Happy Bornday to The Notorious B.I.G. who would’ve turned 41 today!
Six days before his untimely death on March 9, the legendary smooth-flowing rapper stopped by Sway and Tech’s “The Wake Up Show” where he discussed Tupac’s death, Death Row, and delivered his last freestyle reciting some chilling last words.
Watch Biggie’s freestyle below.
How sick is this?
Producers Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy joined forces to bring forth this dope, 13-track mixtape entitled Wugazi: 13 Chambers. The project combines vocal samples from various tracks by the Wu-Tang Clan with vocal and instrumental samples by ’90s post-punk band Fuguzi.
Wugazi is a labor of love. A year’s worth of cutting up every imaginable Fugazi record and trying out every Wu-Tang acapella they could get their hands on.
Stream Wugazi: 13 Chambers below.
LA-based producer Woody and North Carolina songbird Carlitta Durand collaborated on this remix of the remix to The Notorious B.I.G.’s classic “One More Chance.” (Did you follow that?)
Stream/download Woody’s remix to “One More Chance” below.
Am I the only one that didn’t know there was a video made for this song? *looks around*
Marvin Gaye‘s “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” is one of my favorite tracks from his classic 1971 LP, What’s Going On. After all these years of listening to this song, I decided to see if there were visuals that went along with the record. Lo and behold!
(Somewhere, Marvin is shaking his head at me).
The video is a black and white montage of everything inner city-related, shot in Harlem. Sadly, the record’s lyrical content still remains relevant today.
Watch Marvin Gaye’s video ”Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” below.
“I reminisce, I reminisce.” As soon as you hear those words preceding the melodic horn sample of Pete Rock & CL Smooth‘s classic joint, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),” you can’t help but rap along and bop your head. It’s been twenty years since the record’s debut and it still has a presence. Belgium based-producer Poldoore put his spin on this record by creating a jazzy production, but maintained the simplicity and energetic feel of the original track.
In case you’re not familiar with the back story of the song, the lyrics are about Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s late childhood friend, Troy. Pete told the folks at Complex about his fun side and sudden death:
“Troy was a close friend of the neighborhood that we grew up with since we were little. His older brother’s name was Gary. I wasn’t on the road when this happened, but they were on tour with Kid ‘n Play and Salt-N-Pepa. They were playing around throwing empty garbage cans at each other on stage.
Troy was a playful person like that. He was at the edge of the stage and it was twenty feet high, and he slipped off the edge and fell [and died]. I don’t know how I made that beat while being depressed for such a long period of time.”
Listen/download Poldoore’s remix to “They Reminisce Over You” below.
Back in ’95, a year after the release of their debut LP entitled Blunted On Reality, two out of three Fugees members (Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean) appeared on Yo! MTV Raps with host/hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy. The femcee freestyled to the acoustic guitar stylings of Clef, while Freddy vibed along. After their performance, they explained why freestyling is important in rap…Oh, how I miss the Fugees.
Swiss based-producer MF Kauz remixed ten classic Biggie songs, stripping the original beats but still keeping that ’90s essence, on this new mixtape entitled Let’s Do It Again. Stream the album below and head over to MF Kauz’s Bandcamp page to download the album for free.
Kaytranada has a niche for creating remixes to pop and r&b hits from the ’90s to the present, giving records like Erykah Badu’s “Love of My Life” and Beyonce’s “Party” a groovy twist. For his latest remix, the Montreal-based beatmaker takes on Janet Jackson‘s “If” from her classic 1993 LP, janet. Prepare to tap your foot and/or nod your head to the track below.