Video: Rakim/EPMD Had Their Masters Held Hostage

The new Gasface video recounting the story of PowerPlay Studios and how Rakim and EPMD had their masters held hostage:

This one takes place where Rakim recorded the whole Paid in Full LP, where Nas did the first of It Ain’t Hard to Tell’s many versions… Fat Joe, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Run-DMC, BDP, Biggie, and Jay-Z also laid classic verses here.

This studio was called Power Play until it was sold in 98. In Ya Ear is the new moniker, Joell Ortiz, Cory Gunz and Cormega are some of the regular customers… Rob and Ax, the new bosses, shares thoughts on the vast legacy of this joint.

Greatest moments include the (long) making of The Big Picture, Big L’s posthumous album, by his friend and mentor Lord Finesse.

Baddest moments ? Power Play was sold for a reason : the old owner was fed up with rappers and labels not paying their studio time. That’s why he kept each and every reel until somebody paid the bills. That’s why Rob and Ax ended up with dozens of masters from Finesse, EPMD, Rakim, etc.

I’m sure you’ve started guessing : the treasure was sitting here, and… something bad happened. In a New York Minute.

Previously: Lord Finesse on Big L’s Murder (Full) (Video)


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19 Responses to “Video: Rakim/EPMD Had Their Masters Held Hostage”

  1. Dewill Says:

    Sade’s regular speaking voice sounds very man-ish[||] if needed

    If I was smashin she would not be allowed to make noises or talk dirty, only sing

  2. PastorKerneyThomas Miwacles Says:

    *currently listening to Iron Man – Black Jesus*

    *spazzing the fridduck out in the office*

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Ironman was the first hip hop album i heard all the way through. I became a Wu fan and east coast rap fan in general for life. This was very harmful to my coolness being in Texas tho. I would proceed to not make many friends as the Master P and No Limit era would evolve and brainwash the entire state to tune out the illness of east coast rap.
    Being a hip hop purists in Dallas = Pain and Torture (no jada)

  3. landlord Says:

    Video: Rakim/EPMD Had Their Masters Held Hostage

    ————-

    Confederate Flag FTL

  4. Mr. Amber Lamps Says:

    You niggas are gay, plain and simple.
    Fantasia before Sade?!…..who before Fantasia? Carl Winslow?….Starla from Napoleon Dynamite?
    I’m going to take a piss, get it together by the time I get back.

  5. RIGZ Says:

    i wonder what possessed biggie to spit that Biz rhyme at the start off that song…shit was perfection

    “Ha ha ha ha haa…..”

  6. b-ease Says:

    This nigga Collin said “Carl Winslow”.

    Not that this needed to be said, but, I’m out.

  7. landlord Says:

    isnt Carl Winslow a man?… we talking bout Fannie and Fo’Head… who here is talking about mens?

    coonery?… Tribe?… is that You?

  8. Wesley Pipes @ Blackpipelayers.com Says:

    ^Is that really Wesley? Mississippi Born and Bred…

    I dont want to go to that website…for fear of seeing Flagpole size Penises courtesy of Lex and Jus Slayer…

    NO HOMO

    ^^^^^^
    WHOOOAAAA…….naw homie thats just a random name i use to comment under LOL never been to mississippi or blackpipelayers.com

    but that nigga has smashed all my fav porn chicks so i do idolize him (II,II,II) . Infact, i’d say i live vicariously thru him (II,II,II,II)

  9. Troyvul Says:

    In all honesty when I saw that name..I thought it was coons

  10. nestle snipes Says:

    mediatakeout.com/f649f3527d6f14b3/1263908936jigga_jeep1.jpg

    ^Jay-Z not being drivin in a maybach? Or not pushing the Phantom?

    SMFH…Even Ross got a maybach and chopped phantom…and he’s worth 1/4th of jay-z.

  11. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    This nigga Collin said “Carl Winslow”.

    Not that this needed to be said, but, I’m out.

    ^
    Lmaooo

    Collin is the mvp commenter of Feb (II)

  12. Mr. Amber Lamps Says:

    i wonder what possessed biggie to spit that Biz rhyme at the start off that song…shit was perfection

    “Ha ha ha ha haa…..”
    ^to me, and I could be wrong, it sounded like some bars he already had floating in his head. The “ha ha…” I’m assuming was to pair with the word “biz”arre in the second part of the bar.

  13. illuminati by nature Says:

    jada and styles nice with the back and forth

    ***ayo!

  14. b-ease Says:

    @collin

    Those first lines on Whats Beef are Biz Markie lines.

  15. Mr. Amber Lamps Says:

    I just find it baffling that you’d say Fantasia is fading Sade. I know you got issues with light skint women Land but c’mon. In some capacity you’ve fucked a “Fantasia” before and see her type almost bi weekly (depending on where you live). No way on God’s green earth is what you wrote a factual statement.

  16. Mr. Amber Lamps Says:

    @collin

    Those first lines on Whats Beef are Biz Markie lines.
    ^*plays it off cool*
    I knew that shit man? I was just sayin he always wanted to use that rhyme and it was in his head.
    *mutters*fuckinennalsandhisfuckinhearserapshopeyacavaliercatchAIDsnigga

  17. landlord Says:

    @collin

    Yo Fam …its not that serious and deep rooted… i just prefer Fantasia to the old hag …. they are (were) both beautiful sisters …

  18. cOLD Says:

    Fantasia got a phatty… Sade not so much.

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