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Random Hip Hop Facts Part 47

470. The art on Chance the Rapper‘s Coloring Book is a photo of him looking down at his daughter.  He wanted the cover to depict “the future being bigger than himself.” (via)

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469. Growing up, Anderson Paak used to recite Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg lyrics for show & tell & would often get in trouble for beatboxing in class. (via)

468. R.Kelly planned to collaborate with Tupac on an album before doing Best of Both Worlds  with Jay Z(via)

467. J. Cole snuck into LA Reid‘s son’s My Super Sweet Sixteen party hoping to get exposure as an artist & made an appearance in the episode. (via)

466. Pusha T held the the first-ever live music event at Calipatria State Prison. (via)

465. YG didn’t rap on “Thank God” due to being arrested on the prior song “1 AM.”  The 1st verse by Big TC (Ty Dolla $ign’s brother) was recorded in actual prison. (via)

464. Pharrell‘s “Can I Have It Like That” was originally for Puff Daddy & “there was a couple of guys kinda fightin’ over it,” according to P. (via)

463. Rick Rubin has known Dr. Dre since he met N.W.A. while they were recording Straight Outta Compton, and Eminem‘s “Rap God” marked the first time they worked together.  (via)

462.  While she was in prison, Oprah sent Lil’ Kim three of her  favorite books “for inspiration and motivation.” (via)

461. Some of Frank Ocean‘s favorite movies include A Clockwork Orange, Taxi DriverDjango, Alien, Spartacus, Psycho, ATL & Eraser Head(via)

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 46

460. Lil’ Wayne once arrived to a party late and got scolded by Stevie Wonder for talking during his piano performance. (2:33 mark)

459. 50 Cent moved from the bedroom in his grandmother’s house directly into Mike Tyson’s old mansion after the success of Get Rich or Die Tryin‘.1 

458. The Gucci pair of flip flops Future raps about on “Thought It Was a Drought” were borrowed by his grandmother and were never returned.2 

457. Aaliyah was supposed to be in the The Matrix Reloaded.3

456. Growing up, Method Man played 4 years of lacrosse and 5 years of football.4

455. Wu-Tang was slang for Olde English in RZA‘s Stapleton neighborhood & he used it as inspiration for the Clan’s name.5

454. NasStillmatic was recorded in LA, the Bahamas, Atlanta and was finished in NY. (4:18 mark)

453. The Neptunes recorded Jay Z‘s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” and “Southern Hospitality” the same night.6

452. Travis $cott‘s “Maria I’m Drunk” came about after Justin Bieber Facetimed him from Hawaii hoping to work together.7

451. Nate Dogg stated he never walked into Death Row studio without a gun and saw someone get their ass beat at least once a week. (29:45 mark and 29:51 mark)


1. [http://www.gq.com/story/50-cent?currentPage=1]
2. [http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2015/09/future-xxl-cover-story-fall-2015/]
3. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1453366/aaliyahs-matrix-role-to-be-given-to-nona-gaye/]
4. [http://www.brobible.com/entertainment/music/article/method-man-wu-tang-lacrosse/]
5. [http://hiphopwired.com/2012/10/17/rza-explains-the-origins-of-wu-tang-clan-to-funkmaster-flex-video/]
6. [http://read.tidal.com/article/23-things-you-might-not-know-about-jay-zs-the-dynasty-roc-la-familia]
7. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6693044/travis-scott-justin-bieber-maria-im-drunk-collaboration]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 45

450. Though Kanye West used auto-tune all over 808s and Heartbreak, producer Yung Guru revealed it was Yeezy who gave Jay Z the “Death of Auto-Tune” concept. 1

449. Kendrick Lamar’s first car was his dad’s old ’92 Cadillac Seville with Lamborghini doors.

448. After J. Cole graduated from St. John’s in 2007, he finally received his degree in 2015.  He stated that the reason he had never obtained it was because he still owed money to the school for an overdue library book. 2

