In typical Philaflava fashion somebody posts a request or a question and they usually get a quick response. In this case they got a response by the man who was behind the music in question–L.E. Square.
What you’re about to read is the most in depth look at 100x there’s ever been. The name may look familiar in the blogosphere. You may know them as the group Rasheed Wallace signed or as the group that’s 12″ singles fetch top dollar on eBAY, but today you’re going to know what 100x was all about.
Be sure you read the entire thing because at the end there are two exclusive tracks that has never been released until now. With L.E. Square’s permission we’re leaking it here first. That’s right, T.R.O.Y. is dominating the game. Lights out blogger nerds, we run things.
by L.E. Square
Lee “L.E. Square” Johnson
Founding Member and Producer of
100X (10th & Oxford)
The group started out being known as the Untouchables. We have one wax release under that name on Solid Ground records. (12inch. Death Wish b/w MC Killin). The members then were “Magnificent Mar,” “Round Mound” and “Darryl C a.k.a. Dangerous Darryl.”
1989 – 90
Darryl C left the group as did Round Mound. The group reformed and Round Mound returned as “RM” and Mar changed his name to “Lamar Supreme” and the group changed its name to 100X picking up the neighborhood street moniker (100X – 10th & Oxford.) With help of my first manager Sidney Cliett I got my first MPC 60. We added members BadNews, Mal Blak, Lex Ruger and Mustafo. I recorded tons of 100X material in my parents basement on 13th and Oxford.
1992 – 99
My basement studio became one of the hottest go to spots in Philadelphia. I have worked with tons of artists who I will name later. We did various shows in the Tri-State area, mainly Philly.
We did shows with Ice Cube, Onyx, KRS One, Naughty BY Nature, Nice n Smooth, Poor Righteous Teachers, Tim Dog, Ultramagnectic MC’s, Wu-Tang Clan, Keith Murray, Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack and Redman. We bombed every “Rap Underground North” and Club Dances. The Trocederou was one of our favorite spots to perfom as was Rhythms @ 2121 Arch St. The sound engineer from that club was Tony Pleas and we became great friends and he introduced me to “Greg Osby” who recorded for Capitol Records.
From that situation was born 3-D Lifestyles. I produced 6 records on that album and my brother “RM” did 2. One of my best friends at that time (PUD, may he rest in peace) introduced me to Blair Thomas. Blair and I formed a partnership and the small studio that I built in my
parents home became a bigger one. The garage became the booth and the music machine really started pumping hard. “RM” (who is my younger brother) started producing as well as Lamar Supreme. I created X-Calibre Records and Manhole Productions and X-Calibre Studios. We got a building and built a 2 room facility after spending a lot of money at Silicon Chip mixing and laying tracks for the single which became “Beyond The Door.” We continued to produce lots of material and the next single to come was “Fast Loot Tactics.” We also shot a video for this song. I did a remix and we took both songs to radio. The remix started getting a lot of spins. At that time I began to produce other groups outside of 100X. Tommy Hill of Ram Squad, Major Figgas, Jaguar Wright and I also did Gillie’s first hit single “Love for Gillie.” I was the first to produce Ab-Liva (Major Figgas & The Clipse). In addition I also worked with Suave House Records and did Gillie’s “Something to Bounce 2.” At that time our relationship with Blair was ending and again thru my best friend PUD I met the next person who became involved in the 100X movement, Rasheed Wallace.
We had two releases pressed duting our time with Rasheed which was the EP called “Plugged In” and another 12 in that had “Thug Bowl” on it. Rasheed wanted to start a label. I came up with “Urban Life Records” and “Direct Hit Studios,” which was a million dollar plus facility. (The
1st Euphonix System 5 facility in the area).
2001 – present.
After leaving Rasheed in 2001, I started BME ( Big Moves Entertainment) and put out an EP and Video on “RM” who added “Willie Hutch” as one of his names. We shot an EPK and also did a video. My next project was a studio at 4th and South called “The Heat”(1 of the 1st HD3 rooms in the city). We moved the studio to another building in that same area and the studio changed
its name to the “4th Quarter”. Not seeing eye to eye. I left that situation and went out on the west coast with Waynes World Entertainment to work some acts from “Aftermath Records.”After meeting Dr. Dre and working with a few of his artists (which he dropped by the way) and recording another “RM” album I came back to Philly and started working on my own projects. I went to Va. Beach and signed with Teddy Riley and kinda layed low after that. I’m glad to say I’m back at it with a new artist that has a deal with Koch Records. His name is C-Luk (see look).
Artists I have worked with.
RM a.k.a. Willie Hutch
Do It All (Lords of the Underground)
Dutch & Spade
Philly’s Most Wanted
Shaunta (Timbos artist that’s went to Aftermath)
Sounds of Rage
Sons of Rage
Tramp n Haze
Ari Forman (Designer of Beyond the Door cover)
D.O.D. The Situation
E a.k.a. 24-7
Rowdy Black Giants
Brother From The Darkside
Kenny Lee (Late brother of Philly’s “Cosmic Kev”)
Joe Street (Original member of BlackStreet)
Conway (artist out of Vegas signed to Motown)
D.J. Clark Kent
The Columbians (J. O’Neals group)
Porno (The Roots)
The Youngstas aka Da Youngsta Illy Funkstaz
Chopper (Making the Band)
Da Bum Rush & E.Ness (he came from Da Bum Rush)
I wanna shout a few of my fellow producers
Brian, Tim & Jay (Shynin)
Supreme (Dispatcher Music)
Pharrell Williams (my cousin)
Poison Ladd S.L.R.
Beats In General
Muhammad a.k.a. M Ladin
And some very important people.
My Mom, Ms. Dee and my Dad Mr. J.; they supported and support me still!
RM and my wife “Fatty,” Sidney Cliett, Laronn “LA” Reid, Valdimir “PUD” Gibson, Blair Thomas, Barry Jones, Tony Pleas, Greg Osby, Pharrell Williams, Rasheed Wallace, Wizzard, Thomas “Money”Jones and Rell(Broski).
Twice As Nice (prod. L.E. Square)
Bounce (prod. L.E. Square) *Producer of Nas’ Hate Me Now
Random 100x joints
Thug Bowl (prod. L.E Square)*
Time To Play (prod. Self)
Fugivtive (prod. L.E. Square)**
*The sample comes from John Madden ’96 on Sega Genesis.
**The sampled horns are from the movie The Fugitive.
Beyond The Door EP
Fast Loot Tatics EP
http://rapidshare.com/files/155919813/100x_-_fast_loot_tactics_ep_1995.zip.html (pw: philaflava)
For the first time ever we proudly present to you two exclusive 100x tracks for your listening pleasure.