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HipHopDX Article: Just The Two Of Us: Chronicling, Defending & Meeting Eminem


Read about how I defended Eminem as a teenager and eventually got the opportunity to meet him after creating my own fan site:


Random Hip Hop Facts Part 5

Did you know?…

50.  LupeFiasco” is a reference to The Firm song “Firm Fiasco.” He also “liked the way it looked on paper.” 1


49.  Big Boi (of Outkast) starts working on albums on Martin Luther King Day. 2


48.  A$AP Rocky was named after Hip Hop legend Rakim.  His government name is Rakim Mayers. 3


47.  Kendrick Lamar enjoys watching Martin and eating Fruity Pebbles. 

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46.  Kanye West met Japanese artist Takashi Murakami after asking to view his Hiropon statue (an anime character with huge breasts) in person.  They met at Murakami’s studio in Roppongi Hills and decided to collaborate.  He created the art work for Kanye’s 2007 Graduation album and directed the “Good Morning” video. 4 5 


45.  The Notorious B.I.G. was supposed to attend a Soul Train Awards after party with friend, Shaquille O’ Neal, the night he was fatally shot.  O’Neal was ready to go, but fell asleep before meeting up with the legendary rapper.  “I just fell asleep. I woke up about 4 o’clock from a call from my mother,” Shaq added. “She said ‘Did you go to the party?’ I’m like, ‘No, what’re you talking about?’ She said, ‘You know, your friend was shot and killed.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ So then I hung up with her and called some people, and they told me what had happened.”  Shaq wonders if he could have prevented the incident somehow. 6


44.  Dr. Dre originally wanted to title his Chronic 2001 album Chronic 2000, but was forced to change it because Suge Knight had already released a compilation album with the same name. 7


43.  One of Mariah Carey’s favorite movies is Mean Girls.  Her song “Obsessed” and its video reference the film. 8


42.  Ne-Yo wrote  Beyonce’s “Irreplacable” and Rihanna’s “Unfaithful” and “Take a Bow.” 9


41.  DJ Jazzy Jeff lives in Bear, Delaware.  He says,I had a friend who moved to Delaware a long time ago. I would visit, and we’d all go shopping. As you get older, you start to pay attention to your surroundings a little more. In Delaware, the real estate is much more reasonable. Usually the athletes and people in Philly end up moving to Jersey, but Delaware has much lower taxes, which is a deal-maker.” 10



1. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupe_Fiasco]

2. [http://www.bigboi.com/25-things-you-dont-know-about-big-boi/]

3. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASAP_Rocky]

4. [http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1301/11/ta.01.html]

5. [http://www.theguardian.com/music/2007/aug/12/urban.kanyewest]

6. [http://bleacherreport.com/articles/628455-big-memories-could-shaq-have-saved-notorious-big-or-shared-his-fate]

7. [MTV http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1428277/dr-dre-suge-knight-attempt-settle-differences-over-multiple-chronic-2000-albums.jhtml]

8. [MTV http://m.mtv.com/news/article.rbml?id=1615108]

9. [http://www.digster.co.uk/playlists/written-by-ne-yo/]

10. [http://www.jazzyjefffreshprince.com/forum/topic/14880-new-jazzy-jeff-interview/]