Remember Rap-A-Lot Mainstay Mr. 3-2 Through This Golden 1989 Single (Audio)
Last November 10, rapper Mr. 3-2 (aka Christopher Barriere) was killed at a Houston gas station. As a member of The Convicts, Blac Monks, and Screwed Up Click, 3-2 played a pivotal role in Texas Hip-Hop throughout the 1990s and 2000s, especially J. Prince’s Rap-A-Lot Records. In that time, he influenced Snoop Dogg (who mourned his passing publicly), made a song that Jay Z and Roc-A-Fella Records would later pay homage to, and collaborated with G.O.O.D. Music producer Mike Dean early on.
While 3-2 is not here to enjoy it, his earliest music released last week. H-Town-based label On The Good Foot Music followed Scarface’s pre-Rap-A-Lot eponymous single, which he recorded for Lil’ Troy. Now, they have found 3-2’s first recording group, Private Identity. P.I. was also close with ‘Face and Troy in the late ’80s, prior to 3-2’s tenure at Rap-A-Lot. Consisting of “MC 3-2” and DJ “Def Jam Blaster,” the group’s two demo singles “Look At Me Now” and “Massive Murda” never saw the light of day…until now. Limited to 300 pressings, the 7″ release features a picture cover, foldout poster, and sticker.
On The Good Foot uploaded “Look At Me” for Ambrosia For Heads. Heads will hear the same sample elements knocks as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Brand New Funk.” However, the beat has other classic sample layers (including “Impeach The President” by The Honeydrippers), scratching, and an energetic MC with a nimble delivery. He would build a career for more than 25 years after this moment, and help put a city on the Rap map.
Rest in peace, Mr. 3-2.