We would have huge parties at Hi-lows loft in Oakland on High Street. Author Danyel Smith used to live across the hall. She like me was an aspiring writer. He spot and Hi-low's spot were huge places for incredible parties and social events. Hi-Low had super high ceilings. One of his boys put a HUGE parachute to the walls about half way up. Then Hi-Low had this heater that was like a small jet engine. They would start it, and the parachute would catch the heat. All these dudes would come and smoke mad weed and the could would be under the parachute. They would always try to make me stay under the parachute to get me high because I didn't smoke. The after parties after our shows were pretty big and pretty crazy. Hi-Low would always play Israel Vibrations, deep roots reggae, dancehall and Hip-Hop. It was a truly divine time to be young and Black in Oakland. I learned so much about music, life, art, wisdom and the power of people of Oakland.
Those were the years when I met Sunspot Jonz, Living Legends, Davey D, Disposable Heroes of Hip-Hoprisy, Elements of Change, DJ Kevvy Kev, Brian Samson, Eric Arnold, the 4080 crew, The Gavin Convention (music conference) was popping and Thembisa M'Shaka and others made the bay a major hub for Hip-Hop. I'm leaving a lot of people out. But my heart remembers all of you.
With Hi-low out, Rob and I took some of his verses out to do remixes of some of the songs. We did What You Know with Del, and we did Right Turn Down The Wrong Street with Boots (who I met years before The Coup as a DJ from my first DJ crew went on to be his DJ). I also recorded a song with Pep Love and A Plus that also never came out. The Del and Boots remixes were recorded at Jason Slaters house in Cupertino. He is now a well known producer of Rock music (Snake River Conspiracy, Third Eye Blind and Queensreich). But he always was into Hip-Hop and made dope beats. These tracks here were produced by Rob. One of my favorite tracks we made was called Sad Song (about sell out Black people) was produced by another dope DJ/Producer of the time named The Great Gazoo of Squadron Black. It was the only song we ever recorded that Rob did not make. It was right before Hi-low got caught up.
LISTEN: What You Know REMIX Freedom T.R.O.O.P. 187 feat. Del