On March 9th, House Shoes got a lightbulb. And when House Shoes gets a lightbulb, it’s usually pretty flawless. So with a bunch of Biggie acapellas in his possession, the Detroit DJ/producer reached out to a couple of his friends (Nottz, Waajeed, 14KT, Quelle Chris, Khrysis, Nameless, etc) and had them do what they do best. Stream/download the end result after the jump.
With tomorrow being the 16th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s untimely passing, Tim Westwood unearthed some rare footage of Biggie and Diddy Puff Daddy performing at the Hammersmith Palais in London on March 19th, 1995. Check the impressive footage (the audio is better than 75% of the clips we see today, in 2013) of the two running through countless classics.
To end the year, Rolling Stone throws Eminem, Biggie, 2pac and Jay-Z on the cover to their latest issue. Asking 33 artists and experts — Rick Rubin to Pete Rock (full list can be found here) — to choose their favorite hip hop tracks, Rolling Stone crunched the numbers and came up with a 50 Greatest Hip Hop list. Check ?uestlove’s introduction here and proceed to read through to see how things stacked up.
Question is, after checking the list, what would you change? To save time, let’s keep it specifically Top 10. What songs would make y’all list?
Christopher George Latore Wallace. May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997.
Today would have been Christopher Wallace’s 40th birthday… I don’t really have anything else to say but that. I mean sure, I could write about his influence, how things may have been different if he were alive, but I feel those eight words are enough to get my point across.
Behind The Music: Notorious B.I.G. shows the Brooklyn-born MC rising from the streets to the throne of hip hop, revealing how his thriving career and larger-than-life presence was cut short when he was gunned down at 24.
Here’s a vintage clip of Jay-Z dating back to ’97 where he speaks on working with The Notorious B.I.G. and the differences between his classics Ready To Die and Life After Death. Jay-Z’s Sync Show live from SXSW in Austin, Texas presented by American Express and will stream live on Youtube. Show kicks off at 8 p.m. EST.
Just as they did with Pac a couple months back, XXL pays tribute to Biggie on the 15th Anniversary of his untimely passing.
The XXL team spoke to some of those closest to Big for an in-depth look into his life and death. From his kids T’Yanna and Christopher “CJ” Wallace and their mamas, Jan Jackson and Faith Evans, to his closest friends like members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. and others, many got their chance to share stories and more to pay homage to the beloved MC. Most even disclosed rare, never-before-published photos of Biggie from their personal collections, which are featured in this month’s issue. Since Big was one of the most swagger-jacked rappers of all time, there’s a list of the 100 best Biggie bites, a look a what The Notorious One might have looked like at 40-plus, and much more.
The Notorious B.I.G. is highlighted in this year’s Icon issue of FADER (which has featured Aaliyah, Shabba Ranks, Nina Simone and David Bryne in the past).
In our issue you’ll read accounts from the intern who witnessed Big and Tupac’s first encounter, you’ll hear what Puff thinks about when he listens to Biggie’s music today. You’ll see new photos of prominent places in Big’s life, from the tunnel he drives through backwards in the “Hypnotize” video, to the block where he performed his infamous teenage freestyle.