The other month Jon Connor hit us with his very first "Best In The World" mixtape, which served as a tribute to Kanye West as the Michigan rapper went in over strictly Ye beats. Today the series continues, this time with Notorious B.I.G. being the tributee.
Over the years many rappers have ventured into acting and usually watching them act on the big screen is excruciating or downright funny. But sometimes there are rare gems where that rapper surprises you and goes beyond expectations to show off a stellar performance.
As you may be aware, the legendary Notorious B.I.G.'s death anniversary is coming up this Sunday, on March 9th. DJ Premier has let go a new tribute he produced for the late MC, with very smooth vocals from a singer by the name of Stage Soul Music.
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
It’s hard out there for the life of a rappers wife or that ride-or-die chick. Once you beat out the competition; the gold diggers, video vixens and schemers, and officially accept the title, your public image changes, usually for the worse.
"Hop To It" is the latest offering from emerging Delaware rap trio Cypher Clique. The instrumental, produced by group member D-Major, evokes vintage New York City boom bap and comes complete with a vocal sample from Biggie's "Machine Gun Funk".
By now, the story of how Big Sean got signed to Kanye West is pretty familiar to the rap world-- Sean Don was working at a radio station in Detroit at the time, when 'Ye came through. Big Sean was encouraged by friends to spit a 16s for the rapper, and low and behold, Kanye thought it was dope.
Rick Ross is feelin' like Biggie. The MMG bawse recently held a small listening session for a couple of tracks from his upcoming LP, Mastermind, which revealed some interesting details about the project.
Clayton Armstrong Hill, a man who confessed to being an accessory after the fact to the murder of hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G. (although he was never trialed for it) has reportedly escaped from a prison camp in Atlanta, Georgia.
Biggie's upbringing in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn is well documented in his work. The late rapper lived in 26 St. James Place, apartment 3L with his mother in his childhood, working at the Met Food around the corner.