Baby Makes Bold Claim: Says Lil Wayne’s Accomplishments Have Surpassed B.I.G. & Pac




via Vibe

When rumors first surfaced back in January about Lil Wayne’s plan to release a rock album called Rebirth (Cash Money/Universal), a collective wave of WTF? quickly spread over the Internet. After all, Wayne’s sixth solo album Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal, 2008) was last year’s highest-selling rap album and easily one of the year’s high points for most rap fans. But, fear not: According to Bryan “Baby” Williams, Wayne’s mentor and father figure, as well as Cash Money Records co-CEO, the new album is less about Wayne going rock and more about him experimenting and growing as an artist.

“It’s not a rock record,” Baby told VIBE recently during an exclusive interview. “That’s what I think people are getting misunderstood. When you speaking about a rock record, you think he’s got a guitar and everything, but it’s not that. It’s going to be some of those types of beats, but it’s just great music. I don’t think no artist can do what he about to get done. My son is a rock star.”

Wayne’s first foray into the world of rock certainly sounds like he’s trying to switch up his sound. In January, he released Rebirth’s first official single, “Prom Queen,” which peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two weeks ago, he unleashed “Hot Revolver,” the album’s second single, which has climbed as high as #33 on the Hot 100. And just last week, a video emerged of Wayne, who has been attempting to learn to play the guitar for several years now, strumming along to a recording of “Prom Queen.” (Watch below) Still, Baby insists, he hasn’t lost his love for rap music. Continue reading

[video] B.I.G.’s FINAL PARTY

Somebody opened the B.I.G. floodgates this year. Must be Freedom of Information Act

From all firsthand accounts, the 1997 party was legendary. Everyone danced the night away and popped bottles. Big’s “Hypnotize” spun incessantly. No one had any idea that tragedy awaited them. Footage of the party has recently surfaced on the Net, and true to the stories from 12 years ago, heavy revelry abounds.

More than seven minutes from an amateur recording of the party show highlights such as Puff Daddy dancing to “All About the Benjamins” surrounded by a circle of women, along with various crowd shots of stars such as Missy Elliott, Irv Gotti, DJ Klark Kent, DJ Clue, Chris Tucker and Ginuwine. The party spinner, identified as DJ Ace, shouts out people such as Da Brat, Aaliyah and Jermaine Dupri. A note at the bottom of the screen said Biggie himself refused to be videotaped.

While the party was in L.A., the time on the tape seems to be in Eastern Time. Big left the party at 12:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m., but the video has everyone partying at 1:30 a.m. The party was actually shut down before that because it was too crowded.

“Rest In Peace to Tupac” – Ed Lover @ 5:58min

Whoever put this together analyzed the tape like he was the FBI, even caught a glimpse of Chris Tucker walking around.

Spotted @ RR via MTV via Nahright

[video] AROUND THE WORLD- Puff & Mase [ThrowBack]

I stumbled on this and was reminded of what made Puff great when he was at the top of his game.  And that was the ability to capture life at its most festive moments and then create a genre of video making that was similar to cinema to project it. He had the honor of initially setting off these CINEMATIC big budget videos by launching the career of B.I.G. with both “JUICY” and “WARNING” videos, his very first, culminating with “HYPNOTISE”  his very last. The latter being the pinaccle of BIG BUDGET productions, but definitely worthy of every penny.  They are both CERTIFIED classics. 

He was working with a winning formula when he had Ma$e playing the ROBIN to Puffy’s DARK KNIGHT.  He has never had chemistry with another rapper of this caliber since Frank White himself.  So shout out to Puff for really having the vision to THINK BIG and for that foresight he can always say I AM KING.

Notorious Soundtrack Makes BIG Debut on Charts

via Allhiphop

Matching the success of the film from which it spawned, Notorious: Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture has landed atop several Billboard charts, scoring the week’s biggest debut at #4 on the Billboard 200.

The Bad Boy Records release, which was in stores three days before Notorious hit theaters, sold 43,000 copies in it’s first week of release.notorious_soundtrack

The album also made it to No. 1 on the “Top Rap Albums” chart, and No. 2 on both the “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Top Digital Albums” list as well.

A musical companion to the film capturing the rise of Brooklyn’s favorite son, the album combines Notorious B.I.G. chart toppers like “Juicy” with new music by Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Faith Evans, and even Biggie’s son CJ Wallace.

A two-disc special edition is currently on sale at Target stores nationwide, pairing the CD with a new documentary, Remembering Christopher Wallace.

The DVD features exclusive interviews with slain rap great’s family including Mrs. Voletta Wallace and the two children he left behind.

