In light of the upcoming Biggie biopic SOHH sat down with the Notorious B.I.G.‘s first official producer, Easy Mo Bee, to discuss why he was overlooked on the new Notorious film, and what really went wrong with his Bad Boy relationship.
Easy Mo Bee is a Grammy winning producer who crafted beats for nearly half of the Notorious B.I.G’s debut album, Ready to Die.
“I am very integral to Big’s very beginnings. I’m the first producer that he went into the studio with,” he told SOHH. “When we recorded, ‘Party and Bullshit’ and the ‘Ready To Die’ song those were his first times going into a real studio.”
But Mo Bee’s relationship with Sean “Diddy” Combs, then known as Puffy, hit a rough patch when he questioned the production credits on Craig Mack‘s “Flava In Ya Ear” Remix.
“[It] came out and on the record it was printed, ‘Remix by Sean “Puffy” Combs, Chucky Thompson and Easy Mo Bee.’ So I took the record up to the label and I asked [Puffy], ‘What’s this?’ I was like, ‘Yo don’t do that no more.'”
That’s when Easy Mo Bee stopped getting calls to produce for Bad Boy artists. “Sometimes when I think about it maybe he didn’t like that I approached him about that in that way, ” he admitted.
Though he hadn’t seen or worked with Combs in years when Easy Mo Bee got word that a movie was being made about Biggie’s life he wanted to be involved. Working through a consultant, Mo Bee reached an agreement with the producers of Notorious to score parts of the film.
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He signed a contract and was paid in full but Easy Mo Bee was never called in to work. “How do you do a contract with someone, pay them some good money, but the guy don’t actually get to do the work?” he asked. “I thought that was strange.”
Easy Mo Bee is hoping speaking out now may get him some answers about the film and about his past with Sean “Diddy” Combs and Bad Boy Records. “By me doing these interviews, it may stir something up and it may spark him to want to talk to me,” he said. “You know why? It’s because I need my heart to be cleared and free. This is something that’s always been on my heart.”
Even though he didn’t get to lay down the score for Notorious, which will hit theaters January, 16, 2009, Easy knows that he’ll always go down in Biggie’s history.
“Whether I got to be involved with the film or not it actually doesn’t really matter because I am engraved in stone in the legacy of the Notorious B.I.G.,” he said.
“Regardless of who likes it or not, I’m going to go down in history for my connect to that man and the work that I did with him. I’m glad that I was able to work with him.”