In the early to mid 00’s, Just Blaze’s Baseline Studios was the capital of Hip-hop. Blaze’s beats fueled the Roc-A-Fella roster at its apex with hits like Jay-Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” and Cam’ Ron’s “Oh Boy.” Now that era is over. Blaze closed Baseline yesterday, with a celebratory “funeral,” a bittersweet but fitting end for a studio that defined a decade in Hiphop. The Village Voice has a video of the festivities here.
Though the studio he called home is gone, Blaze will continue producing, including for rising star Jay Electronica. Blaze’s soulful production style invairably strikes a chord with listeners and rappers alike and has made him one of the most sought after producers in Hip-hop. Perhaps the best is yet to come.