19 Rappers Rapping Before The Fame
YouTube is perhaps most useful as a historical archive. When it comes to hip hop, the site is a veritable treasure trove of videos of rappers as they were before the fame, back when their music video budgets hovered in the single digits. These clips are not pretty, but grainier is almost better -- intense pixellation gives these videos the character of artifacts rather than modern footage, even if they are only a few years old.
Johnny Depp Reportedly Set To Star In Upcoming Tupac & Biggie Film "Labyrinth"
It looks like Johnny Depp will be taking his talents to the big screen to star in a new feature movie from Good Films titled "Labyrinth". The Golden-Globe winner will play the late LA detective Russell Poole, who investigated the unsolved murders of rap legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls back in the late 90's.
Top 10 Narrative-Driven Rap Albums
About a week and a half ago, Tory Lanez put out I Told You, an album more devoted to an autobiographical through-narrative than any other we've heard this year.
Lil Yachty Responds To Anderson .Paak's Subliminal Shots
Yesterday, Anderson .Paak sent out a tweet that some felt was directed at Lil Yachty. "Don't be cocky in the fact that you don't know anything about hip hop history," wrote the Malibu singer and producer. "Real artists are students of the game first." The tweet arrives shortly after Yachty made headlines by admitting in an interview that he couldn't name five songs by either The Notorious B.I.G. or Tupac Shakur.
Lil Yachty Can't Name 5 Songs By Biggie Or Tupac
Lil Yachty, who's just 19 years old, has emerged as a lamentable presence in hip-hop for those who prefer their rappers to be classically trained lyricists. He's had a few squabbles with Ebro, and he even dedicated a song to the HOT 97 host on his latest mixtape, Summer Songs 2, in order to prove that he has more bars than the elder statesmen is willing to admit.
Author Claims Biggie Asked Tupac To Manage Him
New insights into the relationship between Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. continue to emerge two decades after the deaths of both hip-hop greats. In a new book entitled "Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap," author Ben Westhoff alleges that Tupac, who was already a big name when Biggie started out, mentored the Brooklyn rapper during the beginning stages of his career. According to Westhoff, Big even asked Pac to be his manager at one point.
Lil' Kim Weighs In On Rich Homie Quan's Biggie Lyric Flub
People are still talking about Rich Homie Quan's botched performance of the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Get Money" verse at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors last week. The Atlanta rapper has since released a sincere apology to New York, his fans, and the late Biggie himself, but when Lil' Kim, who performed the tribute with Quan, appeared on Sway In The Morning, there were still more questions to be asked.
Rich Homie Quan Explains He Was Done In By Teleprompter Malfunction
Rich Homie Quan is catching a fair amount of flak after he flubbed the Biggie verse in "Get Money" during a performance at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors. He already apologized profusely for his error:
Questlove On Rich Homie Quan's Lyrical Blunder: "We Are To Blame"
Rich Homie Quan has been getting dragged across the internet since he forgot the lyrics to the Notorious B.I.G. song he was performing at Monday's VH1 Hip Hop honors. Questlove took to Instagram on Tuesday to share his perspective on the situation. He aimed to lessen the barrage tomatoes being flung at Quan, imprisoned in digital stocks, and encouraged followers to turn the lens upon themselves.
Bad Boy To Release 5-Disc 20th Anniversary Box Set
Bad Boy is experiencing a minor renaissance in 2016.
Rich Homie Quan Forgets Lyrics To Biggie’s Verse During VH1 Hip-Hop Honors
During Monday night’s VH1 Hip-Hop Honors concert, honoree Lil Kim took the stage to perform the classic Junior M.A.F.I.A. anthem "Get Money,” and for Biggie’s verse she decided to bring out ATL rapper Rich Homie Quan to help assist her. However, assisting Lil Kim is something Quan didn’t come close to doing, but rather instead he straight up forgot the lyrics to one of Biggie’s most famous verses.
Classic Rotation: Jay Z's "Reasonable Doubt"
Take a blind swing at any of the coke rap icons from the mid-2000s and you're bound to hit something Jay Z related. Pusha T's "I ain't spent one rap dollar in three years, holla" line from Clipse's iconic collection of stovetop sermons, Hell Hath No Fury, directly echoes a Jay lyric from a decade prior: "Without rap, I was crazy straight/Partner, I'm still spending money from '88." The plush, high thread count sound Rick Ross made a career off of before he heard his first Lex Luger beat?
The Game: Tupac Biopic "Makes That Biggie Movie Look Like A Cartoon"
The Game was recently invited to attend a private screening of the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic "All Eyez on Me" along with the film's director Bennie Boom and star Demetrius Shipp. While hanging out in the lobby after the film had ended, he channeled his inner Roger Ebert and shared an impromptu review. “Tupac movie is the real deal," he said. "Shit make that Biggie movie look like a cartoon.”
Lil Kim Lists Her Top 5 Biggie Songs
The all-star late '90s Bad Boy lineup, sans Biggie of course, has recently been thrust back into the spotlight with the Diddy-organized reunion tour, which kicked off in Brooklyn earlier this month. While on the road getting adjusted to tour life, Lil Kim called into DJ Whoo Kid's "Whoolywood Shuffle" show on Shade 45 to discuss the reunion experience and how its success speaks on the lasting legacy of Biggie Smalls, with whom she had a serious and well-documented love affair. Listen to the 15-minute interview below.
Biggie's Birthday Declared "Notorious B.I.G. Day" In Brooklyn
Today would have been Notorious B.I.G.'s 44th birthday. Hip hop has been honoring his birthday every year since he was gunned down -- this year in particular, with Puff Daddy's Bad Boy Family Reunion concert. But now it's official. His birthday is a holiday.
The 5 Best Storytelling Rap Songs From The '90s
Storytelling is the second oldest profession, after prostitution. As the oral tradition evolved, it reached new heights in '90s hip hop, an era that place an emphasis on lyricism -- ideally #bars not for the sake of #bars, but #bars for the sake of humor, drama, or social critique. Obviously, tough decisions were made as we whittled this list down to five. Do you agree with our choices? Check out our honorable mentions below and click through the gallery for the top five storytelling rap songs of the '90s.
A Notorious B.I.G. Hologram Is Officially On Its Way
We've been hearing rumors for a while now, but today, it's been confirmed that the Notorious B.I.G. will be performing in hologram form sometime in the near future.
Puff Daddy Announces Second Bad Boy Reunion Show In Brooklyn
At the end of last month, Diddy announced that he will be honoring the legacy of Biggie Smalls with a Bad Boy reunion concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on May 20. Tickets went on sale a few days later and reportedly sold out in seven minutes.
Notorious B.I.G.'s Daughter Calls Out Diddy For Tribute Show Ticket Snub
The Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Show, scheduled for May 20 at the Barclays' Center, sold out seven minutes after tickets went on sale. But one member of Notorious B.I.G.'s inner circle did not receive a ticket: Biggie's daughter, T'yanna Wallace. "This Bad Boy concert is for my dad's bday but I got NOT ONE TICKET," Wallace wrote on Twitter. "just wanna point that out."
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.