Thursday, October 20, 2005

Extra Prolific : Give It Up (from First Sermon 12")





Extra Prolific : Give It Up (Jive, 1994)
Souls Of Mischief : That's When You Lost (I Ain't Trippin Remix) (Jive, 1993)
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Even if they actually had an album out in 1994, Extra Prolific is the group that no one seem to remember when talking about the Hieroglyphics. And when they mention them, a lot of people don’t realize that Extra Prolific was a group. Since Snupe was the only MC of the duo and he also produce a lot of tracks, it’s easy to forget that some producer named Mike G was also in the group, but left shortly after the first album was released, probably to form a supergroup with Jarobi...

Extra Prolific didn’t left an unforgettable mark in the history of the crew. Their track record, besides the four-mics album “Like It Should Be” consist of a remix of That’s When You Lost, two guest spots on Casual’s album, one song on the Low Down Dirty Shame soundtrack and the beat of You’re In Shamble.


Snupe was suddenly kicked out of the crew, the Hiero issued a press release on christmas eve 1996 at 9:40PM (who has time to send a press release on december 24th ?) to officially annouce his departure “due to musical differences” What does that mean ? Did it take two years for them to actually listen to his album ? His music was obviously very different from the rest of them since the beggining. This texas transplant had a west coast feel that made him different from the Oakland natives, as you can hear on the B side of his first single, Give It Up.

But the persistent rumour was that he was fired because he had an affair with Casual’s sister ! He thought the Hieroglyphics was like a big family ! It’s probably not true, but at least it’s funny, like that other rumour about Del shopping his demo around LA claiming to be Ice Cube cousin’s, even thought they didn’t know each other ! From what I heard, Cube had to ask his mom if that kid was really his cousin. Hey, I don’t know if it’s totally bogus or if it actually happened, so don’t be dumb like me and don’t repeate anything you’re told.

10 comments:

Kevin said...

I don't have any hypertension remedies for you, but I do own this Extra Pro 12". For some reason, I haven't been able to part with it. His album was rather underwhelming, with the exception of a few cuts. Man, I always believed Del was Cube's cousin.

SLurg said...

Actually Del and Ice Cube ARE cousins. The thing is that they didn't grow up together, they didn't know each other at all until the late 80's, when Cube blew up.

mandrew said...

...and then cube (exec) produced del's debut

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Anonymous said...

I just came across a very juicy find. Duane "Snupe" Lee is now calling himself Lee Majors and is in a Christian Rap duo. I almost couldn't believe it. I've been trying to find out where he went since hiero. Go to myspace/whitemajors and see/listen for yourself. Anyone know of anyone that has either of Extra Pros 2nd and 3rd album?

Anonymous said...

HEY its Lee Majors!....(Extra Pro)...first of all.."Like It Should Be" was weak..2 for 15 was my baby...I loved Hiero..but like 'Pac in D.U....i wouldn`t blossom n 2 the mc that i am now,there.I was always the black sheep..bump n N.W.A..while my crew played Leaders of the new.....but it was nothin but love there and respect 4 my unique-ness....I produced "ur n Shambles ""Neva no mo remix""Thats when u lostremix"..Dirty D`s Theme..and more...im the last rapper on No more Worries.....those days were fun..trying to rap in a high piched voice,even though im a bass!....As far as Casual goes..I`ll say this...we were very tight..and our distance stems from my actions.....but like Eazy and Dre never got to,i hope to look at him n his eyes man 2 man and extend my hand.....Im a born again Christian...I bus 4 Christ,walk n love and practice forgivness....get at me myspace.com/whitemajors........peace!!

Anonymous said...

i realy like the tracks on the "is it right" album but cant find any of them. where can i get this!!!!!!!

Erik said...

2 for 15 is a fantastic stuff...Critics, Searching, Going Down, Having Fun, You Dont Know Me and the rest are also great! But I dont know who produced the songs except Now What Pt. 2, that was produced by Snupe... if anybody knows the credit-list, please post it here or send to the hiero4@freemail.hu adress.
Anyway Like It Should Be and Masterpiece are also classics... Unfortunately I havent got From Block to Block EP... Has got anybody that? Hiero was definitely better with Snupe... Tracks like No Joke, Snupe, Bubble Up, You Never Knew Snupe version was cutted from 3rd Eye Vision. Hiero should release another Oldies shit!

Anonymous said...

I'm hyped that Lee posted up on this and shed some light on the past. Good lookin' out. I still haven't heard of anyone with those albums. I have a dub of 2 for 15 but need third album in a bad way. Or at least hear some of it.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Love your blog. Would you be able to re-up SOM - THAT'S WHEN YA LOST (I AIN'T TRIPPIN' REMIX)?
Would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance,
Peace