Just Blaze at Baseline in 2005. Photo By Bradley Carbone for Complex Magazine
Tonight marks the closing of Baseline Studios, one of NYC's last classic hip-hop recording spots. Known as the musical home of Roc-A-Fella Records from 2000 to 2003, it was originally run by Jay-Z's right hand man Juan Perez before he sold it to Just Blaze, who has run it for the last 6 years. The studio has a million and one stories (as Just recollects in a recent video interview with LTD), but more than anything, the Baseline will be remembered for the hundreds of hits that were recorded there, from Jay-Z anthems to Just Blaze passion projects. Complex compiled 10 of our all-time favorite Baseline tracks for your listening pleasure...
Jay-Z f/ Beanie Sigel "Stick 2 Da Script" (2000)
Album: Dynasty: Roc La Familia
BONUS: The White Rapper Show Records "Smoke In The Club"
• Not exactly a "classic song," but definitely a classic TV moment. John Brown and company hit Baseline to record a strip club anthem with Just and engineer Ryan West.
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