“To Serve…Or Get Served”

03.29.09 9 years ago 40 Comments

I’ve seen this posted a few times already but since I’m on a Black Spade kick right now, I’m going to make sure we highlight it as well.

Apparently, Stoney Rock sent out an email (to everyone but me!) regarding what he claims is the jacking of his beat.

Now, I was @ the same set (assuming it was ours) & told several people afterward that “Shining” had to be the best song from Charles’ show. And now I know why lol.

Yo! So this is the beat Charles Hamilton CLAIMS he created. In short, when I was in Austin to perform and check out SxSW, I caught his set. He performed one of his tracks, “Shinin'”, which I thought was dope. However, come to find out the instrumental that he used for that track is a beat I produced a while back. After he was done performing, I let him know that I produced the beat and asked him where he got it from. In the back of my mind I know that the only place he really could have gotten it from was off my MySpace page. When I told him I produced the track and liked his lyrics, he still continued to say that HE produced the track with some dude….FALSE. He said he cleared the sample and that he is the one singing ‘Shinin’ in the background and also that his homeboy was playing the keys on the track.

Now mind you, the background ‘Shinin’ vocals that he claims he laid were not laid in the studio at all. I know this because I sampled them by singing directly into the MPC.

Basically, the Frankie Beverly & Maze sample at the beginning is from when I put the beat up on MySpace. The whole point of putting that part in the track was to show that I was about to produce, from that part, my own version of the sample. So, if you don’t hear the Frankie Beverly & Maze sample in the MP3 I am sending you, that is why.

Please Blog, a brotha needs his credit…

In case you don’t want to read all that…

— Spade laid the song.
— He claims Charles stole it.
— He asked Charles about it.
— Charles says he didn’t.
— Spade is passing out his version for listeners to determine.

The evidence.


Black Spade – “Shining”


Charles Hamilton – “Shining”

As far as the jacking goes, we’ve seen it too many times with artists posting their material on MySpace, only to have it appear on the airwaves, performed by another cat. Since there’s nothing more to go on than sounds & accusations, you have one man’s word/work against the next. Whether it was in the studio or made on someone’s home computer, nobody’s really going to be able to determine who had the track first. See: Chris Webber & Nas/Strada vs. Wordsmith. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is. Another unsolved mystery.

Really, I think this just reiterates what we’ve been saying: Spade is just as dope & probably more talented than a large percentage of these dudes currently getting shine. He raps, he has singing ability and, for a big brother, son’s got a mean two-step to add to his stage performance. If you’d give him a chance, you would prolly know that. But, since he’s not a media darling & he’s not on one of the preferred coasts, he won’t be getting much burn outside of a few media outlets.

But that’s okay by me.

I’ll be back giving To Serve… repeat listens this week.

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