Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jadakiss Wrote Puffy's Verses On "Victory" But Did You Know...

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Release DateJanuary 1, 1998

Produced By Stevie J & Puff Daddy

– The last song Biggie recorded was Victory from Puffy’s No Way Out, which at the time was titled Hell Up In Harlem.  It was recorded on March 8th, 1997, one day before he was killed.

– Victory was a subliminal diss at Nas.

– Victory was originally titled “The Commission”

- Biggie's last verse was a [reference] track for Puffy, thus this must be imagined rapped by Puffy.. Biggie indeed wrote this verse for Puff, but he didn’t quite understand it. He said he was confused about the whole “Island Cayman” part and was asking Biggie what is that about and what does it mean. Possibly, that’s why it ended up being Biggie’s verse (and because he died and they wanted to use as much material as possible). 

The video is also a reference to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, The Running Man.
"It’s one of the most expensive music videos in history." ($2.7 million)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Jay Z vs. Ma$e (The Beef You Probably Didn't Know About)

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"Jay-Z isn't just one of rap's greatest hit-makers; he's one of hip-hop's fiercest competitors too. Jigga's verbal joust with Nas went down in the history books, but God's Son wasn't his only opponent. Many fans would be surprised to learn that back in 1998, Jay and Ma$e were engaged in a subliminal battle, where each hurled disses, even if they never said each other's name. So what started the feud?
"A girl named Arion," Ma$e said when he appeared on "RapFix Live" on Wednesday as a part of MTV's "Big and Best of 2012." "All my beefs are over either some girl that went wrong."
Diehards may remember Arion from a skit off of Ma$e's 1997 debut Harlem World, where the two-timing rapper confuses the names of his girlfriends in a dizzying phone exchange. Well it seems Arion was more than just a character on the multiplatinum rap LP. According to Ma$e, she was a member of Hov's crew whom he had a fling with. The problem was, Arion's boyfriend was also a member of the Roc-A-Fella crew at the time, so Ma$e's transgressions didn't sit well with Hov, or his then partner Dame Dash. "I guess Jay inherited it because me and him never really had a problem," Ma$e explained. "He said something, I said something back and that was about it."
Ma$e made it very clear that both he and Jay are beyond their lyrical spat, but the backstory is still intriguing to rap fans today. On 112's 1998 single "Love Me," M-A-Dollar Sign tossed subtle, but fiery shots at the Brooklyn MC. "All we hear is platinum that, platinum this/ Platinum whips, nobody got no platinum hits," Ma$e spit, referencing his superior sales numbers at the time.
The jab went over the head of most rap fans, but not Hov, who responded with "Ride or Die" from his 1998 LP Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. "You see the respect I get every time I come through/ Check ya own videos you'll always be #2," Jay shot back, making fun of Ma$e for playing second fiddle to Diddy in the "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down," video where he wore a baseball jersey with the number two on it, while Puff wore number one.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Story Time: Big Pun & Terror Squad vs. Jay Z & Roc-A-Fella

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"As the rap history books tell it, this all started during an otherwise blurry evening at New York City's late '90s hotspot Club Carbon (now Terminal 5). Reports remain fuzzy but, as the story goes, Fat Joe and Big Pun's Terror Squad clashed with Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella Records at the club. At the time, both crews reigned supreme, both in rap and the streets. As far as what led to the altercation, most of the details out there are speculation. There are reports of a bottle being thrown and striking someone from the Terror Squad camp, while others claim a gun and knife were pulled on one of the Roc-A-Fella associates.

