Friday, June 20, 2008

Who’s Best-Best?

Timbaland Protégé’s Battle Off Over Missy Elliott’s “Best-Best” Single

Old school rap battles still take place on every street across the country. Beat battles have always surfaced amongst mixtapes and underground disc scratching contests but not too often do you see battles taking place across mainstream radio. Elliott always seems to have a trick up her sleeve and she did just that to get the promo started on her seventh studio album entitled, “Block Party.” The battle between Danjahandz and Mikey Bo’s production styles has officially begun over Elliott’s “Best Best” single. Both main stage producers remained under the working thumb of Timbaland years prior, now, both are breaking out on their own production tip. Missy Elliott enticed the festivities by releasing two versions of her debut single, one from each producer. The release comes street style; on the vote of who’s track is hotter. Danjahandz has already won the knod (according to Atlantic Records release information} ( However, the Mikey Bo version is crawling across radio stations and internet blogs faster than the original. So, why did Mikey Bo get the snub? Atlantic chose the Danjahandz production over Bo’s due to “branding” and “rankings” in comparison to Mikey‘s current status.

Bo hasn’t branded himself enough and remains too quiet in retrospect to Danja’s higher buzz within the industry. Bo commented on the single and Atlantic’s response, via telephone, stating; “I love the Danja single and I’m just happy Missy is coming back with her seventh album.” “She’s one of my idols and it’s just an honor to touch anything she’s involved in regardless of the outcome for myself.” “Sometimes the love for your craft comes before a dollar sign and just touching the song was honor enough for me.” “I’m also a big fan of Nathans (Danja) and the work he’s doing right now is amazing and I couldn’t be happier for him.” Bo was also put on the spot when asked about his work on his rumored debut album. His response: [a laugh, a short pause, another laugh and then a muttered,] “well, I’m just working on lots and don’t have too much to say about all that I guess.” Bo still won’t budge on any talk regarding his project. Mikey Bo is set to release a remixed track with Keri Hilson next week titled, “Energy.” Bo also has been rumored to be producing LL Cool J’s new artist “Izzo.”

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Houston Rapper “Baby Jay” Collabs With Mikey Bo On New Records

With the release of his debut hip-hop album, “Keepin It Real“, Baby Jay is delivering a message often overlooked or ignored by many of today’s rap artist. Baby Jay, also known as Jonathan Gutierrez in his school, gives a message of unity, hope, and encouragement to the youth of today. In the wake of the all turmoil in the public school system, Baby Jay’s message is being welcomed with open arms by many of his peers in school, as well as school districts across the State of Texas with no signs of slowing down. Baby Jay, 16-years old, was born and raised in Galena Park/Houston, Texas.

Baby Jay distinguishes himself from the typical associations of today’s popular rap artists. While popular rap music often contain a message of praise to the material things in life, Baby Jay’s message is one that is rooted in reality towards doing the right thing. A stance that was a trigger for Nebraska born producer, Mikey Bo. Intrigued by the rare and commended message Baby Jay was sending to his fans, Mikey Bo immediately accepted the opportunity to work with Jay. Bo’s admiration for Jay only excelled once the pair began recording. Mikey Bo and Baby Jay have officially released the remix to Jay’s debut single, “Keepin it Real“. The ‘Mikey Bo Remix’ can be found below. Bo also worked with Jay on a few other records expected to be on his debut album coming in 2008.

On April 28, 2007, Baby Jay’s music video “Don’t Laugh at Me” received the prestige Remi Award at the World Film/Video Festival! In August 2007, Baby Jay became one of the youngest voting members of the Recording Academy, also known as the Grammy's in Texas! May 4th will forever be known as Baby Jay Day in Galena Park, TX and May 16th will forever be known as Baby Jay Day in Houston/Harris County! Also on May 16th, 2008 Baby Jay received the Key to the City of Houston! He's the first rapper and the youngest to receive it!

Baby Jay's anticipated album "Keepin It Real" now available online on his websites including and the anticipated re-release CD "Keepin It Real" Part II will hit stores Fall 2008!

Baby Jay - Keepin It Real (Part 2) (Prod. By Mikey Bo)

Baby Jay - Keepin It Real (Part 2) (Mikey Bo Instrumental)