MC Shan Recalls Laughing At Rakim And Squabbin' With LL Cool J, And Exposes The Label And Producer Profiting From His Classic Material

Exclusive: The Q.B. O.G. talks about his time as Nas before Nas, including recollections of encounters with Rakim, L.L. Cool J, KRS-One and his Juice Crew cohorts.

Before Nas, before Mobb Deep, before Capone-N-Noreaga, and before the aforementioned collectively helped make their stomping grounds “the monument” to grimey, hardcore Hip Hop that it is today, it was MC Shan who first put “The Bridge” on the Rap map.  

Beginning in the mid-‘80s, with the assistance of his cousin, deejay/producer Marley Marl, the then teenage Shan started drafting the blueprint for future Queensbridge rhymers to build their street-certified careers from. And while he subsequently released just three full-length’s (1987’s inarguable classic, Down By Law, its almost equally engrossing follow-up, 1988’s Born To Be Wild, and the more musical, Marley-less effort, 1990’s Play It Again, Shan), the take-no-shit spitter made more of an impact on the game in just a few short years than most artists do over the course of their entire careers.  

As the first superstar to emerge from The Juice Crew (the legendary unit comprised of emcees Shan, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shante, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap, Masta Ace, Craig G., Tragedy Khadafi, singer T.J. Swan, and helmed by Marley and his WBLS-FM co-worker/founder of Cold Chillin’ Records, Tyrone “Fly Ty” Williams), Shan used his powerful platform to admirably address the early stages of the Crack Epidemic on his classic cuts “Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing” and “Cocaine” (a/k/a the conceptual forefather to Nas’ “I Gave You Power”). The cocky wordsmith simultaneously engaged in impressive lyrical exercises atop Marley’s music to wop to, which was driven by the then revolutionary process of sampling drum-driven breakbeats.  

An accomplished producer in his own right, it was actually MC Shan who synthesized the track Rakim memorized his then self-admitted “unusual” delivery to for his first B-side single. And then in 1992, Shan crafted the biggest hit of his career, not for himself or any other emcee, but for Caucasian Dancehall singer Snow’s #1 smash “Informer.” The song became so big that it netted millions for Shan, but also guaranteed that he would never record another album of his own.

Besides cashing out with Snow, it was the other motivator behind why he refused to record again that comprised the core of Shan’s recent discussion with HipHopDX. During his revealing conversation about the business of music, Shan exposed the label and producer he believes are behind recent re-issues of his classic recordings (including next month’s slated release of Q.B. O.G.: The Best of M.C. Shan) without his knowledge and without compensating the man whose name and likeness is gracing their covers.

The self-avowed “hater” also candidly spoke about the recent news-making YouTube exchanges with his cousin (and revealed if the two will actually tour together as planned this Spring), as well as his original beef with KRS-One for one of Hip Hop’s greatest on-wax wars (and if he regrets responding to the then unknown B.D.P. front-man). The CEO of his own Bridge Works label (digitally distributed by Interscope Records, and which just released the new Shan-featured single “Butterflies” from veteran R&B trio Allure) shared additional stories of his “wild boy” past, including standing up to the brolic “Beat Biter” and tongue-lashing the man who could have made him a sitcom star, while revealing the long unknown real reason why he defiantly declared “the Klan makes Troop’s.”

The now older and wiser pioneer of boom-bap Hip Hop still remains one of the culture’s most outspoken figures, or as he explained his particular brand of directness to DX: “Shani always tells people like this - Roxanne Shante, she says, ‘If you want a lie, come ask me. But if you want the straight truth, go ask Shan.’”

HipHopDX: I wanna start off by asking you about the video for “Time For Us To Defend Ourselves” [from Play It Again, Shan]. I put the classic clip at number three in my recent “10 Most Powerful Videos In Hip Hop History” editorial for DX, and I was just curious to know if there was any backlash at the time for that striking visual showcasing police brutality in a way it really hadn’t been shown before?     
 
MC Shan: Well, that story really came about because they actually killed my friend, Richard Lou, [a/k/a “Rich Kid”]. And, at that point they really didn’t like me too much, because I wasn’t one of the drug dealers but still I was driving around the 'Bridge in an Audi. They couldn’t really touch me. And then when I made that video about the police, that really made them touchy. I was getting pulled over on the regular. But like I said in the song, “You not catching me doing anything, boy, so catch me.”

DX: I was an avid Yo! MTV Raps and Rap City watcher at the time, but I don’t remember seeing that video a lot. Did you get resistance from the networks?
 
MC Shan: Yeah, I kind of got resistance, because in the end it shows a little boy with a gun getting ready to take a potshot at the police. And so, just being edgy like that, it got a little flak. It got a little play, but I also had to do an edit on it because of that gun scene in the end of the video.

