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March 9th is the day when we lost the late great “Francis M.H.” 12 years ago…and lucky me, my born day follows right after on March 10th. So today is always the bitter before the sweet for me….Someone asked me recently if there was anyone out there that I wish I could interview that I never had a chance to…and there’s no question: I wish I had a chance to talk to Big again, but “inside the rapper’s studio” style…never was there a more charismatic multi-layered fellow.
Drama and Cookin’ Soul put together this new project in honor of Biggie Day featuring folks like Styles P, Jean Grae, Emilio Rojas, Nipsey Hussle and more remaking Big classics…Thank you to both Drama and CS for reaching out….
“DJ Drama and Cookin’ Soul Present The Notorious B.I.G. Tribute” Mixtape
Full tracklisting after the jump….
Salute to B.I.
I’ve been seeing some extensive marketing being done for the B.I.G. brand, that culminates with the release of the NOTORIOUS film, in theaters now!! I’ve seen video of the Bed Stuy Bad Boy this past week that I never seen before, so its been a treat. Let me share these two gems with yall, this one is a classic LIVE performance (Soul Train 97′) when he was in true Frank White mode with this on. He even had Faith on vocals and had her singing adlibs on “Get Money” which is loosely based on her. The other one is him on “Martin” and even though its not his best performance it is still classic because of the time period it represents, seems like ages ago!
source: Notes from a Different Kitchen
This is a humongous look for Hip Hop as B.I.G. gets to vicariously live through his seed, C.J. last week on Wall Street. He got to ring in the bell. The city is bending over backwards to hail the KING of New York, Christopher Wallace and his son is getting a chance to be a part of his legacy, posthumously. What a world, what a world.
ONE MORE CHANCE– Biggie Smalls feat CJ Wallace (Biggie’s son)
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This the world’s first introduction to CJ Wallace, the torch bearer of the Wallace legacy that the King of New York left behind. Spitting over his poppa’s classic, is…well classic! They form a trinity on this track with poppa, momma and son representing that ONE MORE CHANCE…Baby, Baby!
On the heels of the motion picture release of Notorious, comes an inside look at the “real” Christopher Wallace in the documentary Biggie Small: Rap Phenomenon. The uncut documentary will come straight to DVD and include home video from Biggie’s close friend D-Roc as well as unseen interviews.
Stephen Bolles, Media Director of Gold Dust Media said this documentary offers a new perspective on the late Hip Hop Icon. “There are a lot of documentaries dealing with the drama of [Biggie’s] life or his beef with the west coast, but this documentary offers an inside look at the real Biggie, on and off stage.”
The documentary features interviews with Biggie as well as appearances by D-Roc, Diddy, Lil Kim, Lil Cease, Jay-Z, L.O.X., Damon Dash, DJ Enuff and Datwon Thomas.
Mr. Bolles said the film offers a complimentary look to Biggie compared to the upcoming motion picture Notorious. “[That film] is the Hollywood take on Biggie‘s life, whereas [Biggie Small: Rap Phenomenon] is the raw footage; it’s like the two sides of a coin.”
“The DVD will also offer insight into Biggie’s dreams and aspirations as interviews delve into more personal subject matter,” Mr. Bolles said.
Biggie Small: Rap Phenomenon is produced by Biggie’s close friend Damion Butler, known to some as D-Roc and directed by April Maiya. The film hits stores January 27, 2009 on Gold Dust Media.
Yeah this story was floating around a couple of weeks ago, I guess the check got cut.
My question is why Dre did not take his supposed millions and buy back his catalog?All of those whispers of the couple who purchased the Death Row catalog, being a front for Dre and Snoop sounds bogus to the kid. That would be a straight power move for Dre who can’t seem to make hits anymore.
Could you imagine Detox with some new Pac vocals? Hip Hop lost.
NEW YORK (AP) – Death Row Records, the hip-hop label that released seminal gangster rap albums by Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, has been auctioned for $24 million.The New York-based Global Music Group Inc. said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that on June 24 it purchased Death Row, including its enviable back catalog and current artist contracts.
NYC’s own mega-mogul Diddy looking to make a splash in Hollywood, is holed up at Cannes Film festival in France on this $30 million dollar yacht. Check out the pics and article below:
Naomi Campbell has partied here. So too have Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson, Billy Zane, Nelly and fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.
In fact, anyone who’s anyone has danced on the decks of P Diddy’s lavish £33million yacht, The Maraya, which is currently moored in Cannes.
And now here I am, too. I can scarcely believe my luck!
The king of bling himself has exclusively invited the Mirror onboard for a personal guided tour of the brand new 54ft yacht he’s chartered.
These are the latest photos to emerge from the Notorious B.I.G. biopic
Biggie w/Junior M.A.F.I.A. members
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Still glowing after receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, actress Angela Bassett has snagged a role on the final season of ‘E.R’. THR.com has got the scoop:
In her first full-time series gig, Bassett will play a tough attending with a troubled past who’s coming back to Chicago after a few years in Indonesia doing tsunami relief. Her arrival in the second episode next season promises to shake County General’s ER to the core.
“Angela is a wonderfully talented actress whom I’ve long hoped to work with,” said “ER” exec producer John Wells.
In addition to Bassett, original cast member Noah Wyle will join “ER” for its 15th and final season. Wyle will guest star in at least four of the show’s planned 19 episodes.
Bassett, who starred in Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns,” recently wrapped the B.I.G. biopic “Notorious.” She is repped by CAA and Untitled.
With a bevy of unauthorized documentaries produced by people who never met the man, Biggie remains an enigma to his fans as the same handful of interviews and video clips have been recycled in the media for the past decade with almost no performance footage of the rapper documented on tape.
Now for the first time, in a celebration of his life and music, select personal video footage shot by Biggie’s own camera by his crew -uncut and uncensored will be released to the public. Take a step closer to the man, watch how he lived on-and-off the road, share his lifestyle and day-to-day antics, ride with him on his first tour, see his most intimate performances and shows, hear from his close friends and fans and discover why: Biggie Smalls is the Rap Phenomenon!
Produced by April Maiya, executive produced by Damion “D-Roc” Butler
Source: My Way News/AP via Blender
Ohh how sweet it is to find out that some of your most sanitized commercial artists are really not as squeaky clean and dumb as you would like them to be. With political season in high gear, it is only right that a R&B mega-star would add some of her most controversial theories to an image that has always been just shut up and sing.
There’s another side to Alicia Keys: conspiracy theorist. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter tells Blender magazine:
“‘Gangsta rap’ was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other. ‘Gangsta rap’ didn’t exist.”
Keys, 27, said she’s read several Black Panther autobiographies and wears a gold AK-47 pendant around her neck “to symbolize strength, power and killing ’em dead,” according to an interview in the magazine’s May issue, on newsstands Tuesday.
Another of her theories: That the bicoastal feud between slain rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. was fueled “by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing.”
Tupac& Biggie Freesyle
As excitement stews over the upcoming Notorious B.I.G. biopic the producer Wayne Barrows, who co-managed B.I.G. with Mark Pitts, has established a blog on the Fox Searchlight website. He is counting down the beginning of production, which begins in a few days and gives some insight into why Gravy was chosen to play B.I.G. For those concerned with the development of the heavily anticipated flick make sure you follow this blog and chime in.