447. The scene of police asking skaters to move in Lupe Fiasco‘s “Kick Push” video was not staged. 3

446. Missy Elliott used to play with sharp objects as a teen.  “In high school, I used to play with knives and razors and carry around a rusty ass machete. But I couldn’t come in this industry that way.  So I had to act like I had some sense.  Be humble and respect everyone,” she told Vibe magazine. 4

445. Eazy-E used to keep rolls of bills in his sock and licorice-Rizla-papered joints on the inside of his baseball cap. 5

444. Freddie Gibbs‘ name was inspired by character Tommy Gibbs in Blaxploitation film Black Ceasar.  (6:55 mark)

443. DJ Premier used to play guitar in church and alto sax in school.6

442. The original Higher Learning cast was supposed to include Tupac, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Juliette Lewis.7

441. RZA stated that he did not allow women into Wu-Tang‘s recording studios until 1997 because they were considered  a distraction.8

References:

1. [http://www.complex.com/music/2012/03/interview-young-guru-talks-about-working-with-jay-z/12]
2. [http://allhiphop.com/2015/04/10/j-cole-finally-gets-his-college-degree/]
3. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/12/lupe-fiasco-twitter-life-lessons/on-kick-push]
4. [http://www.vibe.com/2014/07/what-millennials-should-know-about-missy-elliott-supa-dupa-fly/]
5. [https://escobar300.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/the-last-days-of-eazy-erare-swindle-article/]
6. [https://books.google.com/books?id=9U1ABAAAQBAJ&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=e-40+marching+band&source=bl&ots=ZlZJSfx-yG&sig=ty8F9GgAVCegfCe3MapmSTw1WNE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDQQ6AEwA2oVChMI84mvxfS4xwIVhk6SCh3bJQal#v=onepage&q=e-40%20marching%20band&f=false]
7. [http://www.vibe.com/2011/11/oral-history-tupacs-acting-career-told-through-his-co-stars-and-producers-pt-2/]
8. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2010/08/raekwon-the-making-of-only-built-for-cuban-linx/6/]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 44

440. NasI Am... was supposed to be a double album.1

439. While working on A.L.L.A., A$AP Rocky stated that he stopped smoking weed and having sex so that he could fully focus on the task at hand and give fans the best possible music.2

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438. Raekwon wrote his “C.R.E.A.M.” verse around 2:30 in the morning on a stove, as he started to reflect on his struggle. 3

437. Mac Miller‘s Blue Slide Park was the first independently-distributed debut album by anyone to hit No. 1 since 1995’s Dogg Pound4

436. While recording The Chronic, Dr. Dre‘s house burned down, and he was shot in his legs forcing him to be on crutches.5

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435. Jay Z‘s Vol 2…Hard Knock Life, Outkast‘s Aquemini, A Tribe Called Quest‘s Love Movement and Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star all dropped on Sept 29, 1998.6

434. DJ Quik was a ghost producer on Eminem‘s Encore. 7 

433. Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) got their name from a line in an LL Cool J song called “Cheesy Rat Blues.” 8

432. Ice Cube was 16 years old when he wrote “Boyz N The Hood.” 9

431. Rakim had his own hot dog stand in the 10th grade. (3:43 mark)

 References:

1. [http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/nas-my-life-in-20-songs-20140415/nastradamus-0901716]
2. [http://www.complex.com/music/2015/03/asap-rocky-new-verse-alla-album]
3. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/03/10-rappers-difficult-verses-ever-interview/]
4. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/465212/mac-miller-on-way-to-indie-history-at-no-1-on-billboard-200-chart]
5. [http://wdmv362radio.com/Blogs/dr-dre-talks-snoop-dogg-eminem-50-cent-kendrick-lamar-more#2R6G6FFiabygw36p.99]
6. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1712939/vma-2013-black-star-talib-kweli-mos-def-brooklyn-hip-hop/]
7. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.1691/title.dj-quik-against-all-odds]
8. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.24486/title.killer-mike-el-p-credit-run-the-jewels-name-to-ll-cool-j-line]
9. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/05/ice-cube-25-years-amerikkkas-most-wanted/]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 43