DX: Did that lead to your separation from Warner Brothers Records? Did that have anything to do with you breaking away from the label after that?

MC Shan: No, Warner Brothers was alright, but they just didn’t understand our music at that time. People always say to me “What’s that Play It Again, Shan album about?” At that time in Hip Hop there were a lot of critics saying that Hip Hop wasn’t music. Warner Brothers being one of ‘em. And so they didn’t really know what to do with our music and they kept on having this little thing like, “Oh, Hip Hop is not creative.” So what I did with Play It Again, Shan was I went and replayed samples and made it a little musical. Just to defend what we doing like, “Y’all say we can’t rhyme over things like that, okay, here’s what it is.” I made a House record, [“Ain’t It Good To You”], with some rhymes on it. I did some other kind of stuff [like the Go-Go record, “It Don’t Mean A Thing”]. I just took it to a different extreme …. I might not have liked everything that was in the sample, so I’d just take the bassline and play it over, or a little keyboard part, play it over.

DX: Speaking of playing live music for songs …. Can you clarify exactly what you did for Eric B. & Rakim’s “My Melody”?

MC Shan: I played the keyboards, the do-do-do-do. And I mixed the record because me and Marley [Marl], we didn’t think that it was [worth the time]. Rakim had a funny style, so every time he’d bust a rhyme we’d go on the side of the wall and laugh. So the track wasn’t something that Marley was really into, and so he just let me mix it. So when you hear those echoes, that’s my mix right there.

DX: I get a sense Rakim is a really keen dude, and I notice he didn’t really work with Marley again after that, so did he realize you guys were clownin’ him and that’s why he stopped fuckin’ with y’all?

MC Shan: No, that wasn’t it. Rakim was really with Eric B., and Eric B. was our friend. So Eric brought Rakim through. So whatever Eric and Ra did after that first [single, “Eric B. Is President” b/w “My Melody,”] came out, that was on them. It wasn’t the fact that [we laughed at him]. That was just Eric B.’s [man and we were looking out].

DX: Now, we gotta get to this …. You said in your “True Stories” video last month that “Marley did sucker shit” including taking production credit for songs various members of The Juice Crew produced on their own albums. Is that why you stopped working with Marley after your second album, Born to Be Wild?

MC Shan: No, I stopped working with him like that because we wasn’t really getting it right in the studio. And, I wanted to get the money that he was getting. So when he say ain’t nobody was getting paid, Marley was getting bread back then. Marley had condos. Marley had 24-track boards when people was still getting little bullcrap [advances]. So, I wanted to get in on some of that bread. I wanted my publishing. I still got robbed for that – Fly Ty, thank you very much.

As far as my beats, anything that [Marley] did of mine, he did from scratch. Straight up, he did all of mine. But other people in the crew, they’d bring records. And even [Masta] Ace said it. I seen a video where Ace said that Ace was the first one that really demanded his production credits.

DX: Yeah. A lot of people don’t know Big Daddy Kane did a lot of his own production too.

MC Shan: Well, I wasn’t trying to throw [Marley] under the bus.

But … I’m looking at that [D-Nice Presents True Hip-Hop Stories: Masta Ace video from late 2008] where Ace saying that I was being a sucker [about not wanting to be on “The Symphony” with “new jacks”]. Anybody that knows me will tell you straight up I’m not no sucker like that. And for them [to believe Marley telling them I said that], that really touched me because now that’s on the Internet. That’s gonna be out there forever ….  And so what it was three years ago, it coulda been 20 years ago I’m still gonna say something. I’m not no sucker.

DX: It seems like there’s still monetary issues surrounding this whole thing. You said in your response video to Marley’s response video that only Marley’s been getting paid for these CD re-releases in recent years of your albums. So is Traffic Entertainment or anybody paying you for this -

MC Shan: [Interrupts] Nobody’s paying me. And look, I just seen on Amazon I’ve got a new album coming out March 13th.

DX: Q.B. O.G., yep.

MC Shan: See! Look at that, even you know about it. So where are they getting this music from? Who got the masters? Marley has the masters. He gotta be involved in that some kind of way. I’m sorry, I can’t just sit back and say, “Nah, nah.” He got the masters. Where they getting it from? The last two [re-releases] that they just put out in 2007 and 2010, there were Marley remixes on there. So he’s not getting no bread off of that? C’mon, man.

DX: Just playing devil’s advocate though, could it be anybody that was affiliated with Cold Chillin’ [Records]? Anybody else besides Marley.

