Fatman Scoop (real name Isaac Freeman III) is a New York City hip hop artist and producer. He is best known for the track "Be Faithful" with the Crooklyn Clan which went to number one in the UK and Ireland in late 2003 and top 5 in Australia. The song has been a favourite in clubs around the world for years but it took two years to clear the samples from Jay-Z, Black Sheep, Queen Pen, the Beatnuts and Faith Evans. The track takes its name from the sample of Evans singing. The follow up "It Takes Scoop" reached the top 5 in the UK, the top 20 in Ireland and the top 40 in Australia in 2004.
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"It Takes Scoop" reached the top 5 in the UK, the top 20 in Ireland and the top 40 in Australia in 2004. (With Red Hot Chili Peppers, except as indicated). The track takes its name from the sample of Evans singing.
Fatman Scoop (real name Isaac Freeman III) is a New York City hip hop artist and producer. Thus A Sphere in the Heart of Silence is the first official John Frusciante/Josh Klinghoffer record in history. "It Takes Scoop" (single) (2004). Notable for its interesting intersection of electronic music with rock, Klinghoffer shared equally in the production of this album. "Be Faithful" (single) (2003). The final album of 2004 was A Sphere in the Heart of Silence. Inside of Emptiness was released in late 2004, and Frusciante and Klinghoffer recorded with a "heavier," "grungier" sound than ever before.
Automatic Writing was followed by DC EP, an album just four tracks (and less than 20 minutes) long with a fresh sound. Frusciante was accompanied by Klinghoffer on drums and Joe Lally (bassist of Fugazi) on bass, and the trio recorded under the name Ataxia. Automatic Writing--a record of five long jams with hypnotic bass lines and experimental guitar parts-- came next. The following five albums of Frusciante's most fruitful musical period represent an array of rock music that often incorporates instruments, tempo changes, and electronic sounds uncommon to traditional western rock.
The Will to Death is highly regarded largely as a result of its raw yet aurally pleasant nature. In June of 2004, Frusciante released The Will To Death, an album lacking the meticulous editing and high production cost of Shadows Collide with People and very popular among diehard fans. The album featured Frusciante's close friend Josh Klinghoffer. In February 2004 John released the much anticipated Shadows Collide With People, a well collected, amazingly orchestrated amalgamation of relatively dark songs that outline Frusciante's regrets and evince the growth he experienced after his heroin addiction.
Beginning in 2004 and concluding in early 2005, Frusciante embarked on a bold sonic quest. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' secret weapon and guiding force throughout the years (and perhaps the reason for their huge success) is Frusciante, and he will always be regarded as a man wholly dedicated to music. It is their softest album to date, and the difference in sound between this album and Freaky Styley (one of the band's earlier works before John joined) is spectacular. The band recorded By the Way in 2002, and it was well-received by critics.
The tour concluded on June 10 with a short show at The Ruby in Los Angeles, and all 16 concerts featured only John on acoustic guitar. Frusciante began his To Record Only Water for Ten Days tour on January 27, 2001 with a performance at The Borderline in London. In this record, almost all the songs begin with simple beats, and it still is one of Frusciante's most stripped down, bare-bones pieces of work. This album was not nearly as stream-of-consciousness and avant-garde as his previous solo albums, but his lyrics were still very cryptic and off-the-wall.
During the Californication world tour John wrote his own songs which would be released on another solo album called To Record Only Water for Ten Days. It was, and still is, their best-selling album to date, and most of this is because of Frusciante's writing skills and his complete passion for creating music and art. The band began work on Californication soon after, and the album was released in 1999. John was clean and happy.
The tensions between Kiedis and Frusciante disappeared with time, and soon it was just like old times again. John, elated, said yes, and he still thinks of it today as one of the best decisions he made in his life. Flea wanted John back in the band, and although there was still some tension between John and Anthony, Flea asked John if he would do them the honour. In 1998, when Frusciante finally went to rehab, he was visited by Flea.
He has been known to say things that people would deem as strange, such as he believes in the notion that all music exists in the fourth dimension, and is created in the fifth. He says his music is a gift from spirits that frequently spoke to him during his absence from the Chili Peppers from 1992-1997. Regardless, it is an incredibly vivid, bizarre, jaded and beautiful glimpse into the mind of (some would call) a madman; a man who lived in an altered state of mind. Frusciante had already begun recording his first solo album before leaving the band in 1992, and the album that was released in 1994, Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt, is viewed by many as his absolute best solo album.
His solo album that was released in 1997, Smile From the Streets You Hold. To this day, the horrible scars on his arms from shooting-up remain as a painful reminder to his past. During his absence in the band, he became severely addicted to hard drugs, primarily heroin. He also was frustrated with being in the spotlight all the time; he didn't relish his celebrity status.
Two, he brought a lot of negativity to the band at that point, and he
knew it brought the other band members down. There were a couple different reasons for his departure: One, the voices in his head were getting louder, and the one
discernable thing they were saying was for him to go solo. When asked by the media what he said to the band, he replied, "Just tell them I went crazy.".
All their other albums had been recorded at EMI. This was also the first album the band recorded on their current label, Warner. Blood Sugar Sex Magik sold incredibly well, and was the band's breakthrough album, mostly due to the hits Under The Bridge and Give It Away, and also to the expert production by Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Records. Also, the song Knock Me Down (the lyrics of which were written by Kiedis about the death of Hillel) noted a significant change of chord structure that was imperative to the band's growth and evolution.
Mother's Milk did not do very well financially, but it was the band's first gold album. He has said himself that it seemed like he was doing the majority of the writing during the recording of these two albums. Frusciante is thought by many critics to contribute greatly to the creativity of the group with his unique guitar riffs and solos. Frusciante made his first two albums with the Chili Peppers: Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Needless to say, Thelonious Monster was not pleased, but the two bands remained friends anyway. (John was about to sign a contract with Thelonious Monster at the time, but Flea and swiped him under their noses. It was a unanimous descision: John was in. Flea was impressed by John's skill, and since he was looking for a new guitarist for the band after their original guitarist, Hillel Slovak, had died, he called Anthony Kiedis (vocalist for The Chili Peppers) to watch John play.
One day, Peligro invited Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers over, to jam with them. Peligro (drummer for The Dead Kennedys) around 1988, and they often jammed together. John had become good friends with D.H. They instantly became his favorite band.
John first saw the Chili Peppers in concert in 1985. The music he listened to, and eventually his style of playing, were directly influenced by those radio hits he heard as a young boy. He progressed instantly, and from the ages of 9-12 he remembers trying to duplicate the punk rock riffs he heard on the radio. Frusciante started guitar at the age of seven.
Gail even lent her voice to the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Under The Bridge. His father, John Sr., and his mother, Gail Frusciante, were both musical themselves. John Frusciante (born March 5, 1970 in Queens, New York) is a guitarist performing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Appears on Frances the Mute (2005) by The Mars Volta.
(Solo) Curtains (2005). (Solo) Inside of Emptiness (2004). (Solo) A Sphere In The Heart Of Silence(2004). Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny" Soundtrack (2004).
(Solo) DC EP (2004). Automatic Writing (With Ataxia, his collaboration with Josh Klinghoffer of The Bicycle Thief and Joe Lally of Fugazi). (Solo) The Will to Death (2004). (Solo) Shadows Collide With People (2004).
Appears on De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) by The Mars Volta. By The Way (2002). (Solo) To Record Only Water for Ten Days (2001). (Solo) From The Sounds Inside (2000/2001).
Californication (1999). (Solo) Smile From the Streets You Hold (1997). (Solo album) Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt (1994). Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991).
Mother's Milk (1989).