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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 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

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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]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 41

Did you know?…

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]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 38

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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 37

Did you know?

 370. While working for the Mets, Action Bronson got fired after throwing a fellow chef over a table because he kept bumping into Bronson in the kitchen.1

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369. Andre 3000 revealed that Outkast’s label wanted Kid Rock to play guitar on “B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad).” 2

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368. The worst Christmas gift Wiz Khalifa ever received was a macaroni-colored crewneck sweatsuit from his dad and stepmom at age 14.

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367. The Roots go through war in deciding the direction of each album. It is to the point where Questlove has quit the band on each album except the last three. 3

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366. YG’s favorite video games are Grand Theft Auto and Madden.  He plays as the 49ers. 4

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 365. Freddie Gibbs all-time favorite song is “I Got 5 On It” by the Luniz. 5

364. Killer Mike loves the original Star Trek series and the original Planet Of The Apes.  His favorite books include Lord Of The Flies and Animal Farm, which he credits for helping him become conscious of social classes, order and technology.6

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363. Though samples usually cost around $5,000 to$10,000, it cost $100,000 for Fabolous to sample Supertramp for “Breathe.”7

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362. Future has a songwriting credit on Ludacris’ “Blueberry Yum Yum.”  At the time (2004), he went by the name Meathead the Phuture.8

361. Machine Gun Kelly’s musical guilty pleasures include the Space Jam soundtrack, Sister Act 2 soundtrack and Grease soundtrack.9 

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References:

1. [http://www.askmen.com/fine_living/wine_dine_archive_400/479b_action-bronson-interview.html]
2. [Q&A with Andre Benjamin, pg 28 of Rolling Stone issue September, 25 2014]
3. [ http://hiphopwired.com/2014/05/20/10-things-learned-breakfast-club-roots-interview-photos/8/]
4. [http://pitchfork.com/features/guest-lists/9401-yg/]
5. [http://pitchfork.com/features/guest-lists/7864-freddie-gibbs/]
6. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2178/title.killer-mike-talks-ghostwriting-corporate-rap-why-scarface-is-the-g-o-a-t-]
7. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/videos/id.17449/title.just-blaze-talks-fabolous-breathe-for-the-song-s-10-year-anniversary]
8. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/08/from-struggle-to-stardom-how-your-favorite-rappers-were-discovered/future?utm_campaign=complexmag%2Bsocialflow%2B08%2B2014&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social]
9. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2131/title.machine-gun-kelly-divulges-previous-addiction-problems-denounces-rapping-about-molly]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 36

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360. Dr. Dre made 50 Cent say the same lines over 500 times on his Get Rich or Die Tryin’ song “Heat.” 1

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359. Biggie only got $500 for doing Real Love” with Mary J. Blige. 2

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358. According to Chris Rock, Kanye West had everyone in the studio (including the engineers) wearing suits while working on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to set a certain mood.

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357. Lupe Fiasco’s parents instructed him not to say the pledge of allegiance in school as a child. 3

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356. Ab-Soul has stated he quotes Nas and Jay Z at least once or twice on every project. 4

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355. Paul Wall helped create Ryan Lochte‘s American flag grill he wore to the 2012 Olympics.5

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354. According to Ja Rule, DMX once had his mouth wired shut after being in a fight or getting jumped.  Like Kanye, he continued to rap regardless.

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353. Schoolboy Q’s song “Blind Threats” with Raekwon  was sparked after they ran into each other in an elevator.6 

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352. While on tour as Outkast, Andre 3000 & Big Boi  travel on separate tour buses.  They also frequently work from separate home studios and Andre 3000’s whereabouts are often unknown to everybody, including his partner.7 

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351. Mr. Cartoon did Beyonce’s first tattoo of an angel at age 21, but she later had it removed.8