MC Shan: Fly Ty or Marley. Them is the only two that have the masters. [Cold Chillin’ Records President] Lenny Fischelberg is dead. So if he’s doing it from the grave, big power to him. But Lenny Fischelberg is no longer on this planet with us. And so it’s only two other people that I can look at and I can think of that have control of these things – Because alright, he might not own the whole thing, but Marley owns half of those masters.

And another thing I would like to straighten up right now about that video where he’s saying [that we set up beef as bait to bloggers]. I’m not a fake dude; I don’t do fake things. So I don’t want nobody to sit back and say, “Oh, that was fake.” It was not fake, I don’t be fakin’, I don’t fake moves, only fake people do fake things.

I just know there’s another album coming out. If I’m so irrelevant, then why I got three and four and five best-of MC Shan’s out?

DX: Yeah, they’ll be releasing Down by Law 20 years from now, I guarantee it.

MC Shan: Yeah, but by that time I’ll been done took care of my business and I’ll been had my thing straight. ‘Cause I got a couple of people looking at it like, “Yo, word? I’ll take that case!” Ain’t nothing but paper involved. I mean, I’ve got the album cover sheet that says that – Even if they ain’t re-putting out Play it Again, Shan, that publishing belongs to me. There’s a thing on the bottom of my cover that says “MC Shan Music, Administered by Warner Brothers.” Warner Brothers ain’t forwarding me nothing, on anything!

DX: Not to rehash too much ancient history here but can we just clear up – I’ve always wanted to know why you left the game. You had those three albums, you had a strong presence in the game, why weren’t there any more albums after that? Did you just make a conscience decision to walk away?

MC Shan: I made a conscience decision not to do no more music with Cold Chillin’. Now, if you look at the timeline, I produced Snow at that point. I was getting millions of dollars with Snow. I got jerked for every other album that I had before, so why would I go and continue [releasing solo albums]? Who knows how many more albums I had left with Cold Chillin’? I didn’t care. I was out on tour with Snow just rappin’ one verse and making money on the production side, the publishing side and everything. So I didn’t really care about [my solo career], especially to do another record with Cold Chillin’ to get jerked. For what?

DX: Did you ever try to go to another label though to like try and break out of the contract?

MC Shan: Nope. You know how much money I had? I ain’t give a fuck about a record, I ain’t give a fuck about a label, none of that shit. I was ballin’ out like that. Black people, we get bread and we spend it. I still get money, but I ain’t got six cars in my yard. But back then I was ballin’ out, so I ain’t give a shit about that.

DX: But a few years later when Nas’ Illmatic drops and then Mobb Deep’s drops, aren’t you thinking to yourself like, “Man, I coulda had those guys”?

MC Shan: No, Marley coulda had those guys. ‘Cause everybody went to Marley in Queensbridge. Mobb [Deep] went to Marley, Nas used to go to Marley, but they all [ended up doing] they own thing though. It wasn’t go to Shan and do it; I wasn’t the producer dude, I was just the rhymer doing what I do.

I wanna clear up one more thing …. Anybody that knows me from back then they know I was a wild boy. I’m still wild in my old age but I’m a little calmer. And for people to think that I wouldn’t of kept coming at [KRS-One after “Kill That Noise”] – that was a conscience decision on Marley not to respond to [“The Bridge Is Over”]. Because, he thought that it would make them more famous. But me, I was ready to go until we died! Anybody will tell you that about me back then. It’s only you people that just believe what you read [that think KRS ended the battle with “The Bridge Is Over”]. And if I don’t respond to these things it just keeps going where it’s going. But I gotta make that one clear …. C’mon, Kris is my man now and he already know how I got down, period. I went at any and everybody in the game.

DX: Why though? At the time he was nobody. You made him somebody.

MC Shan: Listen, I’m happy that he is. Because, if he wouldn’t have made [“South Bronx”] we wouldn’t be in the history books right now. So, it was a bigger plan. It wasn’t directed by us. So I say that I’m happy that it went the way that it did, because if it didn’t go any other way our songs might’ve just came and went like a whole bunch of other artists that got songs that came out and now you don’t even know who they are 20 years later. Here we are 25 years later and I’m doing an interview with you about some shit I did way back then.

DX: Yeah, that’s true. I do have a question to ask you about the immediate future …. Are you still gonna go and do this Juice Crew reunion show in London in April?

MC Shan: Yeah! Why wouldn’t I?

DX: You and your cousin gonna square this shit away then?

MC Shan: Look, that right there, I said what I said and that’s what it is. I’m not retracting nothing I said. This is about getting some bread. I’m not going to get locked up abroad. I don’t wanna get locked up here, picture me going abroad somewhere and starting some shit. Nah. I can deal with it here. Fuck that, I’ll do the fuckin’ 30 days or whatever. But it won’t even get to that. We killed that because it’s not a thing of I’m trying to beef. I’m just trying to say what’s on my mind, shit I wanted to say for years and years. And don’t knock me for saying it, don’t call me a hater, don’t try and make me [stop], don’t try and calm me down, because I’m not that one. Everybody already knows I got a mouth on me. I’ma say what I gotta say and that’s gonna be the end of it.

