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.
Faith Evans Reveals Her Notorious B.I.G. Duet Album Will Arrive This Year
It has been quite a while since we’ve heard updates Faith Evans’ planned posthumous duets album with Notorious B.I.G., but in a recent (and extensive) interview with Dame Dash on his radio show, she gives us quite a few updates about the project.
6 Artists You Forgot Were on "Life After Death"
Today marks nineteen years since The Notorious B.I.G. released his second and final album Life After Death. The album featured some of the biggest stars in rap music of the time - Jay Z, R. Kelly, The LOX, Bone Thugs, Lil Kim, etc. - on huge tracks that have since become legendary.
Diddy Shares Rare Biggie Footage On 19th Anniversary Of His Death
Yesterday (Mar. 9), rap fans everywhere put their differences aside and came together to pay tribute to a undisputed legend, Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G., on the 19th anniversary of his untimely death. The game's elite paid their respects all over social media, including one of Biggie's mentors and closest collaborators, Puff Daddy, who shared some rare footage of the late Brooklyn rapper to his Instagram.
Quiz: The Notorious B.I.G.
It's been 19 years to the day since legendary Brooklyn rapper The Notorious B.I.G. was shot and killed in Los Angeles, and his influence in rap is still felt as strongly as ever. While many rap fans know Biggie's catalogue front-to-back, there are still a lot of interesting tidbits about the rapper that the average listener doesn't know.Today, we're sharing a quiz on Biggie. If you already know all the answers, you've officially proved yourself as a hardcore Biggie Smalls fam, otherwise, hopefully you learn something from it.
50 Cent Responds To Diddy's Alleged Involvement In Tupac's Murder
Meek Mill can rest easy, for now, as 50 Cent is back to toying with his favorite foe: Sean "Puffy" Combs.