430. Kid Cudi‘s “Maniac” and “Marijuana” videos were directed by Shia Labeouf. 1

429.  Before he was president, Vic Mensa ran through Obama‘s backyard trying to escape the cops due to writing graffiti.2

428.  Big Sean started writing “Win Some or Lose Some” in 2012. (3:50 mark) 

427. Chance The Rapper got his Madonna collaboration after being recommended by Jay Z.  3

426.  ScHoolboy Q hates ketchup.4

425. Will Smith introduced Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace, Tupac and Biggie‘s moms, for the first time at the 1999 VMAs.5

424. Epic wanted Ghostface Killah to add two more verses to “Cherchez La Ghost.” 6 

423. Juvenile wanted to sign Young Buck to Cash Money, but had no interest in Lloyd Banks.7 

422. Action Bronson was once in a tampon commercial. (0:10 mark)

421. Prodigy and Havoc (of Mobb Deep) were introduced to each other in the lunchroom at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan when they were 15.8

1. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1666363/shia-labeouf-kid-cudi-maniac-video/]
2. [http://thesource.com/2015/04/22/watch-vic-mensas-interview-on-power-106/]
3. [http://www.mtv.com/news/2091049/chance-the-rapper-jay-z-madonna-frank-ocean-advice/]
4. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1894624/schoolboy-q-vma-artist-to-watch-video/]
5. [http://www.mtv.com/photos/mtv-video-music-awards-1999-highlights/1563697/2506740/photo/]
6. [http://watchloud.com/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-supreme-clientele/2/]
7. [http://watchloud.com/8-things-we-learned-about-juvenile-from-the-breakfast-club/3/]
8. [http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2013/07/mobb_deep_feature.php]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 42

420. Lupe Fiasco made his album Tetsuo and Youth for 16 core fans he often lurks on social media. (5:25 mark)

419. The Notorious B.I.G. wanted to drop Ready to Die on Halloween.1

418. Every year for Christmas, Kanye West‘s family would sing and play instruments, but Ye didn’t have a good voice, so he would sit in the corner. 2

417. Tupac‘s “Can’t C Me” was originally intended for Dr. Dre & Ice Cube‘s never released Helter Skelter album. 3

416. Kendrick Lamar (then known as K Dot) rapped for Charles Hamilton back in the day. (1:30 mark)

415. Pharrell‘s Astronaut BBC T-Shirt once flew aboard the United States Space Shuttle, Atlantis, to the International Space Station.4

414. Rick Ross and Bill Murray once recorded a song for a Christmas show, but Ross didn’t show up for the shoot. 5

413. Ab-Soul credits his extensive vocabulary to his mom reading him Dr. Seuss and Charlie Brown before bed.6

412. Missy Elliott‘s Supa Dupa Fly was recorded in two weeks and was entirely produced by Timbaland.7

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411. Eazy-E asked Bone Thugs to write his verse on “Foe The Love of Money,” but they made hit pen it himself.8

1. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1930343/we-have-20-notorious-b-i-g-facts-for-ready-to-dies-20th-anniversary/]
2. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/5893976/kanye-wests-the-college-dropout-an-oral-history]
3. [https://myspace.com/article/2013/11/06/canon-ballin-the-dr-dre-collection-1996-1999]
4. [http://theneptunes.org/nasa-n-e-r-d-project-revealed-a-bbc-astronaut-t-shirt/#sthash.jiZ66HcG.dpuf]
5. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/03/rick-ross-skips-performance-with-bill-murray/]
6. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.20101/title.ab-soul-credits-his-extensive-vocabulary-to-his-mom-speaks-on-alori-joh]
7. [http://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/blog/the-evolution-of-timbaland]
8. [https://medium.com/@JordanLebeau/bone-thugs-n-harmony-b0e700e85eae]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 41