In a 2013 interview, former Terror Squad member Cuban Link, who was one of the few present that night, confirmed the clash between the camps, but revealing that it was Memphis Bleek, not Jay Z, who was with the Roc team at the club.
Link said, "People got it twisted with that. It was two altercations with Jay Z. That one—the club—was a whole different thing. Jay Z wasn't even there ... That time it was Bleek. Bleek rocked somebody [from Terror Squad] with a bottle... Ni—as came back to the VIP bleeding and then after that, [we] got it popping. Ni—as started chasing the whole Roc-A-Fella."
After that night, several subliminal and overt diss tracks were thrown back and forth by both camps, including one in particular by Sauce Money, which appeared on a DJ Whoo Kid-hosted mixtape. In an interview conducted years later, Whoo Kid revealed that Big Pun, and a few gun-toting friends, pressed him about putting out the record: "What I've learned is Big Pun was the real gangster out of the whole Terror Squad shit." Whoo Kid added, "There's a reason why their name was Terror Squad. Pun really went out there and did the shit… After they met me, Pun ran up in Roc-A-Fella's offices and did his thing."
Years after Pun's passing, the back-and-forth ensued between Joe and Hov—on the court and on wax. In 2003, the two went head-to-head on the court at Rucker Park, one of the most legendary street basketball courts in the Big Apple, with their respective basketball teams, S. Carter vs. Terror Squad, in what would become one of the most infamous tournaments in EBC history. Joe's team claimed victory over Jay's due to a blackout that forced the game date to be pushed back.
Hov, who had players like LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, and John "Franchise" Strickland (the man responsible for the "Eat your breakfast" line from Jay's "Public Service Announcement") set to play, couldn't make it on the rescheduled date, thus leaving him to forfeit, and prompting Joe to reveal in a documentary about the said-tournament: "You know me and Jay Z, we infamous for taking shots at each other. We infamous for taking little jabs at each other."
Joe would further comment on the moment for his own song "Lean Back," closing out the last verse with: "My ni—as didn't have to play to win the championship, come on!" A year later, Jay would slyly throw a subliminal back on Kanye West's "Diamonds (Remix)," replying with, "The pressure's on, but guess who ain't gon' 'Crack'/ pardon me, I had to laugh at it."

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Remember When DMX Sounded Like LL Cool J? Listen To "Born Loser" (1992)

DMX's 1992/93 "Born Loser" single from Columbia/Ruffhouse Records

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jay-Z's Demo Tape (Pre-Reasonable Doubt) '90-'95?

1 Greatest MC (Demo) 0:00
2 What's In A Name? 4:17
3 Get Off My Dick (Feat. Sauce Money) 10:37
4 Understand Me 14:38
5 Pass The Roc 18:32
6 Broken English & Drug Sellin' (Feat. Sauce Money) 21:19
7 Rippin' It Up, Right? (Feat. Sauce Money) 24:50
8 Nothin' But Love (Feat. Sauce Money) 29:30
9 Under Pressure 31:49

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Technology Didn't Kill The Music Industry. The Fans Did..?

It is a scary proposition when paying artists for their music has become a voluntary act of kindness, rather than a consumer responsibility.  The free music fans consume like water, cost artists money to create; money they will never recover as long as the artist’s fan base consumes it for free.  Nothing is wrong with giving away an exclusive FREE track every now and again, but that should be the exception and not the rule.
As artists, we must stand our ground and set the expectation.

The ideology behind music freemium has destroyed the working class musician and independent labels.

Everyone thought that Napster was the second coming of Christ—and the beginning of the music revolution; however, in the midst of this transformation, the fans became increasingly desensitized to the fact, that the free music they were consuming was created by artists who have to make a living from their music.   The fallacy that artists/musicians are ultra rich is just that… a myth, nonetheless, perpetuated thanks to over-the-top hip hop videos and MTV Cribs, leading fans to believe that all artists are rich.

This is hardly the case when only 1% of artists are successfully making a living from their music.

Nevertheless, fans have been disillusioned to believe that their enjoyment of the free music obtained from the remaining 99% only affects the major labels, meanwhile most artists are literally starving.
The music industry is a brutal bitch, a beast that chews up artists and shits them out.
What if artists and musicians grew tired of the abuse and decided to stop making music?  What then?  Radio stations would be nothing but dead air between commercials — if all their advertisers don’t abandon them like rats on a sinking ship — and televisions stations that play music videos would be blank screens.  Imagine your favorite movie with no music to set the tone, or going to a school dance minus the dance. Like I said, a scary proposition.

When fans are left the option to pay whatever they’d like for music, they almost always choose zero.

As a content creator of music, why should I have to pass around the collection plate or hold out the tip jar and jingle it to capture your attention?  What if artists told fans that they would have to work at their jobs for free?  Do you think they would go quietly in the night to the land of acceptance?  Hell no, they would be in outrage, so why do they expect artists to just take one for the team?
Greed perhaps, ignorance maybe, but the one thing is for sure is that fans have a lopsided perspective as to what really goes on in the music business.  Artisans should be able to make a living from their work no different from a nurse or auto mechanic.

