440. Nas‘ I 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
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 Pound. 4
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
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)
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40. Andre 3000 prefers kale over collard greens. He shared the following recipe with Bon Apetit magazine: 1
_______________________________________________________________________________ 39. Talib Kweli recalls first meeting Kanye West at a studio session that Mos Def was unable to attend at the last minute. I said, “What songs did you do on Beanie Sigel’s album?” He told me “The Truth” and a couple of other songs, and I was like, “Man, those songs are the shit, can you play me some beats?” He played me “Good To You” and “Guerilla Monsoon Rap” and a couple of other beats in that session. I picked those two immediately, like, “Yo, this kid is incredible! Who is this guy?” 2 _______________________________________________________________________________ 38. 50 Cent got his name from Kelvin “50 Cent” Martin, a criminal infamous for robbing rappers. The original 50 Cent can be seen kneeling in the right bottom corner on the back of Eric B. and Rakim’s Paid in Full album below. 3 _______________________________________________________________________________ 37. Jay-Z doesn’t cut his hair when he’s recording an album. 4 _______________________________________________ 36. Actor Dustin Hoffman joined Dr. Dre and Eminem during “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” dressed as a mummy on stage in 1999. 5 _______________________________________________________________________________ 35. The Roots, Nas, Destiny’s Child, Alicia Keys, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest were all featured on the Men In Black soundtrack. _______________________________________________________________________________ 34. Ice Cube was reluctant to play Doughboy in Boyz n the Hood. Director John Singleton approached Ice Cube to play at various rap shows, and he eventually took the role. Singleton also encouraged Ice Cube to write screenplays, and Friday came to fruition. 6 _______________________________________________________________________________ 33. Nas originally delivered a nearly 60-bar run that he later broke up for the song “NY State of Mind.” “He did the whole first verse in one take,” recalled DJ Premier, who produced the track. “He stopped and said, ‘Does that sound cool?’ And we were all like, ‘Oh, my God.’ ” 7 _______________________________________________________________________________ 32. UGK‘s Ridin’ Dirty was greatly influenced by 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me. _______________________________________________________________________________ 31. Though he is greatly associated with West Coast rap, Ice-T was born in Newark, New Jersey. 8 _______________________________________________________________________________ References: 1. [http://www.bonappetit.com/people/celebrities/article/we-ask-andre-3000-the-tough-questions-e-g-kale-or-collards]↩ 2. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2012/06/talib-kweli-breaks-down-his-25-most-essential-songs/talib-kweli-guerilla-monsoon-rap]↩ 3. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvin_Martin]↩ 4. [MTV http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/06/08/jay-zs-grows-hair-for-art-mystery-women/]↩ 5. [MTV http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1428638/eminem-dr-dre-joined-onstage-by-dustin-hoffman.jhtml]↩ 6. [IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101507/trivia?item=tr0625682 ]↩ 7. [Rolling Stone Magazine http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-50-greatest-hip-hop-songs-of-all-time-20121205/nas-n-y-state-of-mind-19691231]↩ 8. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice-T]↩