Bassmint Productions

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Bassmint Productions was a hybrid of members of two separate hip-hop groups that existed simultaneously, each including one of two twin brothers:

  • Hype-n-Effect, fronted by producer/MC Manix (Michael Ruby) and DJ Stezo (Steve Mackiewicz),
  • New Jacks, fronted by MC Double M (Marshall Bruce Mathers lll) and DJ Butter Fingers (Mathew Ruby). *(There is a DJ Butter from Detroit, That is Barry Yett II)

Both groups only lasted from 1988 to 1989.

In late Fall 1989, both groups dissolved to form Bassmint Productions, which was dually-fronted by Double M (who became M&M and later Eminem), Chaos Kid, Manix and DJ Butter Fingers. Stezo remained a sort of auxiliary member, with the addition of another skilled emcee in his own right, Vitamin C (Jason Fields). They released a few homemade/handmade demo tapes, including Steppin' onto the Scene, and two solo EPs by Chaos Kid and M&M, respectively. Bassmint became regular favorites of Lisa Lisa's open mic night on 96.3 WHYT almost every Friday night for three years. During this time, another member was added, an emcee named Maximum (DeShaun Holton). Shortly afterward, in early Winter 1992, Soul Intent was formed.

Recording enough songs for an album between 1992 and Fall 1994, the group had to settle on only releasing two songs from those sessions because of a lack of funds and hard times for three of the members. As such, they were only able to scrape enough money together to put out a maxi-cassette, the self-titled Soul Intent, the two songs being "F#@ing Backstabber" and "Biterphobia"[1]. Chaos Kid is not on either song. He was pursuing his own solo project, though still very much an equal and integral member. The only other emcee on that single is Proof (formerly Maximum).


  • Double M/M&M/Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) - MC
  • Manix (Michael Ruby) - Emcee/Super-producer
  • DJ Butter Fingers/Butteh Fingiz (Mathew Ruby) - DJ/part-time producer
  • Dr. Deel/Chaos Kid (James Deel) - MC
  • DJ Stezo (Steve Mackiewicz) - DJ
  • Vitamin C (Jason Fields) - MC
  • Maximum/Proof (DeShaun Holton) - MC


See also[edit]

  • List of record labels

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