Hip-Hop

Sir Jinx: What Happened After N.W.A. and the Posse?

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After the Photo: Sir Jinx produced songs for all Ice Cube's early albums, including AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator and Lethal Injection. Included in his credits are two of Cube's most controversial songs, the diss track "No Vaseline" and the Korean shop-keeper bashing "Black Korea." Jinx also produced Xzibit's 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz.

Now
: Jinx recently did some studio work with Dr. Dre and keeps busy doing DJ gigs and appearing places like The Jimmy Kimmel Show and The Orlando Jones Show.

People Don't Know: N.W.A. was not originally supposed to be a 'rap group.'


At the time N.W.A. and the Posse was planned for release the group wasn't intended to be a full-time thing. Actually, N.W.A. was supposed to use the model later perfected by Wu-Tang Clan, where each member was either a solo artist or part of another group, but after the first few songs under the N.W.A. title became hits, that plan was scrapped.

"The whole idea of N.W.A. was supposed to be Niggaz With Attitudes — that were already in another group. It was just a title, like Niggaz With Attitude, N.W.A., we were Niggaz With Attitude but we all had our own jobs, our own groups."

People Don't Know: Jinx says he never had beef with Dre or Eazy, despite producing diss tracks aimed at them.

"It's all about the money, it's all about what people want to buy. I never thought bad about my cousin, I never thought bad about anybody. Cube kind of went light on him. We had to change it a few times 'cuz 'No Vaseline' was really made for [Ice Cube's solo debut] AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted but we didn't put it out there, then we didn't put it out on [Ice Cube's second record] Kill At Will. But then when they came out with 'Here's what they think about you' thing and we put it out. That song was being perfected for two years."

Nonetheles, Jinx is proud of his work.

"There was no answer to 'No Vaseline' that's the difference, to be honest with you. The best diss record is when nobody responds. When you have something like when Nas came out with 'Ether' and Jay couldn't come back after that, I think he did 'Mr. Ugly' or something like that but it didn't work. He did it to him. 'No Vaseline' was like that."

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Martin Cizmar
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