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Album Stream & Download: The Notorious B.I.G. x Star Wars – Life After Death Star

With the anticipation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens,  Otaku Gang (Richie Branson and Solar Slim) mashes up The Notorious B.I.G.‘s lyrics over John Williams’ iconic score.  The result is an interstellar masterpiece not to be missed.  Stream and enjoy the entire project below via Soundcloud.  Download it here.

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


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]

Hip Hop News 1/26

After dropping “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna & Paul McCartney, Kanye West is rumored to release a 7-Track EP featuring Big SeanPusha T, John LegendJay ElectronicaCommonQ-Tip, and Pharrell soon.  (Read More)


A quiet memorial service for A$AP Yams was held yesterday at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York (where Aaliyah and The Notorious B.I.G. were also put to rest). (Read More)

Lil’ Wayne is reportedly planning to sue Birdman for $8 million in advances and is still trying to leave Cash Money.  (Read More) 

Big Sean‘s new album Dark Sky Paradise is due 2/24 and will feature Lil’ Wayne, Kanye, DrakeJhené Aiko & more. (Read More)  He also plans to start his own label.

Bobby Shmurda‘s gun charges will be dismissed, but he still faces a slew of other charges.  (Read More)


Nipsey Hussle has sold 60 copies of his $1,000 mixtape, Mailbox Money. (Read More) 

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx with a documentary about the album. (Read More)  

A$AP Rocky’s upcoming album will be co-executive produced by A$AP Yams and Danger Mouse. (Read More)

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.

(1:07 mark)


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


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


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


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


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

(0:10 mark)


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


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


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


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


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 31

Did you know?

310. Rick Ross’ top 5 rappers include Tupac, Biggie, Jay Z, Birdman and Diddy.

(4:00 min mark)


309. Amy Winehouse’s “Me & Mr. Jones” was about Nas.1


308. Snoop wasn’t able to get into a club downtown LA even though “Deep Cover” was playing, and a passerby told the bouncer he was the rapper on the track.2


307. Ab-Soul loved Kriss Kross so much as a kid that he and his cousin memorized their lyrics and performed them at a concert.3


306. Drake’s favorite Lil’ Wayne verse is from the “Crying Out for Me (Remix).”  He’s also a big fan of his bars on Outkast’s “Hollywood Divorce.”


305. Kid Cudi was upset that Kanye West didn’t notify him about using his vocals on “Guilt Trip.” 4


304. Slick Rick wears an eye patch because he was blinded by a piece of glass as an infant.5


303. Slimkid3 of The Pharcyde produced for Brian Austin Green and made appearances on Korn tracks. 6  


302. DMX and Scarface shed a few tears together while reading the Bible the first time they met. 7


301. The Notorious B.I.G. never learned how to drive.8



1. [http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2011/10/nas-speaks-on-amy-winehouses-me-mr-jones/]
2. [http://www.gq.com/entertainment/music/201301/snoop-lion-snoop-dogg-profile-gq-january-2013]
3. [http://larecord.com/interviews/2012/10/30/ab-soul-keep-asking-questions]
4. [http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1723178/kid-cudi-yeezus-feature.jhtml]
5. [http://www.mtv.com/artists/slick-rick/biography/]
6. [http://www.complex.com/music/2013/04/the-50-worst-hip-hop-fails/slim-kid-tre-brings-90210-actor-to-the-pharcyde]  
7. [http://theboombox.com/dmx-scarface/]
8. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1602468/the-notorious-bigs-signature-accessories/]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 22

Did you know?

220. Outkast wanted their stage name to originally be “2 Shades Deep” or “Misfits” before deciding on the phonetic spelling of synonym “outcast.” 1


219. Drake asked Kadir Nelson to do his Nothing Was the Same album cover artwork after admiring his paintings of Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye on the wall of LA studio Marvin’s Room.

(4:19 mark)


218. Chance the Rapper’s “Everybody’s Something” is inspired by a bad LSD trip.  “I was kind of having a meltdown. We started talking about health care, and then we got into individuality – like how everybody is alone.” 2


217. Jay Electronica had a shrink when he was 8 because he had delusions of grandeur. “It was always that I was just living unrealistic in my head,” he elaborates. 3


216. Devin the Dude used to be a security guard. “I’d get high and write rhymes at the job. With a gun on my side,” he says laughing. 4


215. Childish Gambino enjoys cooking and considers Osso bucco (veal shanks with vegetables) his best dish.  His favorite part is the marrow. 5


214. Spike Jonze directed the video for the Notorious B.I.G’s “Sky’s the Limit” and Pharcyde’s “Drop.” 6

Notorious B.I.G. – “Sky’s the Limit”

Pharcyde – “Drop”