Did you know?…

410. Long before working with Adidas, Kanye West once destroyed a pair of their sneakers on film. (4:46 mark)

409. Drake‘s producer Noah40Shebib mixed and mastered So Far Gone at the  Beverly Wilshire hotel on a pair of AKG 240 headphones and a iHome clock radio. 1

408. Snoop Dogg used to record with 213  in the studio at VIP Records in Long Beach, a record store that Ab-Soul‘s grandfather founded. (6:46 mark)

407. Dr. Dre and Suge Knight once had their own custom lowrider shop called Let Me Ride Hydraulics2

406. “Ken Kaniff” on Eminem‘s Slim Shady LP was the only skit not voiced by Em.  A Detroit rapper named Aristotle did the vocals. 3

405. In 2007, J. Cole tried to hand Jay Z  a CD full of beats outside of his Roc the Mic studios.  Jay replied, “Man, I don’t want that,” and Cole considered him to be evil at that point.  4

404. Logic can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute.

403. When Method Man first met Mary J. Blige, she told him she woke up to his song “Bring the Pain” every day. 5

402. Tyler, The Creator named the roach in the “Yonkers” video Nissan, and yes, he really bit into it. (12:50 mark)

401. J Dilla was  present when DJ Premier recorded “Devil’s Pie” with D’Angelo. 6

References:

1. [http://www.gq.com/entertainment/music/201111/noah-shebib-40-drake-take-care-producer]
2. [Vibe Magazine, September 1995]
3. [http://watchloud.com/13-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-slim-shady-lp/8/]
4. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/08/from-struggle-to-stardom-how-your-favorite-rappers-were-discovered/j-cole]
5. [http://uk.complex.com/music/2011/10/method-man-25-essential-songs/]
6. [http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2oav69/iama_dj_premier_and_royce_da_59_are_prhyme_ask_us/cmlfhau]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 40

Did You Know?…

400. Juvenile‘s “Back That Ass Up” video was filmed at his old middle school, and E-40 and Kurupt were on the set.1

399. Big Sean watches Forrest Gump for inspiration (other favorites include The Wolf Of Wall StreetThe Dark Knight trilogy and The Godfather).2

398. Lupe Fiasco doesn’t eat red #40 food coloring and has an affinity for yellow M&Ms.3

397. Biggie took offense to The Roots‘ “What They Do” video because he felt they were mocking the visuals to “One More Chance.” 4

396. Tupac and Outkast were supposed to collaborate on a track, but it never came to fruition.5

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395. Erykah Badu  was the stage manager of Steve Harvey’s club, booked comedians and even wrote some material for him.6

394. Jay Z wrote “Buggin” for Bugs Bunny on the Space Jam soundtrack.7

393. J Dilla and Dr. Dre were supposed to collaborate on a project before he passed.8

392. As ball boy for the Chicago Bulls, Common received a pair of Jordans signed by MJ himself.  He gave them to his father and was upset when he saw him wear them to one of his shows.9

391.  Kanye West wanted to design video games in the 7th grade. (0:48 mark) 10

References:

1. [http://www.xxlmag.com/video/2015/01/the-vault-juvenile-remembers-back-that-ass-up-video-shoot-may-2012/]
2. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2015/01/big-sean-good-rap-music-interview/]
3. [http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2007/12/interview_lupe.php?page=3]
4. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6327863/questlove-the-roots-notorious-big-never-made-it-right]
5. [http://dayandadream.com/2015/02/04/tupac-letter-reveals-potential-outkast-collab/]
6. [http://stopbeingfamous.com/2013/10/31/erykah-badu-discusses-children-love-and-life-with-stop-being-famous/_3308199.html]
7. [http://rap.genius.com/Bugs-bunny-buggin-lyrics]
8. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.32395/title.dave-new-york-recalls-potential-j-dilla-dr-dre-collaboration]
9. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.31351/title.common-slated-to-host-furniture-design-competition-show]
10. [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2488136/Kanye-Wests-humble-beginnings-revealed-seen-2002-MTV-interview.html]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 39

Did you know?

