fun. You had your Rakim's, Ghetto Boyz, Tribe Called Quest, cats like that, na'mean? I could see everything I talked about when I wrote that rap -- black on gray Pumas was sueded, pin-striped dungarees, my name-belt read Beans had four-fingered rings. It was like could see it all again when I rapped it.

The idea for this song just came to me in a rush. The way I just jumped in there with the beat and rocked it ... if I left anybody out, I apologize. There are alotta people that need to be mentioned. I ain't reference DMX in there, he need to be in there. The LOX need to be in there too. I played ["B-Boy Stance"] for 50 Cent before it came out. He couldn't believe I made that record in 45 minutes.

Beanie Sigel is a former Roc-A-Fella Records recording artist from Philadelphia. Besides working in music, his film credits include "State Property", its sequel and "Paper Soldiers."

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