I remember the time I had my very first fight. It was against the neighborhood bully who also happened to be the son of the superintendent of the apartment building we live in. I was 9 years old at the time and he was much older and nearly twice my size.
It all started when my cousin, who was riding my bike in front of the Con Ed building across the street from where we lived, was approached by the bully and told to give him the bike. My cousin responded by saying no. I guess that wasn’t the answer he wanted to hear. He started throwing Now and Later candies at him which caused my cousin to cry. I was upset by what he was doing to my little cousin and although he was much bigger and older than me, I was not going to let him get away with it.
I asked him to quit bothering my cousin and he responded by saying “What are you going to do about it?” I ran towards him and punched him square in the face. This was probably the only good punch I got off. This kid whooped my ass. What made it bad was he laughed at me in front of some girls! Someone should have told him that I had a nasty temper and I’m a prideful Gemini who hates losing. I picked up a rock and smacked him upside his head with it and sent him home crying with a large lump on his head. I know what I did was dirty but I was not about to go out like a punk in front of some girls.
I remember being put on the spot while in the recording studio with DJ Scott La Rock. Scott had just completed a track using a sample from an old Three Dog Night record called Mama Told Me Not To Come and decided that the track would be used as my DJ Red Alert radio promo. Now imagine this, I was 16 years old at the time and I had never written a lyric in my life and here I am being tested. How’s that for pressure. I sat in the studio for 1 hour and came up with a song called The TR808 Is Coming, which at the time I thought was cool but listening back to it now, I sound absolutely ridiculous!
Most people never understood what the TR808 was and why it became my moniker. Well, initially I started out as the human beatbox for the group on a song called The P is Free. The TR808 was an old drum machine that produced the 808 kick drum which is still one of the most widely used drum sounds to date. Being that the 808 kick drum was so powerful, Scott felt that the name was suitable for me. I became D-Nice The Human TR 808. To be honest, I hated it. It reminded me of an unknown Marvel Comic superhero.
After doing some research on the web, I found a copy of the original version of The TR 808 Is Coming, featuring the intro by DJ Scott La Rock & KRS-ONE straight from the Red Alert radio show. How crazy is it that my very first demo became a staple on the Red Alert radio show for almost 2 years?