Saturday, May 26, 2018

How It All Started: Pusha T vs. Lil' Wayne?


Back in 2006, Lil Wayne appeared on the front cover of Vibe magazine rocking apparel from A Bathing Ape, as well as wearing BAPE clothes in his “Hustler Musik” music video. The Clipse, a hip-hop group formed by two brothers Pusha T and No Malice, were some of the first people to ever wear BAPE clothing along with Pharrell, so after they saw Weezy rocking it, they released a song called “Mr. Me Too” were they sent a shot at him:
Niggas bite the style from the shoes to the watches
In an interview with Complex in the same year, Wayne responded to The Clipse after he got asked if he wore A Bathing Ape clothing once he saw they had started the trend:

“I ain’t gotta talk about no coke nor no fucking BAPEs. I got my own shoe out nigga, that OG collection Reebok nigga. I got my own jeans out nigga, W. Two Us, I’ve got my name—the W is gonna be on your bitch ass. Aight?”
“I don’t see niggas like that. You talking to the best. Talk to me like you’re talking to the best. I don’t see no fuckin’ Clipse. Come on man. Weezy, man. They had to do a song with us to get hot, B. “What Happened To That Boy?” C’mon B. Don’t do that, dog. This is a fucking legend you’re talking to right here. 14 years, B. How many years them niggas been around?”
“Who the fuck is Pharrell? Do you really respect him? That nigga wore BAPEs and y’all thought he was weird. I wore it and y’all thought it was hot. C’mon man. C’mon now. The nigga walked around with niggas that looked like you, y’all thought he was crazy. If I did it, y’all gonna think these niggas are killers.”


 The Clipse did not like Tunechi‘s response one little bit! Check out what Pusha T said to Virginia’s WWHV Hot 102.1 FM radio show after he heard what Wayne said about himself and his brother:

“Wayne, you sort of copying The Clipse right now. I think he made a bad judgment call, maybe hes got an album coming out. This is a small thing to a giant, he’s just acting out.”
“If anything, I am upset about him using the F word before my name, being as though he likes to sit around and kiss men. If you gonna kiss men, you can’t even use them words in conjunction with The Clipse, Pharrell, or any of the family. He’s definitely acting out right now. Jay-Z? Do what you gotta do. But involve The Clipse? You don’t want to do that. I already don’t look at him like a G. He ain’t nothing like me.”



Sunday, May 13, 2018

André 3000 Celebrated Mother’s Day by Releasing Two New Songs?


"André Benjamin, aka André 3000 of Outkast, celebrated Mother’s Day in the traditional fashion this year: signing up for Instagram and releasing two new solo tracks. You’d expect the new music to be bigger news than the Instagram account.."


Thursday, May 10, 2018

'Young, Rich & Dangerous,' the Best Kris Kross Album That No One Ever Heard

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By mid-decade 1990s, breakout hip-hop youth duo Kris Kross were already discounted as novelty in the minds of most music fans. Bursting onto the scene in 1992 with their infectious No. 1 hit, "Jump," Atlanta teen rappers Chris Kelly ("Mac Daddy") and Chris Smith ("Daddy Mac"), guided by then-unknown writer and producer Jermaine Dupri, created an ephemeral pop culture smash that moved over 2 million units. It also branded them a one-hit wonder, ex-post-facto, a juvenile gimmick.
Twelve and 13 years old when they recorded "Jump," its parent album and Kris Kross' debut LP, Totally Krossed Out, sold 4 million copies on the strength of that single and succeeding jams like "Warm It Up," "I Missed the Bus" and "It's a Shame." 1993's follow-up album, Da Bomb, sadly embodied its moniker as far as critics and mainstreamers were concerned; the green but confident display of gangsta rap fell on deaf ears, selling a quarter of the amount of its trendy predecessor.
And it truly is a shame, because their third and final album, 1996's Young, Rich & Dangerous, is possibly the Chrises' (and, perhaps, Dupri's) finest record. Coming into their own as rappers by the post-pubescent epoch of ages 16 and 17, and further coalescing with Dupri's progressive G-funk production style, Dangerous is not only the Kris Kross swan song but a practically unheard -- and now unfortunately forgotten -- Southern-aping-West-Coast, feel-good, hip-hop masterpiece.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lil' Kim Was Never On Bad Boy! Kriss Kross Was Never On So So Def!

