Oakland, California legend Pooh-Man recently sat down with Zoe Tha Roasta & Myisha Pooh on The Hostile Takeover Presents: Keepin’ It 100 podcast to talk about many topics including the impact of his mentor, the late Big Bruce, how he got his start in music, the beef with Too Short, Goldy, Ant Banks, and the late great Rappin’ Ron of The Dangerous Crew, how the Grammy Award-winning producer E-A-Ski was instrumental to his early success, and more.
In 1989 Pooh-Man, a.k.a. MC Pooh, released his first album, the Ant Banks-produced Life of A Criminal, which contained the underground smash “Fuckin’ Wit Dank”. With the surge in popularity, Pooh-Man’s record accounted for more than 200,000 units sold independently. Pooh-Man was soon scooped up by the legendary Too $hort to join his Dangerous Music imprint with Jive Records.
Pooh-Man’s first major-label record was on the soundtrack to the movie Juice in December of 1991 with “Sex, Money & Murder” being featured on it. The record would also be the lead single to Pooh-Man’s Dangerous Music/Jive Records 1992 release, Funky As I Wanna Be, which featured guest appearances by Too Short & Ant Banks on the controversial “Racia” and MC Breed (“Don’t Cost A Dime”). The former Too Short protégé and Dangerous Crew member also appeared in the Hughes Brothers Menace II Society as “Doc” later that year.
Check out the Pooh-Man interview on the Hostile Takeover podcast with Zoe Tha Roasta & Myisha Pooh below: