By Nick Barat. 12 years after Fam-Lay got shelved, we’re living in a golden age for microfandom, artists who self-upload, and people who actually care. YouTube did not exist in 2003. No Twitter, no Tumblr, no Facebook, no ‘gram. Maybe three or four OK blogs. Our modern social media ecosystem was just primordial ooze, MySpace Tom still a knuckle-walker. Shit was dark! Yet some cavemen knew of fire. And buried on a bonus DVD packaged with The Neptunes’ Clones compilation was a music video for Fam-Lay’s “Rock N Roll.”
If The Neptunes were your Beatles—and in the early aughts you’re goddamn right they were!—Fam-Lay was their Billy Preston, a dependable sideman providing a welcome and unpredictable dose of stank amidst all the platinum Justin and Britney records. Smack in the middle of a 12-month run that saw Pharrell and Chad rack up enough back-to-back-to-back hits to win a Producer Of The Year Grammy, “Rock N Roll” had all the makings of another Star Trak star-is-born moment.
Fam-Lay is featured on Lupe Fiasco’s new album ‘Tetsuo & Youth’ on the tune ‘Chopper’ produced by DJ Dahi. The original tune also features Billy Blue, Buk, Trouble, Trae Tha Truth and Glasses Malone, but I’ve managed to cut off the 9 minutes tune with only Fam-Lay’s verse, you can check it out below.
Lupe Fiasco – Chopper feat. Fam-Lay (DJ Dahi) (15’)
Here is the first collaboration between the newest I am OTHER signee Bia and her label boss Pharrell Williams on the tune ‘Chain Swang’ that also features her manager Fam-Lay which will be out on her first Mixtape titled #CHOLASEASON (due November 11th). You can check out the tune below.
Old BET Freestyle with the Clipse & Fam-Lay from ca. 2003, thanks to CAndersen3.
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