Just Blaze Says Goodbye to Baseline Studios


Fitting that the recording studio that basically defined how rap sounded in the first decade of this new millennium will not survive 2010. Just Blaze’s Baseline Studios was where Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella empire was built in the aughts; from The Dynasty: Roc La Familia to The Blueprint to the Black Album, Jay and company called Baseline home, posting up there in the brief, ridiculous years in which Roc-A-Fella counted both Blaze and Kanye West as house producers. Everything from “U Don’t Know” to “December 4th” was written and recorded here, to say nothing of records Blaze did for other artists: Kanye, T.I., Cam’ron, etc. Now, Justin Smith is moving out, officially capping an era that was already on its way out circa Jay-Z’s fake retirement in 2004. But what an era it was. Anyway, he’s holding a wake: Thursday 4pm-9pm; email him if you want to go. If those walls could talk, they’d say a lot of fucked up, incredible things. [@TheMegatronDon, via Rap Radar]

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