Outside the Lines With Rap Genius – Mr. Len Excerpt #4 - The Dub Room Lyrics
Mr. Len: I used to work in the dub room at Jive, during the days of Midnight Marauders, Return of the Boom Bap, the Souls of Mischief record. They had Menace II Society. It was a great time. It was like '93
SameOldShawn: What were you doing there?
ML: Just working in the dub room. I would dub tapes for sample clearance and for the A&Rs to hear the albums. So, like, I heard versions of Return of the Boom Bap that y'all would never have heard
SOS: Did you sneak any cassettes home for yourself?
ML: Absolutely! I have versions of the Souls of Mischief album with extra songs. I put a picture up on Instagram and Opio saw it and was like, damn! Because these are songs -- of course they know 'em. But they're like, we never released this song. It brings back memories for them, because it's like, yo, this was a hot record, but it just didn't make the album. That was a good time for me. I was about 17 years old
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