De’1 – 16 With A Bullet/Midnite Massacre was a promo cassette single that acted as an album sampler for De’ 1’s debut album Day One which never got released. 16 With A Bullet was one of the forgotten East Coast hip hop/rap singles that got lost in the shuffle of label politics and administrative changes at Reprise Records. This cassette single had excerpts of songs that were on the Day One album.
His entire single was produced by legendary producers of hip hop Marley Marl and K-Def. So you already know this single is going to have that dope boom bap sound. Notice the phat beats and heavy bass. New Jersey can’t get any better than this! Hip hop meets reggae on this single. 16 With A Bullet/Midnite Massacre is regarded as an underground classic among hip hop head and rap fans.
16 With A Bullet was the buzz single for the Day One album which became an underground classic in New Jersey and eventually the whole East Coast. This funky East Coast hip hop cut was produced by the legendary Marley Marl. The song uses a dope instrumental over boom bap beats. A blend of reggae is used as well. 16 With A Bullet samples a replayed version of Al Green – Love & Happiness.
A music video was shot in the city of Houston, Texas for the single. De’ 1 and Marley Marl can be seen sporting dreads. De’ 1 was originally from Houston but moved to New Jersey further his rap career. Of course Reprise dropped the ball on promoting this music.
16 With A Bullet is a cautionary tale about how street life can be deadly and De’ 1’s upbringing in the rough grimey streets of New Jersey. All De’ 1 wants is a good life and to escape from poverty. Poverty is what led him into a life of crime.
Midnite Massacre was produced by the legendary K-Def. This was listed as a “previously unreleased track” on the back credits. Midnite Massacre is also known as Original Flavor. K-Def is a master at producing hip hop and rap for the state of New Jersey.
Marley Marl produced Da Underground Sound himself. Da Underground Sound features Reprise label mates Lords Of The Underground and female New Jersey rapper Sah-B. Marley Marl makes an appearance also. The song samples Digital Underground – Humpty Dance.
I rate this single 5/5*****!!