For the rap history books, in 1988, J-vibe wrote a rap called "Norman Bass." The initial idea was
suggested by a sales rep named Eddie Fonseca at JDC records to Sammy Hernandez. Samples from the
movie Psyco were used and it was rapped by J-vibe. The recording sat on the shelf for a year.
In late 1989, it was taken to the plant and test pressings were created. The plans were to
release the vinyl on Base 12 Records. Unfortunately, the majority of the feedback from many
potential sellers was "the rapper doesn't sound black." Back in 1989/1990 there were few Latino
rappers on vinyl and the market was barely starting to welcome it. J-vibe tried hard convincing
people that it would work and it should be released. At the time, the distributor and the people
that controlled the financing rejected the release and that was the end of Los I.R.A.M. (the name of
the group is Marisol spelled backward). Marisol Juarez was a singer that was working with J-vibe
at the time.
Looking back, that decision was a major mistake and "Normas Bass" should have gone beyond the
test pressing stage. For those DJs which did have the test pressings, they played it at the clubs and had great