The Best Of Stevie J: Bad Boy Hitman
Steven Jordan a.k.a Stevie J was a member of the legendary Bad Boy Hitmen, back in the labels hey day.
Jordan is one of those people with a natural ability for music, enabling him to play various instruments. It’s alleged that Stevie was discovered by Puff while he was singing in a studio with Total. Puff then signed him on the spot.
Stevie started building his name by doing remix work for Bad Boy. Often the remix would become more requested then the original.
Stevie J (along with Dr Dre) was one of the first producers in Hip Hop to bypass copyright laws by using interpolations. This is where an artist or producer covers someone elses work by either replaying the original work with session musicians or just altering the original by lifting certain notes. When this is done, only the publisher needs to give permission which makes the process much cheaper. Jordan being able to play multiple instruments, was able to do this whenever he needed to.
Stevie’s beats were hard hitting but smooth at the same time. As a result he was able to switch back and forth between R’nB and Hip Hop. Once Jordan had left The Hitmen, Bad Boy became less prominent on Billboard, possibly as a result of the departure of this sound and the loss of some of the label’s biggest artists.
Many of his beats tend to include intricate piano intros and string overdubs. The “jiggy” sound that you heard in his percussion/drum programming that includes shakers and triangles and a digital turntable , was heavily imitated by many producers at that time in Hip Hop.
Puff Daddy ft The Lox & Lil Kim: All About The Benjamins (Where Biggie’s verse begins is produced by Stevie J)