"Puff didn’t think she was capable of selling platinum records
For that matter, he really didn't think any female rapper was capable of going platinum and wouldn't sign Kim onto "Bad Boy." Lil Kim proved him wrong because her album, Hard Core sold over 1 million records - 1.4 million records to be exact. Not only that but The Notorious Kim sold 1.41 million just in the United States alone and 3.23 million in the whole world. Also, La Bella Mafia sold 1.1 million records. Wow, she really did prove P. Diddy wrong! Not only did she prove to him she could sell platinum records but she proved she could sell multi-platinum records."
Kim has been signed to & released albums on 'Undeas', 'Big Beat' & 'Atlantic Records'
Kris Kross was never even part of the label (So So Def), as it was their success with Ruffhouse/Columbia that launched Dupri's career as a producer and gave him the clout to start So So Def in the first place. They were signed to & released albums on Ruffhouse/Columbia.
Kriss Kross was basically just extended family/affiliates of So So Def.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

"It’s OK if Cardi B and Nicki Minaj don’t like each other"


By: Claire Lobenfeld

Less than a week after Cardi B released her deft debut Invasion of Privacy, Nicki Minaj stoked the rumors of beef between the two rappers by releasing two new tracks that could conceivable be aimed at Cardi. After Nicki’s tense, and seemingly confessional, interview on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, Claire Lobenfeld trims the fat off this possible beef and examines what both artists bring to the table at this moment.
When Cardi B released Invasion of Privacy last week, there was a lot of chatter on Twitter, at least in my own timeline, about whether or not both Cardi and Nicki Minaj can shine without stealing each other’s light. I saw haughty tweets condemning the idea of competition between them and hopeful tweets nearing on fanfic about how powerful they could be together. And they are strong together: just listen to ‘MotorSport’, a 2017 Migos single that both Nicki and Cardi are featured on. Without
them, it’s a slog. But since that track didn’t result in the two of them in an affectionate alliance, it felt fairly clear to me that they’re probably just not each other’s cup of tea.
And that’s OK! It’s not anti-feminist to not want to be friends with or be a fan of another woman. (In fact, it’s actually more belittling to women to expect that they like each other simply because they share a gender.) Plus, this is hip-hop! It’s about competition! We would have just let LL Cool J keep “G.O.A.T.” as a goofy album title instead of adopting it as an esteemed measurement if striving to be the best wasn’t part of the game.
The Thursday after Cardi released her impressive debut album Invasion of Privacy, Apple Music declared it #NickiDay. Minaj debuted two singles on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show and hinted at a brand new album coming later this year, and told a story about how she had her feelings hurt by some press Cardi B did after ‘MotorSport’ was released.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

You Hate Cardi B... Why?


"But honestly though...
If you hate Cardi, you hate yourself because underneath this veil of dictated modesty and taught oppressive respectability, we are all Cardi.
If there was no system staring in our faces, constantly reiterating to us that our AAVE was “ghetto”, our long nails were inappropriate, our colorful hairstyles were a distraction and our demeanor was intimidating we would all be Cardi.
• all whilst using our vernacular and Black girl aesthetics as props but this aint about that right now •
If you weren't afraid of being rejected, if you weren't afraid of being talked about, if you weren't afraid of standing out like an orange tic-tac in a pack of white...you would be Cardi.
Cardi is you at home with your girls, locked behind closed doors being your truest self. And Cardi is a reminder that you camouflage for love. You want Cardi to sit down and be quiet because she is a harsh reminder that even with doing all that you have done to conform and follow the rules, this loud mouthed ratchet gutta ball hoodrat from the projects just made history being who she is and you cant fake it enough to get a call back.
And regardless of what you feel Cardi is or how you feel she should “identify” as, the indisputable fact is that she is a non-#6f woman who grew up along side other “underdog” low-income Black and Brown girls. In the same hoods. Running the same streets. Dealing with the same trash from a society who had already determined who she was going to be because of where she is from before she even knew who she was. Cardi was never SUPPOSE to make it. She was suppose to die where she was. She was never suppose to make it out. And not only did she make it out, she came in like a got damn wrecking ball and took the entire world by storm. Unsuspectingly...
You should be proud.
But I get it though.
You hate Cardi for doing what you don't have the courage to do.
Be authentic.
And do the work."


