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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]

LA Hip Hop Landmarks

Update: Will now be adding landmarks on a national scale as time permits.

Map of Hip Hop landmarks in LA. 

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Random Hip Hop Facts Part 13

Did you know?…

130. According to Rolling Stone, A$AP Rocky has a diamond and topaz ring that belonged to the king of Dubai.  It was a gift from Swizz Beatz.


129. At age 17, Big Sean’s new 2005 Impala was stolen after he left it in his driveway with the keys in the ignition.  A tracking device was installed on the car, and it was later recovered slightly damaged with a missing wheel. 1


128. Before she starred in Kanye’s “Touch the Sky” video, Pamela Anderson made a cameo in Jay-Z‘s “Hey Papi” video.

Jay-Z feat. Memphis Bleek – “Hey Papi” (2:11 mark)

Kanye West – “Touch the Sky”


127. Left Eye’s second solo album, N.I.N.A.,was supposed to feature several songs with Ray J.  She was signed to Suge Knight’s revamp of Death Row known simply as The Row. 2


126. Scott Storch played the keyboards on Dr. Dre’s “Still D-R-E.” 3


125. Dido’s son is named Stan, but she denies naming him after her infamous song with Eminem.  “Stanley was actually our favorite name – coincidentally, both of our favorite names,” she said. “He could never have been called anything else, to be honest. I’m so stupid, I didn’t think anyone would make the connection.”  Dido joked: “It’s fine. I was named after a crazy queen who threw herself on a fire.” 4


124. Missy Elliott had a song featuring Mel B of the Spice Girls called “I Want You Back.”


123. The reason Diddy changed his name from Puff Daddy was to start anew. He told Oprah, “During the Puff Daddy era, I got into a lot of trouble. [In 1999 he was charged with weapons possession and bribery after a shooting at a New York City nightclub and faced up to 15 years in prison. He was tried and acquitted in 2001.] After the trial, I just said, ‘I’m changing my name.'” 5


122. Chuck D used to study graphic design at Adelphi University in Long Island. 6


121. De La Soul’s Stakes Is High  album marked the first time the group was able to come up with the album title before creating the music.



1. [MTV http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/861325/when-i-was-17-big-seans-car-gets-jacked.jhtml]

2. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2012/08/50-unreleased-albums-that-wed-kill-to-hear/left-eye-nina]

3. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.23715/title.scott-storch-confirms-work-with-2-chainz-says-he-s-living-the-healthy-life-]

4. [http://www.digitalspy.com/celebrity/news/a470308/dido-my-son-stanley-isnt-named-after-eminem-song.html]

5. [http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Oprah-Interviews-Sean-Combs-P-Diddy-Puff-Daddy/4]

6. [http://progressive.org/mag_chuckd]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 8

Did you know?…

80.  Nicki Minaj used to work at Red Lobster in the Bronx as a teen.   “I didn’t want to be there, and the customers could tell.  They always want too much bread. That’s what bothered me. Please, if you go to Red Lobster, stop ordering extra bread,” she pleads. 1


79.  Swizz Beatz revealed that Eve’s “Gotta Man” was originally intended for Aaliyah.


78.  50 Cent’s nickname was Boo Boo as a drug dealer.  

(1:56 mark)


77.  Outkast was booed when they won their 1995 Source Award for Best New Rap Group. 2


76.  Kanye West was inspired to add orchestral horns and strings to his music after seeing Portishead’s Roseland NYC Live album cover.  “Seeing their album cover (with Beth Gibbons surrounded by an orchestra) did so much for me. This picture inspired me. I saw it years back but on my first album I couldn’t afford real strings…After I won those Grammys (awards)… I ran and got a string section,” he says. 3



75.  D-12 originally had 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” beat, but passed on it because they weren’t sure what to do with it. 4


74.  In 1997, Lauryn Hill wrote and produced the song “A Rose Is Still a Rose” for Aretha Franklin and directed its music video. 5


73.  L.L. Cool J’s only other occupation besides rapping was delivering newspapers. 6


72.  Subpoena-type invitations were served to guests invited to Death Row Records’ launch party. 7


71.  Diddy (then known as Sean “Puffy” Combs) produced two tracks and interludes on TLC‘s CrazySexyCool album. 8



1. [http://neonlimelight.com/2012/07/14/video-nicki-minaj-talks-working-at-red-lobster-ice-age-continental-drift-on-tonight-show-with-jay-leno/]

2. [http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/scu/summary/v012/12.4grem.html]

3. [Rolling Stone http://archive.is/G1Pn5]

4. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2013/02/50-things-you-didnt-know-about-50-cent/d12-in-da-club]

5. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Rose_Is_Still_a_Rose]

6. [IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005112/bio]

7. [LA Weekly http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2012/11/death_row_records_chasens_launch_suge_dre.php]

8. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CrazySexyCool]