THROWBACK: Eminem & A.L (All Lyrics) On Solo Vibes Radio Baruch College [12/9/97]

P-Love and DJ Sincere hosted the Solo Vibes radio show every Tuesday night from 8pm to 9pm during the mid to late 1990s on Baruch College Radio WBMB.  Solo Vibes was at the same time an equal and an homage to all the New York City underground/college radio shows that we were brought up on and the shows we loved. Besides playing exclusives and the newest and best hip hop (in our eyes). We always had ciphers that showcased the hottest emcees new or known.  S.V.M shares how this actual cipher featuring a young Eminem and A.L was put together.

Skam (mentioned on the Eminem song "Stan") had met Eminem thru his manager Paul Rosenberg and gave P-Love his demo maybe in mid November.  Skam always spoke about how dope Eminem was and thanks to him and Shabaam Sahdeeq (who along with DJ Spinna and a few other underground emcees: A.L (All Lyrics), Kwest, and Skam were recording a few songs with Shabaam for his single on Rawkus records) had hooked up Em to come to our show the night before to come thru on Tuesday. We already had A.L on our show and since A.L had recently won a battle event in NY. We thought it would be cool to pair him with Eminem to rhyme back and forth, (there were only two microphones so only two MC’s could go at a time. 

I remember when Eminem came to the show with Paul Rosenberg. Eminem comes in somewhat shy or just cool and I thought Paul was his bodyguard because he was a big dude. Needless to say Em killed it with a battle style that was so sharp, besides his flow and delivery, how he spit, what he spit, and how everyone in the room was so impressed. You could hear laughter, oooooo's and ahhhhhs after some of his punch lines. All the emcees up there that night killed it and you could feel the energy and how raw it was just on some hip-hop shit. I thanked Eminem and kept in touch with Paul over the course of the years we continued the show.  

He brought up an unsigned rapper named Royce Da 5’9 a few months later and we made history that night as well but that's another story. Paul continued to hit me off with demos and unreleased songs and it wasn't long until Dr. Dre heard how much talent Eminem had and signed him. I was at Paul's office one day and he played me the "My Name Is" video before the song was even out and right there I knew he was going be a star. I just didn't know that his star would shoot that far.  Props to Eminem and A.L for coming through that night and killing it. 


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