Big Ben

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About Big Ben

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    Yo Joe!
  • Birthday 12/16/1987

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  • Fav character on FPOBA Will
  • Fav Will/JJFP album Lost and Found
  • Fav Will Movie Bad Boys II

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  • Website URL http://thewrittenmontage.com

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Plover, Wisconsin.

Big Ben's Activity

  1. Big Ben added a post in a topic: BB King Dies at 89   

    This was sad news for sure. I was lucky enough to drive to New Orleans and see him perform back in 09(I think). He sat the whole time but was still captivating.
  2. Big Ben added a post in a topic: JJFP Show Up In Hip-Hop Family Tree   

    Looks like they showed up this week too, this time shows the beginning of their partnership.
    http://boingboing.net/2015/05/05/the-fresh-prince-meets-dj-jazz.html
  3. Big Ben added a post in a topic: JJFP Show Up In Hip-Hop Family Tree   

    ​While you can read all the pages on that sight (It's updated every week) I recommend picking up the trades. I have the first two and there pretty cool, they're printed on that old comic style paper and are over sized so they're pretty big. The two trades cover 1975 to 1983.  
  4. Big Ben added a post in a topic: JJFP Show Up In Hip-Hop Family Tree   

    http://boingboing.net/2015/04/28/hip-hop-family-tree-dj-jazzy.html
     
  5. Big Ben added a post in a topic: 2015 NCAA College BBALL March Madness Thread!!   

    On Wisconsin!!!
  6. Big Ben added a post in a topic: Will Smith Performs “Summertime” On 'Kimmel' (With Surprise)   

    Awesome! That was funny, and it's nice to see it happen publicly, maybe it'll put more pressure on him. I like that Kimmel asked a questions I've always wondered about, basically why hasn't he ever really been featured on other musicians music. Its a bit of a tragedy that he isn't. 
  7. Big Ben added a post in a topic: Is Will Smith getting jiggy again?   


    I gotta agree with AJ here. I'm a fan of LL and Ice Cube but both have been inconsistent with there music the last few years. Effectively you can't water a plant whenever you feel like it. When you go away on a trip and come back to water that plant it's not the same. If you leave your craft and come back, you come back to where you left off, so there's very limited growth. When you look at artists who've stuck to there craft with their entire focus you see growth, you see artists that have gotten better as they've aged (I.E. De La, Pharoahe Monch). That being said, it sounds as if Will has never stopped and has continually made music so there's a chance that he's grown as a musician. I would prefer that he'd just spend time with Jazzy, who's also not quit the craft, and let their own magic occur. When you listen to a lot of hip-hop albums now a days they lack cohesion. These albums are riddled with a number of different sounds rather then one consistent vibe which I think the product overall suffers, which is why I would like to see the album solely produced by Jazzy. I think its the main fault of Lost and Found, lack of consistency, something I believe even Jazzy has touched on in the past when he's mentioned Will being surrounded by people who are afraid to tell him that somethings not working, which is another reason I'd like to see Jazzy take control of any future album by Will. In the end even Will has admitted (his usual excuse for lack of music) that when you split your focus they both suffer.
  8. Big Ben added a post in a topic: HEAVY D - RIP - at age 44   

    Thankfully we're still getting peppered with new music.


  9. Big Ben added a post in a topic: Check the Technique Vol. 2   

    Here is an excerpt from the book:

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/parents-just-dont-understand-oral-history-will-smith?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1456_108698541
  10. Big Ben added a post in a topic: Check the Technique Vol. 2   

    It's filled with a lot of stuff for hip-hop fans for sure. I love when talking about filming Parents just Don't understand, Carli called Russell Simmons and told him that Will was going to be bigger then Eddie Murphy and then Russell Simmons replied with "Well, he may be Malcolm Jamal-Warner but he ain't no Eddie Murphy."
  11. Big Ben added a post in a topic: Check the Technique Vol. 2   

    I pre-ordered Brian Coleman's Check the Technique Vol 2 and it was on my doorstep Monday when I got back from visiting my parents. I have the first volume and I ordered this one for two reasons. The first being the sample chapter they posted with 3rd Bass and their Cactus Album. The second because I looked at the chapter listing and I saw He's the DJ, I'm the Rappper--Clearly that's an automatic credit card choice right there.

    It was worth it for sure. Unfortunately there was no sign of Will (but as fan's I think we're accustomed to his minute involvement in all things hip-hop) but all the information is great. It's filled with a lot of little information on the creation of the album and little details on a lot of tracks. Jeff was one of those involved (had he not, I don't know if I would have picked up the book) but the information from the others involved was spot on too. Besides Jeff there was Ann Carli, Pete Q. Harris, Joe Nicolo, and Ready Rock. There's just a lot of fun information about the process behind the scenes and some fun trivia that I think a lot of fan's would appreciate.

    Like on Brand New Funk Ready Rock imitated the James Brown "Get Down!" because Jeff had, accidentally, erased the sample. There were four copies of the Nightmare video, one of which Jeff's girlfriend recorded over. (There's till hope though, it appears that Ann Carli may have a copy somewhere!) There's also some detail's about what it looked like. Jeff had originally recorded the DJ cuts for an entirely DJ album but they decided to do a double album instead. Apparently there are some cuts we've never heard out there. The Live At Union Square cut was trimmed down from a half hour, Jeff apparently has a copy. One of the comments I found interesting was Jeff saying that Time to Chill "...had less substance... that one was filler..." I thought that was interesting because it's actually one of my favorite tracks on there.
    It was a fun read, there section is 30 pages, and I'd recommend it. The only other one I've read was the sample 3rd Bass album but it's got a lot of other classics that I'm looking forward to like:

    Black Sheep- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Jeru the Damaja - The Sun Rises in the East Mos Def & Talib - Are Black Star Naughty by Nature - Naughty by Nature
    There's a bunch more but I'm lazy.

    Here's the link to the book:
    http://www.getondown.com/blog/2014/06/pre-sale-for-brian-colemans-upcoming-book-check-the-technique-volume-2/
  12. Big Ben added a post in a topic: New album in March/April 2015?   

    Now this is what I like to hear!
  13. Big Ben added a post in a topic: Jeff's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!   

    I think Will and Jeff should take the next step and do the Polar Plunge.
  14. Big Ben added a post in a topic: chuck d announces new solo album august 1st   

    I'm definitely excited for this, I hope it's similar to his Autobiography album rather then the last solo he had. Autobiography had a feeling of cohesion between tracks rather then a bunch of good songs that don't seem to fit together. I think that's why Big Willie Style is one of my favorite albums because it feels like one solid project.
  15. Big Ben added a post in a topic: 3rd Bass Chapter   

    I don't know how many of you are 3rd Bass fans but if you are you might really dig this sample chapter for Check the Technique Volume 2. Its really informative and a fun read.

    https://medium.com/@briancoleman/3rd-bass-9ecff0fd3fb9

    After I read it I am definitely going to be picking up this book. And the cherry on top? There's going to be a chapter for He's the DJ!