DX: Let’s move on from this stuff …. Back in the late ‘80s you basically helped put the Troop clothing line out of business with your “the Klan makes Troop’s” line from “I Pioneered This.” The owners of Troop were actually Jewish and Korean. Did you ever converse with them about at first reppin’ their gear hard and then going after them like that?

MC Shan: I was just saying some rapper stuff; I wasn’t even paying attention to [who owned Troop]. LL Cool J was wearing Troop and I was dissin’ LL, and that was the bottom line. I didn’t care about who made it really. That’s what we heard in the streets, [that] the [Ku Klux] Klan makes Troop’s. And so when I put it in my record it was a subliminal thing, ‘cause I never mentioned his name on that one. But, “Puma’s the brand ‘cause the Klan makes Troop’s” was ‘cause we all knew who was wearing Troop’s at that point.

DX: But you were rockin’ the shit first, you were rockin’ it before LL...

MC Shan: No, I rocked Puma on my stage. All my performances, I ain’t never really rocked no Troop. I had one jacket that was different. I don’t think it was Troop, but it was one different – I remember it, it had stars on the sleeve or something crazy and it was black and blue. But if it wasn’t Puma, I wasn’t rockin’ it.

DX: Oh, okay. I thought you were the one rockin’ the Troop stuff before L.L.

MC Shan: Nah, I never touched Troop. Why would I say that; why would I contradict something that I’m doing?

DX: You went at LL a few times: “Beat Biter” [about using “Marley Marl Scratch” for the original version of “Rock The Bells”], all that stuff. Did y’all ever like converse and deal with those issues y’all had?

MC Shan: Me and LL is cool. We cool nowadays. But L used to try and bully me and shit. [Laughs] On some real shit, L used to try and bully me with his muscles and shit. But I wasn’t having it.

I had one show with LL and that was it, over and done. We did it up in Rochester or Syracuse, I can’t remember but it’s in that area. The night before at the Red Parrot – there’s witness to this too, I think Andre Harrell might’ve been there that night and a couple of other people – LL walks up to me and he says to me, “You better not show up in Syracuse tomorrow.” I looked at L, and then turned my back to that nigga like, “Yeah, alright, whatever.” And even then niggas thought, “Yo, this nigga’s crazy.” But I didn’t care. I didn’t give a fuck. I showed up in Syracuse and rocked L so bad he didn’t even get on stage. And I’m not saying that to try and – ‘cause everything I say it seem like people try and say I’m hatin’ on niggas or something. So I wanna clarify, I’m not hatin’ on niggas, that’s just what happened.

The word “hater” came from dudes like me who’ll talk about you and don’t give a fuck. And so the word hater was only made so niggas wouldn’t talk about ‘em. And I don’t give a fuck, because I couldn’t give a fuck about ‘em. I say fuck ‘em and up my game, Q.B. is where I’m from, nigga, what’s my name? MC Shan. I don’t care.

DX: [Laughs] You must’ve had a fun time with the Cold Chillin’/Warner Brothers publicist back then. [Laughs]

MC Shan: Oh, yeah. I mean, yo, listen, know why I really got messed up with Warner Brothers? Like I said, I was a wild boy back then. I was real wild, just straight hood. So, I was up for that part of The Fresh Prince [of Bel-Air] because I was signed to Warner Brothers where [V.P. of the Urban Division and inspiration for the show] Benny Medina was. And why I didn’t get that fuckin’ part was because I called Benny Medina a faggot. I was just wild. That’s probably why I had no juice with Warner Brothers or their backing because I was crazy like that.

I used to do stuff that you wouldn’t even dream of doing nowadays. You’d dream of doing stuff like that, but you’d know you ain’t getting your records played. [DJ] Bugsy, my pal, my buddy, Fred Buggs [at WBLS], one day he said something about me on the radio about me not wearing socks ‘cause I couldn’t afford socks or something. I called up to the radio station and said “I’m coming to fuck you up.” [Laughs] These are the things that I used to do, man. Crazy, stupid stuff that you couldn’t get away with now because you’d get banned all over the world.

DX: Do you have any regrets about that now that you’re older and wiser? Or do you just look at it as like, At least I was keeping it all the way one hundred?  

MC Shan: I don’t regret nothing I did, or nothing I will do. I don’t regret nothing. Regrets are for suckas.

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53 Comments

  • oskamadison

    ...but I will say "I Pioneered This" is not only the best joint he ever did, it's one of the top 5 joints to ever come out of qB.

