The best way to describe what happened to Mic Geronimo is like taking a girl to prom, only to have her leave you for another guy, who just happens to become the prom king. Now, multiply that by 3! “Time To Build” didn’t really start the careers of Jay-Z (then JZ), Ja Rule or DMX, but it is ironic how things played out. Think about this, Masta I.C. was probably the 3rd or 4th single off the debut The Natural. Here comes a b-side, not even the single, but a b-side featuring 3 relatively unknown rappers. These 3 went on to SAVE Def Jam. They became of the biggest names in hip-hop, some of you call one of these dudes the GOAT. NOBODY could have predicted this, but maybe Irv Gotti. He was always shrewd, and if you ignore most of what 50 says about him these days, you’d still think that. An opportunist who hustled relentlessly and had a vision that all came to fruition. I own every Mic G album, The Natural is a personal fav. I even enjoyed Vendetta too, although it was definitely a commercial grab. TVT Records must have been a shit hole, especially after watching @defiantones. But hip-hop took a turn. Mic G originally dropped before the Jigga era rushed in. He debuted during the end of the 2nd Golden Era, where music wasn’t so dictated by labels. Most of us appreciate his earlier work, but again, the irony is when we resisted some of those changes, it was probably the very thing that made guys like Ja, DMX or Jay-Z so popular. The death of Biggie and Pac left a huge void. Some people can sustain commercial success and others aren’t as fortunate. This isn’t a pity party for Mic G. He seems like a good dude who is doing well, but damn, imagine being a part of something like that? Jay was still rapping fast like he did with Jaz/Original Flavor/BDK, but it was still Jay. Ja, fresh off the CMC, was a nobody, until he became somebody. And we all know DMX might have been with Ruffhouse in ’93, but he wasn’t a name until he begged cats to get at him. Music is funny like that. It feels like when Walter White left Gray Matter before they went public sold for a billion dollars. Well, maybe not the same, but definitely a similar feeling.