On the mic, I’m collected and calm / so before you run up, remember - putcha Ballys on.”
I actually left school to be a Gong Show artist. That Gong Show, it brings back so many memories. If they enjoyed your music they would ball up money in small little balls and they would throw the money at you. If you were real good it would be raining money. They were five nights a week. There was the Social Club, the Phoenix, the Other Side, Mr. B's, Flirts, I could make $500 a night at Gong Shows just in tips.
A lot of people think bounce music was kind of like the beginning of hip hop in New Orleans but actually in my opinion it wasn't, but it was the beginning of a definitive style in New Orleans rappers. Prior to that you had the Ninja Crew. These guys had a national record deal and they actually were successful, they just didn't put out a national record and it just sat on the shelves. They did pretty good. That was Gregory D, who is still around, Sporty T who was killed recently, and DJ Lil Daddy who was like 14 years old driving a Mercedes Benz. He was killed maybe about five years ago. Then you had these DJ crews that would show up in hundreds, and maybe a thousand people would show up to see them. You had New York Incorporated, who had Mia X and Mannie Fresh, just to name a few. A lot of these groups would gain notoriety doing high school dances. Everyone knew if they were spinning records at these dances, it was the place to be.
We kind of had a buzz going on on the West Bank. Tim Smooth's neighborhood, Kennedy Heights, used to be at war with my neighborhood in Lincolnshire in Marrero. They would actually fight and shoot at each other. Tim and I, people would always say, "Bust Down, you’re good, but they got this guy named Tim Smooth. I think he can get you." Tim later on told me people would tell him the same thing, "Tim, you’re good but there is this guy named Bust Down - I think he’ll get you." We just ended up meeting and being friends because it was beyond a hood rivalry. We loved hip-hop, and we felt like no one could deal with us.
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