Guest Star: "Notorious B.I.G. Really Loved Los Angeles. It Wasn't Because Of An East/West Beef That Anybody Had Fights"
Monday, Dec 19, 2011 3:35PM
[After music producer Damion "Damizza" Young revealed he would include a final conversation with the late Notorious B.I.G. in his Guilty By Association e-book, he now explains what motivated his decision.]
I'm going to tell you exactly why I put my conversation with Notorious B.I.G. in [the book]. I wanted Los Angeles to know how he really felt about [their city].
That guy really loved Los Angeles. It wasn't because of an East/West beef that anybody in hip-hop had fights or did whatever it was. There were personal issues between people. This is a person [that was so special].
I only met Christopher Wallace twice and the two times I met him, he was completely humble and he was so positive. You have to look at it like this. This is after 2Pac was shot. He decided to come to Los Angeles and I remember asking Puffy [Diddy] to do the show at The Palace in Hollywood and he brought Biggie on crutches with him.
They got up on stage and performed "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" and "Crush On You" with Lil Cease and Snoop Dogg was Crip walking in the back [to their performances]. Everybody was there together. There was no East/West beef. It was just issues with people.
That's something I'm trying to [portray] in the book. The perception of what hip-hop is and what hip-hop was is not true. There really was no East/West beef. People like Funkmaster Flex, Irv Gotti and [former Def Jam executive] Kevin Liles, all of the genuises of this business, we all would sit in New York and Los Angeles and say, "How can we get DMX on L.A. radio? How do we get Nate Dogg on New York radio?," and Jay-Z, you're doing the Ruff Ryders tour and Hot 97 Summer Jam and you want Snoop Dogg? I'll put him on the phone with you." So I would introduce Snoop Dogg to Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg would come out for just one verse while Jay-Z's performing.
There was no East/West problem. It was unity. Hip-hop is there to inspire people and that's what I want it to do.
Damion Young, better known by his stage name, Damizza, is a record producer, artist & author known for producing artists such as Ice Cube, Shade Sheist, Snoop Dogg, Korn, Nate Dogg, Ca$his, and Mariah Carey, including Carey's single "Crybaby." Throughout the 1990's, he worked at various California-based radio stations including KHTY and KPWR. His new Guilty By Association e-book is currently available at DamizzaBook.com