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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 41

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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]

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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-]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 34

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340. When Kendrick Lamar was 21, he claims a vision of Tupac appeared to him and said, “Don’t let the music die.” 1

 

339. Tyler, The Creator doesn’t eat the skin on apples.

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338. Q-Tip was responsible for informing Kanye West about blood diamonds in Sierra Leone. 2

 

337. When Tupac misbehaved as a child, Afeni Shakur would make her son read The New York Times as punishment. 3 

 

336. Swizz Beatz sampled video game Golden Axe for Jay Z‘s “Money, Cash, Hoes.”

335. Snoop Dogg  is a fan of Bollywood music – especially the artist Singh. 4

334. Pharrells brother, Cato, is a pro-am skater. 5

333. Amy Winehouse wanted to start a supergroup with Questlove and Mos Def.

332.  Puff Daddys “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” beat was originally created for Foxy Brown6

331. Prince and Eve have a song together called “Hot Wit’ U.” 7

References:

1. [http://www.gq.com/moty/2013/kendrick-lamar-men-of-the-year-rapper?currentPage=2]
2. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/04/20-things-you-didnt-know-about-q-tip/blood-diamonds]
3. [http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/20-things-you-might-not-know-about-biggie-2pac-0#3JVl29DQBzH3uElp.99]
4. [http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1hgnhk/i_am_snoop_lion_back_again_ask_me_anything_pt_2/cau4qgn]
5. [http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2008/nov/23/pharrell-williams-neptunes-sport]
6. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/07/magnum-opus-the-making-of-puff-daddy-cant-nobody-hold-me-down-f-mase (3:30 mark)]
7.[http://www.mtv.com/news/517823/best-of-99-rapper-eve-finds-paradise-on-albums-chart/ ]