213. Action Bronson’s favorite track off of his Blue Chips 2 album is “Amadu Diablo.” 7


212. The unofficial video for Grandmaster Melle Mel’s “White Lines” video starred Lawrence Fishburne and was directed by then NYU Film student Spike Lee. 8


211. Future is the cousin of producer of Rico Wade from the Dungeon Family. 9



1. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2013/04/25-things-you-didnt-know-about-outkast/two-names-before-settling-on-outkast ]

2. [Rolling Stone Magazinhttp://www.danhymanwrites.com/uploads/1/6/1/0/16109102/chance_the_rapper.pdf]

3. [http://rapradar.com/2010/12/17/respect-jay-electronica-story/]

4. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.1505/title.devin-the-dude-the-last-laugh]

5. [http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2012/06/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-childish-gambino/8/]

6. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spike_Jonze]

7. [http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2013/11/action-bronson-interview/]

8. [http://www.egotripland.com/gallery/liquid-liquid-cavern-music-video/grandmaster-melle-mel-white-lines-dont-dont-do-it-unofficial-music-video-1983/]

9. [http://hiphopwired.com/2012/08/20/future-talks-dungeon-family-ties-credits-cousin-rico-wade-with-success-video/]

The Revolution Will Be Televised: Revolt TV Launch


Grown weary longing for the days when MTV would play music videos and broke up-and-coming artists?  Look no further than Revolt TV.  

Diddy‘s new cable network (on Comcast and Time Warner) dedicated to musicians “who put time into their visuals and artistry” strives to become the “new #1 name in music” by letting fans run its content through social media.

Launched October 21, from Biggie’s childhood stoop in Brooklyn, the channel promises to push the envelope and provide a platform for quality music from various genres and eras.

With videos ranging from Hip Hop’s A$AP Rocky to Techno’s Gesaffelstein and Rock’s Phoenix, the diverse mix of visuals is a breath of fresh air for music fans who were left for dead with MTV shows like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom in lieu of the long-lived TRL or Unplugged.

The outlet’s resuscitation of the music video also offers hope to the myriad of unsigned artists dreaming of stardom.  Within the first 24 hours of premiering, a song “Beat Up Kidz” by The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores, a band with only 217 followers on Twitter, was aired to the masses.

Of course, mainstream artists like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus (not to mention Diddy’s girl, Cassie) are shown plenty of love, but they provide the Pop Culture conversation pieces and fashion trends the current generation of music enthusiasts have only been able to watch sporadically via Vevo and YouTube.

Though the programming itself is not particularly groundbreaking, it may be the catalyst that may once again spark creativity, unite the music community and also expose viewers to new artists without the hassle of scouring blogs, relying on radio or word of mouth.

Locate the channel in your area or stream online at: http://www.revolt.tv/


Here are some of the videos already in rotation:

Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”

King Krule – “Easy Easy”

Toro y Moi “Rose Quartz”

Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”

Run DMC – “Run’s House”

Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Collard Greens”

Audio Push – “Shine On”

Bloc Party “Ratchet”

Disclosure – “F For you”

Solange – “Lovers in the Parking Lot”

A$AP Rocky – “Fashion Killa”

Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

Beastie Boys – “So What’cha Want”

M.I.A. “Bad Girls”

Amy Winehouse – “You Know I’m No Good”

Bruno Mars – “Gorilla”

Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”

Miguel – “Candles in the sun”

Gesaffelstein “Hate or Glory” 

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 17

Did you know?

170. 16-year-old Wondagurl was inspired to make Jay Z’s “Crown” beat after hearing Pusha T’s “Blocka.”  She built the cut around a sample of reggae star Sizzla’s “Solid as a Rock.”


169. When Will.I.am was in high school, he was signed to Eazy E’s Ruthless Records. 1


168. Eminem canceled Vans Warped Tour Dates after he bruised his ribs falling off stage in 1999. 2


167. Wale has over 20 girls tattooed on his body. 


166. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes helped write No Doubt’s “Hella Good.” 3


165. IAMSU!’s grandmother makes homemade wine and jelly.


164. The Notorious B.I.G. won several awards in middle school in his favorite subject, English. 4


163. Kanye West wrote “All Falls Down” in 15 minutes. 5


162. Snoop’s favorite candies are Jolly Ranchers, Starburst and Red Vines. 6


161. 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige were tentatively considered for the group The Firm. 7



1. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will.i.am]

2. [MTV http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1428633/eminem-bruises-ribs-cancels-two-warped-dates.jhtml]

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

4. [http://newsone.com/1643635/biggie-smalls-wiki-facts-notorious-big/]

5. [NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/arts/music/kanye-west-talks-about-his-career-and-album-yeezus.html?pagewanted=all]

6. [http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1hgnhk/i_am_snoop_lion_back_again_ask_me_anything_pt_2/]

7. [Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Firm_(hip_hop_group)]

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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