Sure, the 1% is living the lifestyle of the rich and famous; however, the 99% are one poorly-promoted show away from being homeless.  For God’s sake, something has to give.

I believe the healing will begin when the public is educated on how the music business works sans the VH1 movies and Hollywood imagery.
If fans understood what it takes to make a record — all the time, money, people, and energy — they would have more respect for the art and science of it.  If they could experience, on some part the dedication and sacrifice artists endure, their nonchalant attitudes toward paying artists what they owe would change.  Fans don’t realize that artists of today were fans of yesterday and the cycle is everlasting.
Fans and artists must come to an agreement on how music will be monetized using fair and equitable practices.  According to a recent CNN poll, the average football fan will pay $143 per game, which includes the cost of the ticket, parking, and refreshments, for a one-time event.  For music, a fans have the opportunity to play a CD as many times as they desire; yet they complain about spending $16 for the CD.   In order to set the wheels of change in motion, there must be a catalyst.

Friday, December 25, 2015

3 Ways We Ruin Relationships?

No matter who you are, what you do, who you know, we’ve all ruined relationships. But to be honest, we probably didn’t mean to. To be even more honest, we probably don’t know how we do it. Sadly, many of us continue to destroy our relationships and we can’t stop.

Let’s look at the word ruin. Webster defines it as “to deliberately destroy or damage”
Unfortunately, on top of this many of us are masters of sabotage. We ironically destroy the vital pieces of our own lives. Our careers, our friendships, our integrity, and even our trust. But if one thing is true, it’s that relationships are a critical component to our health and happiness – not just intimate relationships, but all friends, family, and co-workers.
If you struggle with relationships, you struggle with life.
Early childhood plays a heavy role here. All of us, to some degree, have experienced damage and learned behaviors that result in brokenness and mistrust for others. It’s made us skeptical, weary, critical, fearful, and worried. A re-learning of how to relate, how to connect, and how to love, is required.
Here are just 3 Ways (of many) we Ruin Relationships – and How to Stop:

Why we Should have Sex Every Day.

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Okay, we are all adults here, so let’s be honest.

Everyone loves sex. We do.
Our bodies were made with the capacity not just to reproduce, but to thoroughly enjoy a good romping as well.
But did you know that great sex can actually improve our health and give us a higher quality of life?
Here are a few reasons to go get your groove on every day!
An orgasm a day keeps the doctor away.
People who have sex at least two times a week, have more of the good stuff that fights off bad germs and viruses. Apparently, rigorous sex is best.
So, go strap on your cowboy boots, because things are about to get rowdy!
Not only will sex help you stay cold-free, regular sex has also been shown to lower prostate cancer levels in men, and improve joint function. A joint lubricating hormone is released during foreplay and orgasm, which helps keep joints flexible and healthy.
But don’t worry gals, there’s something in it for you too! Studies have shown that women who orgasm on a regular basis tend to have shorter and less painful menstrual periods—as if you needed another reason to pounce on your partner.
By releasing those feel-good chemicals in our bodies during a good love making session, we actually give ourselves a boost to stay healthy and function better. That way, we can save our sick days for playing hooky with our lover instead of nursing a bad cold.
Say Om.
Being able to harness our breath and breathe deep to relax is an important skill, but did you know that people who engage in sex in a regular basis have lower blood pressure and a dramatically decreased risk of heart attack?

Sunday, December 6, 2015

(Video) Ghostface Killah vs. Action Bronson: The Video Game

"Despite the Action Bronson and Ghostface Killah feud having gone rather quiet following its spark this summer, we are reminded of such situation’s funnier sides when the internet hits back with its ever-unique retort. Despite still only being a demo, Swamp Penguins has created a hilarious, 8-bit game where you must play as Action Bronson trying to escape Ghostface Killah’s giant, floating head. The mini-game is set in the 36 Chambers and features various motifs from the feud including Twitter symbols that need to be collected. Enjoy the demo video above and click here to play it for yourself."