T La Rock

EXCLUSIVE: Rap Pioneer T La Rock Discusses His Influence On Drake's New Single "Wu-Tang Forever"

T La Rock

T La Rock In The Early 1980’s

(AllHipHop News) Drake’s new single “Wu Tang Forever” is already an internet sensation. The song has been touted as a tip of the hat to Shaolin’s finest, but Hip-Hop lovers will recognize the hook samples Wu Tang’s own tribute to the “Lyrical King” aka T La Rock and his seminal single “It’s Yours.”

T La Rock, an MC and DJ since the early 70’s, collaborated with Rick Rubin and “It’s Yours” stands in history as Def Jam’s first release in 1984.

Since then, the song has been sampled or reworked by several generations of artists including Nas, Drake, Q-Tip, Mystikal, and Wu Tang.

“When Wu Tang made ‘Its Yourz’ it took a while before people realized the entire concept was based on my song. Unbelievable!!” T La Rock exclaimed to AllHipHop.com. “I freestyled off of Nas ‘The World Is Yours’ instrumental from Illmatic at a jam not long ago. And some people came up to me and said I did a better job on that Nas beat than he did.”

When asked about Drake, T La Rock responds, “I have not met him. But I hear he has mentioned my name over the years.”

Did T La Rock receive credit or publishing from the numerous versions he has inspired?

“I always receive a check. I am still collecting royalty and publishing checks from records I recorded years ago.” T La Rock told AllHipHop.com. “I educate the artist of today that do not know about publishing. Royalty checks is lunch money compared to publishing.”

Today, AllHipHop.com wishes T La Rock a Happy, Henny, Birthday!

T La Rock – It’s Yours http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXpyMtvi1as

Wu Tang Clan – Its Yourz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OmS51lDEYg

Nas – The World Is Yours http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_srvHOu75vM

Drake – Wu-Tang Forever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gz_ZPdYDgY

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  • HAPPY BIRTHDATE T LA ROCK

    • not sure why someone would thumbs down a birthday shout to a hip hop legend, that’s a real butthole move, wise up

      • I remember when that ‘chet happened to Tony on 174th & Plimpton?
        Ended his career. He is also the brother of The Treacherous 3’s Special K & The Funky 4’s Kieth Kieth.

        University projects, home of Elanor Bumpurs.
        Hip Hop History.

      • special k is nice too, dope family

      • All down to earth type dudes, been in the game since it started.

        4 Brothers, 3 are rap artist.

        The fourth, Caesar, well…..

      • SBRon

        King High School, rite?

      • Not sure, they were older dudes, famz still tight with Kieth.

      • SBRon

        Pretty sure dude was a Senior when I was a Freshman… Think Fearless Four was there, too!

      • n n

        Damn you go way back I feel good now you remember groups like the Mercedes ladies and fearless four? ,I remember seeing KK Rockwell in the elevator cracked out when I lived in 1372 , I felt bad. Like damn sylvia Robinson somewhere living life, this dude is Trying to score crack .

      • Grew up on Fearless 4, friends with Grandmaster Caz on FB, he runs with a childhood friend / Henny Boy,

  • El moreno de Queens #Dominican

    fag ass nicca

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      THATS WAY BEFORE UR TIME U GAY BOY. POSTING MY AVI TRYING TO FRONT. MEN LIE WOMEN LIE, NUMBERS DONT!!!1

  • Pierre Elliott

    WOW. THIS IS WHY THE INTERNET HAS BECOME A BAD THING.
    TOO MANY LOSERS LIKE THIS NO NAME FAG.

    GET YOUR MONEY T LA ROCK.

  • andone

    and n!gg@s have the nerve to talk down on kanye’s style… SMH!

    • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

      T. La rock has “swag”

      • andone

        i never said he didnt… that “SMH” was directed towards kanye haters not rock… read between the lines!

      • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

        I hear ya but I was being sarcastic. No disrespect to either of them musically but they both dress like homos.

      • andone

        i took ur comment serious cuz it seemed like u we’re implying that kanye doesnt have “swag” and that rock does… on second look i get it but my point is that ppl are quick to lash out a ye and forget about the ol school cats that dressed “different” back in the day… IJS

      • people hate kanye for damn good reasons lol. no one is hear thinking that that homo up top is cool…. kanye is a homo and so is this clown, oh and drake is a homo… and the song is garbage

      • that nigga got sumpin and it ant swag

  • Dan_Tebasco

    I would not take credit for Drake’s Wu Tang Forever-song :I

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  • blah blah blah the song sucks, the 2nd verse is the worst i have heard from drake, its bad.

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  • Pirate7X

    Man I’m so glad T-La Rock is getting his publishing $$$ to this day. Pisses me off when cats are stuck without credit or dollars for their work from bad business by the industry parasites or their own mess-ups. Artists take notes.

    Folks do the knowledge on one the greatest emcees in the game and pioneer on scientific lyricism, yes him and his brother Special K (shouts to EdOGZ818) set it off (T3 New Rap Language). “Breaking Bells”, “What’s The Name of This Song (Runaway)” and too many others. That a true pioneer is getting his due made my day, y’all have a good one. : )

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