Will NOTORIOUS Do B.I.G. Numbers?


via BoxOfficeMojo

After seeing a video post of Jamal Woolard (Gravy) and Lil Cease claiming that they predict the motion picture release of Notorious to do $50 million at the box office, I got into a heated debate with Majesty over what exactly was a reasonable prediction. I’ve been brainwashed into believing that Notorious is one of the biggest releases in Hollywood history, based on the rampant advertisement. The point that he made was that it would atleast need to be on 3,000 screens to do phenomenal numbers. His prediction was that Mall Cop would beat Biggie at the movies, and at the time it sounded absurb to me.  Upon further review though, it has been brought to my attention that Notorious has gotten shortchanged on the amount of theaters it will be released to. Contrary to popular belief the “hoods” of America don’t make up the majority of the land mass. Middle America, and Red States (sorry Obama) make up the mass of the continental United States and they ain’t braving sub zero weather this weekend to go see the Biggie biopic, plus its just simply not in theaters where they’re at. This is the breakdown on what Notorious is on pace to do, based on its first day numbers.  (If you’re not Will Smith, you will not make it to those theaters in Smallsville and Pleasantville, USA).

[video] Notorious Cast @ Giant Mag Photo Shoot

OK, if this is any indication of where they’re going with this flick then I am behind this movement 100%. Very rarely do you hear anyone speak of the cultural ramifications that B.I.G. had not only on New York but Hip Hop as a whole, which ultimately makes him the framer and the forebearer of a generation. Remember we are living in Christopher Wallace’s dream, not vice versa.

What him and Puff pulled off can only be described as sheer magic. Trust me, if you was “there” then you know what I mean. “The 90’s was our 60’s”…I couldn’t have said it better. We will be bringing you an exlcusive interview with some cast members of this motion picture epic in the very, very near future. Stay tuned!

[audio] Jay-Z feat MC Lyte-BK ANTHEM



OK, this is more like it, whereas the last single with Santogold was like the anthem for the new BK (read Williamsburg, Greenspoint) this track with Lyte is moreso capturing the essence of a Brooklyn long gone.  Nonetheless Jay is back on key with this one, just a lil’ more tweaking and his pass just might get mailed back to him before the movie comes out.

Source: Nahright

[audio] Jay-Z feat Santogold- WE GO HARD



I never thought I’d live to see the day that Hov was performing under Blueprint 2.1 levels, but low and behold those times are amongst us. Someone needs to tie this negro up and dump him in a Marcy dumpster to refamiliarize him with HOOD aroma. He is in desperate need of a GUTTER infusion (consisting of elevator piss and tap water) if he is gonna parade around like he’s the GOD MC, King of these New York streets. I AM NOT IMPRESSED…and to top things off this single suppose to be on the B.I.G. soundtrack? Don’t disrespect the homie like that.

[audio] Rick Ross feat Pharrell- “Get Down”


Source: Nahright

According to Nahright, this is off of Ross’ next album. Pharrell got a sixteen on it and the BOSS does what he does best. Listening to homie I can’t help but think that he would of been a phenomenal choice to play B.I.G. (no disrespect to Gravy). Not only has he captured to plus-size swagger that B.I.G. exemplified but his vocal cadence is the most similar to Biggie’s than any other crop of MC’s out there, yeah southern drawl and all, HE got it!


[Fashion] “There Can Only Be One” exclusive tee From Undrcrwn

There Can Only Be One tee

via Wooohah

Undrcrwn has just sent over this image of their new “There Can Only Be One” exclusive tee featuring B.I.G. and Tupac. The name and split face are of course in direct reference to the NBA’s current “There Can Only Be One” play offs campaign shown here. No word yet on when this will be available but I’m assuming it’s pretty soon…hopefully before the Lakers win the Championships this year.

Editor’s Note: OK, this “There Can Only Be One” theme is clearly gonna be a cultural phenomena. Here is the latest mix up featuring B.I.G. & Pac

Judge Rules In Favor of B.I.G.’s Family

B.I.G. Baby, Baby!!

Source: The Boombox

A Los Angeles Judge has reinstated a wrongful-death suit brought by the family of the late Notorious B.I.G. Judge Florence-Marie Cooper dismissed the lawsuit on March 21 after determining the family failed to make a deadline for bringing a claim against the city of Los Angeles and former police officers Rafael Perez and Nino Durden.

B.I.G.’s estate has been given 20 days to file a new lawsuit. The family of slain rapper B.I.G. — real name Christopher Wallace — claims police officers conspired to kill the rising rap star. The family also contends that the LAPD attempted to cover up their involvement.

Diddy Gets His Star On Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame (Update)

Diddy insists on launching campaigns for everything he does and his crowning on Hollywood Boulevard wouldn’t be any different. This is a video montage of All Things Diddy leading up to him getting his star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. This sits a lil’ sour with me being that BIG died not too far from here and his murder remains unsolved and for Diddy to be executive producing his film and at the same time being patronized by the City of Los Angeles as BIG’s family scrambles to wrestle the truth out of the corrupt LAPD(in light of the murder of Sean Bell) I just find it all awkward, especially since we never saw Puff get political when it came to the Big Homie, who quite honestly is at least 25% responsible for that shiny star. Nonetheless for what its worth here goes the photos of Diddy and family getting their shine on.