  • oskamadison

    Wow...so Shan was laughin' at Rakim as he laid down "My Melody", a joint that almost 26 years later shits on everything you might hear on the radio right now. Rakim is now a worldwide icon. Shan is...still known for gettin' murked by KRS. That went really well for him, didn't it?

  • DJ Davito

    SHAN IS A GOD!!! ANYBODY DISSING SHAN CAN EAT A DICK KABOB! HE LOOKED OUT FOR MAD PEOPLE IN THE HOOD TOO. I LOVE LL BUT HE BIT SHAN AND MIKEY DEE'S. AND HE COULD OF TEALLY SAID SHIT ABOUT MARLY'S PERSONAL SEXUAL OREINTATION.. SHAN 4 LIFE!

  • zachariah

    It says purchase music by MC Shan at the bottom, but hold up, he mentioned in the interview that he isn't getting paid right?

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  • fernandop

    Shan O.G. he only fuck with real dudes like Snow. In Toronto you cant even talk to snow.

  • box

    Shan is a Titan in this rap shit yell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4b3LHZ4gS8&feature=youtube_gdata_player you gonna be doing the job tonight

  • x dogg

    A yo Mc Shan is a clown 1st he's says about LL he killed the show upstate an LL didnt get on stage after him cause he rocked it so bad. A yo fam knock it off LL had the best stage show forever as a rapper so please. An your Benny Medina story C"mon son r u For real B.

  • Eric

    Since I see you in the comments, I want to say thank you to Shan. People don't even understand the crucial piece of the puzzle MC Shan is to Hiphop. Read up, don't stop your history lesson at 2Pac and Biggie. Go find some Old School tapes from the classic radio shows to understand the excitement of a new Shan joint. World Premiere!

  • iMCompleX

    MC Shan is a genuine true person. Anything other than that is a personal opinion, in which we're all entitled to. But it can get to a point where your personal feelings start to turn into HATE! #DetroitPlayerStraightWestCoastinFool! FMOT @REALiMCompleX

  • ELIJAH CROSS

    YO SHAN METCHA ON TWITTER NICE ARTICLE HOMIE.YALL NIGGAZ NEED TO SHOW SOME RESPECT TO THE M.C. WHO HELPED PIONEER THIS HIP HOP THANG.SHAN WAS ONE OF THE TOP MCS WHEN IT WAS ABOUT REAL HIP HOP SHIT.THE GAME CHANGED AND A LOT OF REAL MCS STOPPED GETTING MARKETED TO THE MASSES.SHAN HOLD YA HEAD HOMIE AND KEEP MAKING THAT TOUR MONEY ALSO WHEN YOU DECIDE TO HEAD BACK TO DA LAB HOLLA AT ME AND LETS BRING BACK SOME REAL HIP HOP.PEACE GEEZ UP/HO NIGGAZ SUCK A FAT DICK !

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    The South Bronx track was enough to shut down Shan for a while lol.

  • DA TRUTH

    Shan tell the truth. U would have never made that money or had a second chance in your rap game if it was not Dj Prince.

    • TLO

      Really not THE Truth, Primce Marvin had great intentions but he had snow rockin Jamaican parties and cutting Dub plates that Gold Finger made Bocoo bucks off of and Snow got bus fair back to Toronto! Please get your facts Straight he was a DJ not a producer he introduced Snow, but in the industry you get a finders fee... I shopped Snow and got him his management which got him his deal Ask Snow truth be told. I was offered an A&R deal with MoJam records... Ask and stop Ass uming...DJ prince Marvin was a cool guy bit not the end all be all...

  • MAC DRE

    MC. Shan is a fake. He was not responsible for SNOW it was Dj Prince. Both Snow and Shan ripped the nigga off and ran with his money. They are PUSSIES for life

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  • Yer12

    His first album was dope then he fell of. Other Juice Crew act wre much doper. I think Shan just couldnt compete with G Rap or Kane. And i still dont understand why he stop rapping after his third album? I just think labels didnt want to give him a deal.

  • Anonymous

    This dude was played out after Play it Again Shan that was the reason he didnt had a recorddeal. Back then you had Cube, de la, tribe and nobody was interest in MC Shan And Shan you are fake when you make moves with Snow!!!

  • Anonymous

    Finally a decent hiphop article. But Shan was never the mc that Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane were and he aint that lyrical and besides his first album which is a classic the rest is just garbage

  • Rakim the God

    MC SHAN is STRAIGHT PUSSSSSY! I fucked this niggas bitch back in the day. Ol salty ass nigga. Fuck you nigga!

  • DONNIE

    MC SHAN'S BORN TO BE WILD to me is the dopest hiphop ALBUM ever recorded. Punchline for punchline all lose to SHAN HE IS AND WAS MEANING OF A DOPE MC.

