“The collective known as Massive Staff was formed by a group of MC’s and producers that started recording out of “The Safehouse.” The Safehouse was a home studio owned by Kyle Knordle, aka Knowledge, based in East Orange, NJ. In the early 90’s, The Safehouse was a creative center for numerous underground New Jersey artists. Known for its clear sound and hard, gritty beats, produced by Knowledge and his partner “Gee the Madman,” The Safehouse attracted a number of up and coming artists that were well known to the Jersey music scene.
Artists like Rah Digga (Flipmode, Outsidaz), Josh Milan (Blaze), Fatal Hussain (Tupac’s Outlaws), Omega (N.A.C./Refugee Camp), Tame One (Artifacts), Pace Won (Outsidaz) , Feerce (Crazy Cat), and even the legendary Grand Master Flash are just a few of the artists that passed through and honed their skills at the Safehouse.
It is from this hotbed of activity that the artists of Massive Staff initially came together. Since teenagers, Knowledge was partnered with his friend Rich Fresh, aka Troublemaker. This friendship was formed in East Orange High School where they battled against future rap stars Treach & Vinnie from Naughty by Nature and Chino XL. The two rappers along with engineer/producer Gee the Madman decided to start an independent label known as Safehouse records.
They added 2 artists based out of Newark, NJ. The witty and complex MC known as Malai Majid, and the smooth criminal, Killa Nug. Each artist brought a different style and personality to the group. Knowledge, a metaphor genius; Malai, unpredictable flavor; Troublemaker, a freestyle master and Killa Nug; no-nonsense hardcore street flow. The 4 artists would come together as Safehouse Records’ vanguard.
A1 Nasty Newark Air
A3 Stick Up
B3 Your Last Breath (Ya Smel’At?)
All songs written, produced, and mixed by Massive Staff for Safehouse Productions.
Recorded at Fly Guy Studio & Ironbound Studios
Price is £19.99 + shipping
There will be 350 copies pressed ONLY