Throwback: Jamal-Keep It Real
Jamal’s short-lived solo presence on the rap scene in the ’90’s produced the album, Last Chance, No Breaks. The Philadelphia rapper was originally signed to Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records as one-half of the group Illegal. For his debut he had the benefit of producers Rockwilder, Easy Mo Bee, Erik Sermon and Redman. “Keep It Real” didn’t establish him as a top-shelf lyricist but the Stevie Wonder sample made the song linger and the whole production was ambitious for a 16-year old. Redman produced “Fade Em All” which became the other single on the album. The Pete Rock remix is often cited as the favored version and some fans feel it should have been chosen for the full-length instead of Redman’s interpretation. Although Jamal’s work as a solo artist was brief he appeared on songs with several artists including Busta Rhymes, MC Breed, Method Man, Young Zee and others. Last Chance, No Breaks did not launch a huge career for Jamal but it is mostly remembered for being another defining deposit to the Golden Era sound.