Monday, July 3, 2017

The Original Version: Nas & Puff Daddy "Hate Me Now" (DJ Clue Exclusive) + The Sample

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"The original, very rare version of "Hate Me Now" with the "O Fortuna" sample. The sample wasn't cleared so the studio version has the sample replaced by a synthesizer."

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Beware Of Dog: The Story (+ Songs From) Bow Wow’s Death Row Days



There was a time where Bow Wow was everywhere. A 13-year-old rapper wasn’t too common, and Jermaine Dupri made it work. He saw the vision in the young Columbus, Ohio native and turned him into a star. Bow’s debut album, Beware The Dog, is certified double platinum. It was the introduction to the world as songs like “Bounce With Me” and “Bow Wow (That’s My Name),” featuring Snoop Dogg, became hits. This was the path that Lil Bow Wow ended up on, but imagine if he took a different journey on a less of a kid friendly record label and never got introduced to Jermaine Dupri.
In 1993, Shad Moss attended a Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg concert in his hometown. The duo asked for people to come up on stage, and Shad’s mother’s boyfriend raised his hand. Shad, however, didn’t want to go up despite being a performer already and having won talent shows under the name Kid Gangsta. He would tell Vibe magazine in 2000 that he “got up there and did his thing.” A Billboard article from the same year says that Shad freestyled for the sold out crowd and impressed Snoop enough to be invited backstage after the show.
Backstage, Lil Bow Wow was born. Snoop Dogg, who gave him the name, invited him on the rest of the tour. Several reports over the years say he was signed to Death Row, but a 2002 article NY Times says no contract was ever in place. It’s also unsure whether he was five or six at the time. Surely, for Bow Wow, this was a dream he never saw coming. From not wanting to hit the stage to being around one of the most notorious hip-hop labels at such a young age. He moved out to L.A. with his mom. “When we discovered the nigga he was ready to go,” Snoop recalls in a clip on Bow Wow’s Youtube. “They [Death Row] had him on some bullshit songs, but he was going hard on the motherfuckers.”
Bow Wow was still developing, so the influence from Death Row was strong. He did the kid skits on Doggystyle. “I wanna be a motherfuckin’ hustla, ya better ask somebody,” he said on the “Classroom Intro” skit. He was cussing more than a six-year-old should ever be allowed to. There was an appearance on Arsenio Hall in 1993. While working on Murder Was The Case’s soundtrack, Bow was supposed to appear on it with “After 3,” a song featuring Kurupt (who wrote it all), Jewell and CPO Boss Hogg. The song would remain in the vault until 2012.
Lessons were learned during Bow’s days at Death Row. One studio session would teach him to have thick skin if he wanted to make it in the music industry and that practice will always help. “I was in the studio and Snoop had written something for me,” he told Billboard. “I really couldn’t get it. They were yelling at me and I didn’t like it. I wanted to quit. I went back home and studied that rap. I went back the next day and showed them I could do it.”
He’d later reflect on his time in an interview where he makes it clear that if he hasn’t left, he’d be “doing something stupid, gangbanging or whatever.” Snoop Dogg was smart enough to get him out of the situation before he was in too deep, so Bow went back to Columbus feeling defeated. His mom said he was devastated and tried hard to get back to Death Row for him. It wasn’t until 1998 when Snoop was leaving Death Row that he was able to help. He’d recommend Bow to a friend, Jermaine Dupri (although the NY Times article conflicts with this saying Snoop referred them to Epic who signed Bow and they got Jermaine through the label). “Death Row ain’t the label for this little kid,” Snoop told Jermaine. “I know you know what to do with him. Let’s put our heads together and do what we gotta do.” Even though it never escalated, Suge Knight always hated Jermaine, because he assumed he stole Bow Wow, but that idea doesn’t add up to the timeline above. He didn’t know Snoop was behind it, though.

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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