Steve Rifkin Spills To The Hip Hop Chronicle (Video)

Sumit over at The Hip Hop Chronicle put some excellent questions to founder and chairman of Loud Records and SRC Records, Steve Rifkin, earlier this month, covering topics including his first meeting with Havoc, trying to sign Jay-Z, signing the Wu-Tang Clan and smoking with Tupac.

“Firstly I got him to break down the Duck Seazon lyrics where RZA says ‘Steve Rifkind must be sniffin’,” says The Hip Hop Chronicle. “We then get onto speaking about Steve’s first encounters with artists. He explains how Havoc lit up a blunt and caused a fire alarm during their first meet. Steve talks about the first time he met Melanie Fiona and thought her manager was ‘breath-takingly beautiful’.

Dame Dash as a 16 year old was a ‘cocky motherfucker’. He came into Steve’s office shouting and screaming with his cousin. Then Steve tells me two stories about how he threw a chair out of the window and was escorted out of the building in handcuffs over a Wu Tang record and how he almost had a fight with a label President because they wouldn’t sign Jay-Z.”

“Steve Rifkind recounts the time when he signed the Wu Tang Clan. They performed ‘Protect Your Neck’ and then a random intern runs into the room saying, ‘That’s that shit!’.  Steve also talks about the time when Tupac stayed at his house in L.A. and how they used to smoke together. And finally (with some help, thanks Shane!), Steve tells me the time when he broke his nose playing basketball and while on the way to the hospital, he was told to listen to 3 Akon records, which he loved and decided he had to sign him.”

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