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Combat Jack Presents: True Stories Behind 25 Rap Classics

C.N.N. f/ Tragedy Khadafi "T.O.N.Y." (Top of New York) (1997)


Produced by: Nashiem Myrick
"I was representing Nashiem Myrick and Tragedy Khadafi. Apparently they had beef as they were each part of opposing crews from Queens. That beef resulted in a fight that broke out on a famed boat ride that ended up with some fellow from a crew getting tossed off the boat and into the Hudson River. Literally. I don't know specifically what boat ride it was, but if you ever bring up the old beef between Trag and Nashiem's peoples, the first thing they'll mention is the boat ride where dunny was forced off the boat. One day, they were both in my office—appointments colliding—and the air was tense. Both clients were known to have been real thuggish on the streets. Fast thinking and talking, I helped convince them that we were all on the same team, and there was collabs to make, money to earn. Trag cautiously shared with Nashiem how he was working on his group, Capone-N-Noreaga.

"They start building on ideas. The first collabo they worked on was 'T.O.N.Y.' I used to have a barber, Shawn Brown, who used to come by my office to cut my hair (I was stunting). He happened to be in my office during a follow-up meeting. Shawn was from Queens, too, knew both Trag and Nashiem very well. Shawn was an aspiring singer, and in my office, he politicked his way into singing the hook to that record. The title should also add 'feat. Shwan Brown.' When 'T.O.N.Y.' dropped, cats weren't expecting that from Trag. It had been a long time since he had any heat, and no one had ever heard of C.N.N. before. Talk about organic, I watched that song go from a truce between two foes to becoming a Tunnel classic."

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