390. Contrary to popular belief, Nas stated that he did NOT write Will Smith’s “Gettin Jiggy With It.” 1

389. LL Cool J once got arrested for humping a couch.

388. Death Row had plans to open an East Coast office run by Eric B. 2

387. Originally, Timbaland, Pharrell and will.I.am were supposed to make a beat for the Shrek the Third soundtrack. 3

386. Eazy-E used to record in the studio with the lights off. 4

385. Vic Mensa was electrocuted by a transformer that sent 15,000 volts of electricity through his body while trying to sneak into Lollapalooza. 5

384. Q-Tip wrote and produced on Mariah Carey’s “Honey.” 6

383. After recording “Two Lips” for J Dilla’s foundation, Joey Bada$$ was given a folder of 30 unheard Dilla beats to choose from to use for his album. 7

382. The entire Junior Mafia Conspiracy album was made on a tour bus. 8

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381. Jarobi left A Tribe Called Quest to go to culinary school. 9

 

References:

1. [http://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/233t3x/i_am_nas_amaa/cgt47l9]
2. [http://www.vibe.com/article/snoop-dogg-vibe-cover-story-dec-96jan-97]
3. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/06/lil-waynes-tha-carter-iii-recounted-through-oral-history/9/]
4. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2312/title.dj-yella-reveals-aborted-eazy-e-tracks-why-dr-dre-shelved-detox-]
5. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/festivals/lollapalooza-festival/6206842/vic-mensa-lollapalooza-near-death-electrocuted-video]
6. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_(Mariah_Carey_song)]
7. [http://rwdmag.com/exclusive-interview-joey-bada-talks-the-beats-behind-b4-da/]
8. [http://www.mtv.com/bands/n/notorious_big/news_feature_070305/index3.jhtml]
9. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.19940/title.dres-declares-jarobis-rhyming-debut-light-years-ahead-of-q-tips-jarobi-reveals-real-reason-for-leaving-rap]

 

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 38

Did you know?

380. Redman developed a foot fetish after working at a women’s shoe store as a teenager.

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379. Tupac was planning on opening a restaurant called Powamekka Cafe, a play on the words “power” and “Mecca.” 1

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378. Dr. Dre can’t stand N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton and says he threw it together in six weeks so that the group could have something to sell out of the trunk. 2

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377. Tommy Hilfiger sales reached an all-time high after Snoop wore an oversized shirt by the designer on SNL in 1994. 3

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376. Andre 3000 originally submitted the “Rosa Parks” instrumental to R& B group Total4

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375. Nas I Am… intro samples the Amityville Horror score.

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374. Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby” video was inspired by artist Marina Abramovic’s MoMA performance. 5

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373. Queen Latifah named Naughty by Nature.  She also managed the group along with OutKastMonica, Fu-SchnickensSWV, Faith Evans and many others.

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372. Kid Cudi used to work at the BAPE NYC store and had to chase customer Kanye West down before leaving the store to take off a clothing sensor. 6

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371. Biggie’s “Warning” beat was originally meant for Big Daddy Kane7

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References:
1. [http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2011/09/13/shock-g-and-smif-n-wessun-talk-tupacs-eating-habits-i-never-seen-him-eat-a-vegetable-not-once-in-the-five-years-i-knew-him]
2. [http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rolling-in-compton-with-snoop-and-dre-20101029]
3. [http://www.biography.com/people/tommy-hilfiger-594098]
4. [http://www.vibe.com/article/what-millennials-should-know-about-outkasts-aquemini-lp?utm_source=sc-tw&utm_medium=ref&utm_campaign=Outkast]
5. [http://www.vulture.com/2013/08/jay-z-picasso-baby-video-mark-romanek-hbo.html]
6. [http://www.complex.com/music/2013/04/a-history-of-kid-cudi-and-good-music/meet-at-the-bape-store]
7. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.2562/title.10-crucial-facts-about-biggie-s-ready-to-die-]