Sunday, May 2, 2021

Da Nu Flava - Heated Summer Streets / Da Ooh! - 1997


12" - 1997 - DNF Ent. 

Back to Philly with this group named Da Nu Flava consisted of Mr TiT a.k.a Titty Man, Big Bow and Da Boi Gee from West Philly... 46st Millcreek Projects. 

Photo courtesy of Omar Long

In 1997 they dropped their debut 12" on DNF Entertainment. This wax is composed of the tracks "Heated Summer Jam" and "Blow This Spot (Da Jam)" on the A-side (named the 4-Side), both tracks produced by Ruggedness for RMD Productions, and the tracks "Intro", "Da Ooh!" (clean and street versions) on the B-side (named the 6-Side), produced by DJ Miz a.k.a Mizery.

From Left To Right : Dream / Mr Tittyman / DJ Miz & Big Bow - 1993 - Recording "Da Ooh" in the Studio 51st & Walnut - Photo courtesy of Omar Long

Mr Tittyman, could you tell us how the connection happened between all the members of the group ?

Mr Tittyman : "I started out dancing for my cousin Donald “Big Bow” Anderson who was the lead emcee of a group called The Slick Boys ( who also danced for The Krown Rulers) and DJ Rick Money from Camden. We opened a show for MC Breeze on Camden Waterfront in 86 and that was the first time I spit in front of a large crowd at the  young age of 12.

From there I begin writing for a group I formed and went on to combine with my cousin to form Da Nu Flava. We later added my homie Gordon “Da Boi Gee” Frazier to add some back group singing vocals."

How did the connection happen between the group and the producers Ruggedness and Mizery ?

Mr Tittyman : "Linked with DJ Miz through a common friend and my Dj Donald “Macky Woods” Trawick. We then recorded at Byrd’s Nest in SW Philly and then recorded our first released single “Da Ooh!” at Third Story studio in West.

We hooked up with Ruggedness through my homie Tuda who was affiliated with Major Figures, who we ultimately won a contest against at The Felton to perform at the Wachovia Center to open up for LL, Missy Elliot, Timbaland and Magoo, Red and Meth, Ram Squad, Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz . That was when 103.9 FM was a hip hop and RnB station in 1998."

Who did manage DNF Entertainment ?

Mr Tittyman : "In 95 we went to ATL to sign management deal with ATAC Management who at the time managed Dru Hill. They took off, went platinum and I believe ATAC became overwhelmed with such rapid success that it pushed all its other groups to the rear instead of them using Dru Hill as leverage to let companies know they recognize and have a roster full of talent, like Puff did with Bad Boy."

Big Bow & Titty Man - Photo courtesy of Omar Long 

If you don't have it in your record collection, the wax is sometimes for sale online but it still remains rare... For the CD Headz, you need to know that Da Nu Flava dropped a 9-track CD entitled "Radio Flava" in 1998 (8 tracks produced by Ruggedness and 1 track produced by DJ Miz), but this one is not listed on Discogs... and I've never seen one for sale online. 

Mad Props to Omar "Mr TittyMan" Long, thanks for your time.

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