  • Anonymous

    SHAN'S HIPHOP MIGHT JUST BE THE DOPEST EVER RECORDED.

  • Ill Street

    Big ups to Shan, he's that dude. Always always tells it like it is. QB architect of rap. Love that dude.

    • Anonymous

      No it was Tragedy who gave the blueprint for QB rap to Nas, Mobb Deep, CNN etc. Who was the mastermind behind CNN's first album? Tragedy.

  • #DTownIsMyCity

    Mad props to Shan. A living legend. Get yo bread brother, it's yours. G

  • The B

    Is that really MC Shan commenting on this shit? And I can't front I used to love that song "Yo I helped pioneer this" Oh shit!

  • Anonymous

    make sure you get what you owed shan.. respect to a legend.. youngins better act like you know

  • NAPPIE RASH

    YO SHAN WE USED TO ROCK YOUR JOINTS PLUS ALL THE OTHER JUICE CREW IN AUSTRALIA BACK IN DA LATE 80'S MAN ...... MAD RESPECT TO YOU ! NAPPIE RASH MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA

  • MC SHAN

    OH YEAH AND THANK TO HIPHOPDX FOR TAKING THE TIME FOR THE INTERVIEW

  • MC SHAN

    FUNNY HOW TWO PEOPLE CAN READ THE SAME THING ONE WILL SEE IT FOR WHAT IT IS AND THE OTHERS HATER SENCES CAN KICK IN AND FIND EVERY THING WRONG WITH WHAT YOU SAID BUT I DONT EXPECT EVERYBODY TO LIKE ME BUT I RESPECT YOUR OPINION SO ITS ALL GOOD AND JUST FOR THE RECORD ONCE AGAIN IM NOT BITTER I JUST WANT WHAT BELONGS TO ME JUST LIKE YOU. PEOPLE HOLD ARTIST TO A HIGHER STANDARD BUT IN THE END OF THE DAY WE JUST LIKE YOU YES IM MAD CAUSE FLY TY MY SOCALLED FRIEND ROBBED ME OF MY ROYALTIES WOULDNT YOU BE OR BECAUSE IM AN ARTIST I SHOULD TURN THE OTHER CHEEK AND IF I WAS SO IRRELIVANT WHY IN MARCH ARE THEY PUTTING ANOTHER ALBUM OUT ON ME WHICH IM NOT GETTING PAID FOR DOESNT MAKE ME BITTER MAKES ME GO GET A LAWYER AND SUE THE SHIT OUTTA ALL PARTYS INVOLVED . AND I CANT BE MAD CAUSE ITS NIGGAS IN THE GAME I CANT STAND THEY STYLE OR THEY VOICE SO I CAN UNDERSTAND IF MY SONGS IRRITATE YOU CAUSE ITS A COUPLE OF THEM OUT THERE I TURN THE DIAL SOON AS THEY SHIT COMES ON .. BIG SHOUT TO ALL MY SUPPORTERS AND NEXT WEEK ILL HAVE SOME MORE SHIT FOR YOU HATERS TO HATE ON GOTTA FEED MY HATERS

    • nickrazor2000

      Hey Shan, is all you have to do now is get on the hip hop dx comment boards and bitch at the people who disagree with you? Face it you are bitter. Quit cryin on the message board and do something positive with your life. sore loser

  • Anonymous

    AY YO SHAN DON'T LET THESE PUSSY INTERNET NIGGAS TALKIN OUT THEY ASS BOTHER U THEY DON'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT THE REAL SHIT THE REAL HIP HOP KEEP DOING YO THANG BRO MUCH LOVE

  • thetruth

    I used to be a big fan of Shan during his first 2 albums. Once he dropped "play it again shan" i was extremely dissapointed. He must have been pussywhipped to let his girlfriend rap on that album with him. She was corny as fuck and made him look like a straight up pushover sucka. On the flipside good for Shan that he made money off of Snow's "Informer" (even though the song is also corny as hell and wack) - Gotta respect Shan for knowing when his time was up and putting the mic down and stepping away from the mic. He lost his touch for making new music. He can tour on the strength of his old stuff and at least he isn't torturing our ears with new shit.

    • Tlo

      wife biyatch and by the way Play it again Shan would have blown up if it wasn't for Glenn Harris Gay ass at marketing Warner Brothers... As well as my so called whack ass wrote part of that 8 million platinum sold song "Informer" my whack my be another mans fly and your fly might be my whack.... To set the record straight Shan doesn't have an ego he's real... Sorry he's not all humble and docile that's why people love him. If it wasn't fir that whack album half of what you hear on r&b crossing over may not have made it, it oaved the way to show the labs rap is and was real music. Not it's on your cartoons, tv commercials and back then he was a rapping waiter on Steve Martins LA story because Of that so called whack album that Pioneered Tao for to day. Some people don't know when to give respect when respect is due!!! Sheesh dusting off these haters, that hate as hobby!

  • Anonymous

    I think these people don't realise how shan set this thing off on an artistic level period!!!! Remember his first record as I recall, the Marley marl scratch which walked over everything. So I guess from then on you get the Kane's and th Rakim's carrying the torch. Shan's respect is way overdue!

  • Jae Supreme QB

    yo shan, u need to take the reigns, and do this cold chillin movie already.....lol

  • whoreallyreal

    all you baby faced faggots hating on MC shan need to suck on a fat black dick learn yo history niggas and quit being an ignorant punk

  • RIP7

    Damn Shan I had alot of respect for you but after this inteview I lost some. Your ego is full blown and laughing at the GOD Emcee smh you were only foolin your self. That's why he is consider by most one of the greatest and you just a blur know for getting dis by KRS One and haveing a great record the Bridge. Who's laughing now?

    • MC SHAN

      YALL DONT READ SHIT RIGHT AND TAKE SHIT WAY OUTTA CONTEXT WE NEVER HEARD A STYLE LIKE RAKIMS SO YES IT WAS FUNNY TO US HOW HE SOUNDED NOT OUTTA DISRESPECT FOR THE GOD HE KNOWS ALL ABOUT IT THATS ME AND RAHHS JOKE .. CALL IT EGO IF YOU WANT ID CALL YOU A HATER SO

  • GoReadABook

    Eh, Shan doesn't even get my respect for being there when shit was popping off. Wack MC who cares WAY too much about the money and the fame, and WAY too little about contributing to the culture and providing lasting quality hip hop. Overblown egos kill more promising rap careers than anything else in rap. Look at The Game. He made a classic when he was hungry, got complacent and cocky, and his albums have steadily declined to the atrocity that was The Red Album since

    • MC SHAN

      I DONT KNOW WHY YALL THINK I GOT AN EGO I JUST TELL SHIT LIKE IT IS IM ONE OF THE REALEST NIGGAS YOU WILL EVER MEET AND WOULD NEVER KNOW I MADE A RECORD UNLESS A NIGGA TOLD YOU WHO I WAS OR YOU KNEW FOR YOUR SELF AND TO PUT IT IN A WAY THAT YOU MAY UNDERSTAND ITS LIKE GOING TO WORK ALL WEEK AND YOUR BOSS TELL YOU YOU WORKED FOR FREE I JUST WANT WHAT BELONGS TO ME I DONT WANT NOBODY ELSES SHIT AND IM SURE YOU WOULD FEEL THE SAME .DONT JUDGE ME TILL YOU WALKED IN MY SHOES MAYBE IF YOU TAKE THE HATE OUT YOUR MIND AND READ YOU MAY SEE WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT BUT FEEL FREE TO HATE ON ME

  • BlazeDatIshUp

    I mainly read the part about Rakim, and this guy laughed at him huh?!?karma is a bitch aint it. Just another bitter rapper. He may be blunt with his words, but he's bitter...

    • MC SHAN

      PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY IM BITTER IF IM NICE ABOUT THE SHIT I SAY OR IF I GO AT A NIGGAS HEAD SO I CANT WIN FOR LOOSIN ANYONE THAT KNOWS ME AND NOT WHAT THEY READ ON A HIPHOP SITE WILL TELL YOU IM THE COOLEST NIGGA ROUND IM TO HAPPY TO BE BITTER AND YES RAKIM STYLE WAS NEW TO THE GAME SO IT SOUNDED FUNNY TO US NOT IN A DISRESPECTFUL WAY BUT JUST NEW WE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE SO TAKE IT HOW YOU LIKE IT

  • Sensaye252

    Even back then I don't remember nobody who thought Shan was a really ill MC. Niggas respected him 'cause he was from the bridge, but that was about as far as it went. Only reason he was laughin' at Rakim is 'cause Ra was so far ahead of that nigga lyrically that he probably soundin' like he was speakin' yiddish. These rappers man...you leave it to them they all make it sound like they were so 'wild back in the day'. Niggas be frontin'.

    • MC SHAN

      FRONTIN I WAS WILD DONT GET IT TWISTED NIGGA IM NOT A GOON BUT IM NO SUCKER EITHER NAME ONE TIME YOU HEARD SHAN GOT ROBBED NIGGA PLEASE AND I WAS ALL OVER THE BOROS NIGGA YOU NEED TO ASK SOMBODY BEFORE YOU JUST GO SHOOTIN OFF AT THE MOUTH RESPECT CAUSE IM FROM THE BRIDGE NIGGA I PUT QB ON THE MAP BEFORE THAT YALL KNEW NOTHING OF QB

    • Anonymous

      Only reason he was laughin' at Rakim is 'cause Ra was so far ahead of that nigga lyrically that he probably soundin' like he was speakin' yiddish....Now THAT shit is FUNNY!

