Windmill, windmill for the land. Turned forever hand in hand Take it all in on your stride It is ticking, falling down Love forever love is free Let’s turn forever you and me Windmill, windmill for the land Is everybody in?
~The song that started it all for me. Absolutely brilliant.
Jay-Z, photographed on classic 120mm film,
for XXL magazine by Jonathan Mannion in 1999.
This contact sheet is from the XXL shoot that officially announced Jay-Z, DMX, and Ja Rule as the Murder Inc. rap group, shown on the cover of the June 1999 issue. Producer Irv Gotti first gathered Jay, Rule and DMX on Mic Geronimo’s 1995 track ‘Time to Build.’ Gotti would eventually work to get all three artists solo deals with Def Jam in collaboration with their respective labels. The trio worked closely over the next few years, recording tracks together, appearing in one another’s videos, and then hitting the road together on Hov’s Hard Knock Life Tour. As a group, Murder Inc. only officially released two songs - although Ja and Gotti have said there are unreleased tracks in the vault. Murder Inc. could have been one of the greatest rap groups of all time - but sadly ego got in the way of them releasing an album.
“What do you think is gonna happen with three of the illest niggas together?”
THIS WILL BE THE BEST COUPLE MINUTES YOU LISTEN TO, SHORT, YET VERY DAMN DEADLY. I AM NOT THE ONE TO FUCK WITH. IF YOU LIKED “DOORWAY HORROR” THIS IS FOR YOU. IF YOU TIRED OF THE SAME TIRED OUT RAP BULLSHIT YOU HEAR ON THE RADIO. WELCOME TO MY DIMENSION, WELCOME TO THAT HORROR FLICK, WELCOME…TO MY WORLD.