Consequence is synonymous with Kanye West having been one of many first artists signed to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, and he stays one in every of his closest allies to today. However years earlier than linking up with Ye, the Queens, New York native nearly signed to a different Hip Hop mogul: Diddy.
In a current interview with VladTV, Cons revealed Puff tried to signal him to Dangerous Boy through the label’s heyday within the mid Nineteen Nineties, when its franchise participant, The Infamous B.I.G., was nonetheless alive and writing each himself and the model into the historical past books.
Nevertheless, the deal didn’t undergo after Consequence’s cousin, Q-Tip, realized the potential that was proper underneath his nostril and “intercepted” the play, making Cons the most recent member of A Tribe Known as Quest.
The Don’t Stop Your Day Job! rapper made his debut on the legendary group’s 1996 album Beats, Rhymes & Life, which Consequence admitted irked Phife Dawg on the time and adjusted the dynamic inside the group.
“I really had a deal on the desk with Puff,” he mentioned. “I by no means received the paperwork as a result of Q-Tip intercepted it and simply mentioned, ‘Yo, I’m placing you within the group. I see you bought a deal — adequate for me! Let’s go!’ However I did get a verbal curiosity from Puff through the B.I.G. and Mack marketing campaign.”
Talking to HipHopDX, Consequence shed extra mild on his proposed take care of Dangerous Boy, explaining that he initially caught Diddy’s consideration after Q-Tip shouted him out on Craig Mack’s “Get Down (Remix).”
“No Identify, Ray Tip, what’s goin’ on love?/ You realize shit is hard and we coming by bugged,” he rapped on the music.
“On the time, Q-Tip had been working with Puff as a result of he had performed the ‘Get Down’ remix for Craig Mack. He did the beat and in addition put a function verse on the finish during which he shouted me out,” Cons defined. “In Queens, on Linden Boulevard, I used to be generally known as Ray Tip, ‘Lil Cuz.’
“Along with the remix and the function, we did a pair exhibits. We got here out on the Beacon Theatre with Craig Mack, so we have been mingling with Dangerous Boy.”
Puff was satisfied to supply Consequence a document deal after Tip performed him “Dwelling It Up,” a music from his cousin’s demo.
“On the time, Q-Tip was engaged on my demo and we had a document known as ‘Dwelling It Up’ which not solely Puff, however — relaxation in peace — Chris Lighty had cherished,” he continued. “When Q-Tip performed ‘Dwelling It Up’ for Puff, Puff was like, ‘Yo, lemme get playboy, I’ll signal him proper now. He’s fireplace.’
“Which led to Q-Tip and I having a dialog, which led to Q-Tip deciding that as a substitute of me signing to Puff, he needed me to hitch A Tribe Known as Quest as the brand new member. Which, you realize, in all probability one of many craziest methods anyone may begin their profession within the ’90s. I used to be blessed.”
Though he by no means ended up becoming a member of Dangerous Boy, who would revolutionize the rap sport within the late ’90s with their shiny fits and jiggy road hits, Consequence maintained a relationship with Diddy and the remainder of the Dangerous Boy household. In 2010, he enlisted Puff and former Dangerous Boy signees The LOX for his “No matter U Need (Remix).”
“That was the primary joint that they had performed collectively in years,” Cons mentioned. “Black Rob was pal of mine, relaxation in peace. Me and Sheek Louch even have a brand new document popping out known as ‘Child Mothers,’ and Jadakiss co-signed my ‘Blood Stain’ single final yr, so we stored a relationship.
“It’s humorous ’trigger lots of people wouldn’t assume it on paper, however Tribe and Dangerous Boy, we have been undoubtedly cool peoples and did loads of enterprise collectively.”
Consequence was additionally lucky sufficient to hit the studio with Biggie earlier than he was tragically murdered in 1997, though a collaboration by no means materialized.
“I didn’t get an opportunity to work with Huge, however I did get an opportunity to work with Religion [Evans] on ‘Burdened Out,’” he added. “I used to be within the studio with Huge when he was speculated to be on Busta Rhymes’ album with Nas and Methodology Man.
“Additionally I had linked with him within the studio when he was doing a session with Religion. I’d have cherished to have performed a joint with Huge, however sadly it by no means transpired.”
Virtually 30 years after his auspicious begin in music, Consequence stays as hungry as ever. The veteran lyricist is at present gearing as much as drop his new album Good Doing Enterprise With You, and has stoked the fires with a handful of singles already — most notably the Kanye West-produced “Blood Stain,” which just lately acquired a makeover courtesy of Rick Ross and Amerie.