  • Andy

    Laughed at Rakim really? Karma is a bitch aint it. Shame Shan is no where on his level

    • Ninja Gaiden

      nah he laughed at Rakim because he was different from EVERYBODY at the time....you have to understand the evolution and history of rap in the 80's to fully get the picture....Shan was the king of whats called the Def Beat era 1984-1987...the drums were bigger and the rhymes were less complex but more in your face, loud almost screaming...a good example would be Run DMC, UTFO, LL Whoudini, Fat Boys.....Shan was the man in the def beat era. Rakim came in around 87 and 88 and brought in the new jack era 1987-1990 the new jack era had quieter drums, break beats, funk samples, BPM sped up to 115 and the rappers were more complex with multisyllables and big vocabulary like Kane, G Rap, Kool Moe Dee, KRS, Jaz-O...Rakim ushered in this era, he was new to the ears that were used to hearing def beat style....so they laughed at him...similar to when Kanye came to Rocafella with his new style compared to Beanie, Bleek, Yung Gunz, Dip Set, D-Block and everything else that was poppin at the time....Ye set the pace for the hipster rap era.

  • hmmmmm

    I think MC Shan is another bitter rapper. That said, I think he's honest. The shit about Rakim, I think we have to usual historical context to understand. As far as Marley, I don't doubt it. What the fuck has Marley made without a great team around him? His shit since LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" has all been mediocre at best. Nobody in Juice Crew seems happy with Marl.

  • 41st Side

    Shan was THERE, credit due, but dude was always mediocre-- not even a Busy Bee who could at least rock the crowd. Shan should always have had a Plan B-- Plan C too! Go to school learn a trade...

  • insanemacbeth

    i'm not reading this! i only read the part about RAKIM. SHAN laughed at the person, who ended up being 'THE GOD EMCEE'. silly crachhead. ps: MARLEY MARL is a don, on production. what does SHAN mean by, "M.M. dis sucker sh*t!"???

    • TLO

      what I find is sad, people are evolving into this rely sad state where there's this constant need to feed negative energy. Everyone is entitled to their own people but most of the the real ugly stuff comes from some loser, who never went to college or cometed college, never did anything with their lives. Miserae at the world, possibly no real relationship with God a woman or mother/father. Who look to get famous by trying to get noterity for A quick witted diss. Lol no one wants to interview you...all of these guys Marley, Rakim and Chris are cool. You haters don't have the Privilege of seeing that, well to bad so sad you don't get when some one is telling a humourus story. Like imagine Marley and I actually laughed at Rakim and look at what he went on to become, well news flash we are all proud of Rakim, Nas etc. Little known fact people laughed at Will Smith too, parents just don't understand. Back then rappers were positive, teachers and the rap known nowadays made people as ugly as they are or well at least contributed to gang banging.. Um news flas being hard gets you hard time, loss of life and freedom. There is nothing fly in being the baddest guy im jail you are just the guy giving instead of taking and that makes you softer than the wackest rapper going. How about our race learn to stop being crabs in a barrel and lift one another up. It's not cool to have your publishing taken you weren't there when he had to turn to me and his kids and say well I know I worked hard but we can't pay our light bill or eat tonight cuz this fat fly guys took our money to pay for their mansions. You weren't there you only see some if this story! And if you don't know ask somebody...nobody raps for free!

    • Ninja Gaiden

      I'll repeat what I wrote earlier laughed at Rakim because he was different from EVERYBODY at the time....you have to understand the evolution and history of rap in the 80's to fully get the picture....Shan was the king of whats called the Def Beat era 1984-1987...the drums were bigger and the rhymes were less complex but more in your face, loud almost screaming...a good example would be Run DMC, UTFO, LL Whoudini, Fat Boys.....Shan was the man in the def beat era. Rakim came in around 87 and 88 and brought in the new jack era 1987-1990 the new jack era had quieter drums, break beats, funk samples, BPM sped up to 115 and the rappers were more complex with multisyllables and big vocabulary like Kane, G Rap, Kool Moe Dee, KRS, Jaz-O...Rakim ushered in this era, he was new to the ears that were used to hearing def beat style....so they laughed at him...similar to when Kanye came to Rocafella with his new style compared to Beanie, Bleek, Yung Gunz, Dip Set, D-Block and everything else that was poppin at the time....Ye set the pace for the hipster rap era.