In the early 1990s, S.P.O.T., then called SpotLyte, performed as a b-boy (break dancer) with a local group called Moe Dice. It was his involvement with them that influenced him to start song writing. S.P.O.T., which stands for Strategy Produces Overall Thought, graduated with an A.A.S in Music Business Management and a B.P.S in Music Business before starting the independent record label, Down 2 Earth Records, Inc.
in 2002. S.P.O.T. sees being an M.C. as an opportunity to communicate with the world and make a difference. He believes that being an M.C. is a blessing because everyone isn’t given the ability to express themselves through song. “An M.C. still holds its authentic purpose, which is to move the crowd, but I would like to do this physically, mentally and spiritually.”
In June this year, S.P.O.T. released the album, “The Extended Player”, through his independent label, Down 2 Earth Records. Right out the gate, this album smacked me in the face with the opening track, which is also the album’s lead single – “Masterpiece”. I sure wasn’t expecting S.P.O.T. to come out so smooth and epic with it, but then again, why not? The dude’s been around the block already, and comes out the best era of hip-hop ever – the roaring 90s!
S.P.O.T. shows that you can be hard without promoting drug-dealing or gang-banging. He shows that you can be a man by having integrity, not by flaunting your bling, the jewels and the cars you rented. He shows that you can be proud to be an intelligent black man. Yeah, and he does it over smooth soulful beats and some banging ones too!
What I love about this album is that by just turning the volume knob – up or down – it takes on a whole new semblance and attitude. “The Extended Player” is a jam I could surely hear booming my ride while cruising with the windows down, or play to rock the cookout, or just simply chill out with it late at night.
Secondly, I don’t want an album where I’m going to skip through the wack tracks, and S.P.O.T. delivers. There are no dud tracks here. He rocks the mic while trying to uplift his people, not while trying to feed into the negative stereotypes holding everyone down. Do you want lyrical skill and content…well here you go hip-hop heads!
The production is outstanding as well. Most of the tracks had me instantly bopping my head as I attentively listened to S.P.O.T.’s intelligent lyrics and easy flow. It is hard not to be attracted and seduced by tracks like “Masterpiece”, “Holding On”, “All I Know”, “Blowing Up” and “The One”, which focus on diverse beat styles, catchy vocal hooks and S.P.O.T.’s cultured, scientific flow, signature rap style and rhymes.
Any day is a good day for the underground of Hip Hop to rise and wash away the dirt and grime of the B.S. industry dudes that have ruined the game. A great way to start today is by grabbing “The Extended Player” by S.P.O.T.!