The iconic movie director, producer, and screenwriter passed away today after suffering from a stroke since April 17th. A family spokesman issued the following statement:
“We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time,” the family said in a statement.
While not an music artist or a producer, Singleton made a big impact on hip-hop with his movies. He casted artists such as Ice Cube, Janet Jackson, and Tupac Shakur. These movies included “Poetic Justice”, “Boyz in the Hood”, and “Higher Learning”.
It’s been almost four years since Sean Price’s untimely passing. Many have paid tribute to the late rapper in many ways. And when artists pass away, someone usually releases a posthumous album that compiles some unreleased tracks. Before Sean died, Small Professor worked with him on some tracks and released them as an album earlier this year called 86 Witness.
Small Producer is from Philadelphia, and originally was known as MC Esther. In 2004, he tried to write a whole album but it just wasn’t cutting it for him. So he went ahead and made beats instead. It was at that point he was known as Small Professor. Let me give you three reasons to follow him.
His name alone shows love to the old school
After deciding to quit rapping (known as MC Escher, he decided to focus on beat-making. He called himself Small Professor, because of his love for Large Professor and his album “Breaking Atoms”.
His beat making brings the old and new school together
Small Pro brings everyone together. His beats are a mix of Boom Bap and the Southern beats you hear of today. Both generations will like ’86 Witness as a collaboration album with the late Sean Price. Small Professor really brought out the best of P given how little he had to work with this posthumous album. Small Pro brings out the best of P, making his voice as grimey as we’ve known him to be.
His beats have its unique character, separating itself from other beats
If you listen to “Bear Witness”, the first track off ’86 Witness, it sets off the album with a bold positive beat. He’s got Price going off strong. “Word to Mother” is great with its beat changeup and scratch routine. The track not only includes P’s lyricism, but appearances by DJ revolution and Illa Ghee.
This has been a pretty hard week for the Hip-Hop community as they mourned the loss of Nipsey Hussle. A man who was not only known for his rhymes and music, but his entrepreneurship and his commitment to his community.
A lot of artists and celebrities shared their thoughts about the producer, leaving touching tributes on their accounts.