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References:
1. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.2533/title.4-things-we-learned-at-g-unit-s-shade-45-reunion-special]
2. [http://www.mtv.com/bands/n/notorious_big/news_feature_070305/index.jhtml]
3. [http://www.npr.org/2012/09/27/161885892/why-lupe-fiasco-cant-pledge-allegiance-to-flag\]
4. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/06/ab-soul-makes-sure-to-quote-nas-and-jay-z-on-every-project/]
5. [http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/trending/post/_/id/5803/rapper-paul-wall-talks-ryan-lochtes-grill]
6. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.2293/title.6-things-we-learned-from-schoolboy-q-s-oxymoron-listening-session]
7. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editorials/id.1695/title.10-things-we-learned-reading-dirty-south-by-ben-westhoff]
8. [vhttp://books.google.com/books?id=0SUEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA104&ots=6yukOVwOrl&dq=camron%20rapper%20hernia%20ulcer&pg=PA70#v=onepage&q&f=true]

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/ ]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 33

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330. Childish Gambino is a big fan of Disney’s Wreck-It-Ralph.

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329. Scott Storch co-produced “Hola Hovito” with Timbaland.1

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328. Eminem owns the rare comic “Amazing Fantasy #15,” marking Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s first appearance.2

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327. KRS-One is afraid of flying and took a four week boat trip when he visited Australia.3 

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326. Lupe Fiasco shot a gun for the first time at 4 years old.4

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325. LL Cool J wrote a children’s book called And the Winner Is…5 

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324. Killer Mike’s Run the Jewels was highly influenced by Quentin Tarantino – especially his movie Reservoir Dogs.6

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323. Ab-Soul visited Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch as a kid.7

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322. Tupac’s dying words were, “Fuck you,” in response to a Las Vegas police officer asking who shot him. 8

_______________________________________________________________________________ 321. Chris Rock came up with to hook to Jay Z’s “99 Problems.” 9

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1. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/04/scott-storch-interview]
2. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1628589/eminems-comic-book-collection-is-otherworldly-shady-exec-says/]
3. [http://www.bet.com/celebrities/photos/2014/03/celebrities-afraid-of-flying.html#!021612-shows-106-park-dj-premiere-krs-one]
4. [http://www.djbooth.net/index/interviews/entry/lupe-fiasco-interview-0102081/]
5. [http://www.amazon.com/Winner-%C2%BF-Ll-Cool-J/dp/0439389119]
6. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2178/title.killer-mike-talks-ghostwriting-corporate-rap-why-scarface-is-the-g-o-a-t-]
7. [Interview on All Out Show with Rude Jude & Lord Sear. Aired 6/23 on Shade 45.]
8. [http://us.cnn.com/2014/05/23/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/tupac-last-words-rs/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter]
9. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/03/chris-rock-came-jay-zs-99-problems-hook/]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 31

Did you know?

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

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

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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

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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

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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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References:

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 30

Did you know?

300. Dr. Dre does not allow his wife or kids to play his music in their home. 1

_______________________________________________299. The Adidas Pharrell wore to the Grammys were made with over 1600 Swarovksi crystals in 15 shapes and sizes and took more than 10 hours to apply by hand.  2

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298. 50 Cent’s favorite TV shows growing up were Benny Hill and Dukes of Hazard3

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297. One of Rihanna’s favorite restaurants is Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, CA. 4

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296. ScHoolboy Q once started a fire lighting candles trying to be romantic.

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295. Tyler, the Creator began skating at age 12 on a Blind. 5

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294. Method Man wrote “All I Need” in bed while his girlfriend slept beside him. 6

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293. Eminem lost a notebook full of lyrics (with Britney Spears on the cover) at an airport in 2000. Though he offered a generous cash reward along with a chance to meet him, it was never returned. 7

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292. Lauryn Hill was in talks to perform “All Falls Down” with Kanye West at the the 2004 VMAs, but Ye refused to disinvite Syleena Johnson. 8

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291. Ja Rule grew up a Jehovah’s Witness and was embarrassed to knock on friends’ doors during field service when he was a child. 9

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References:

1. [http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/dr-dre-interview-0114]
2. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-hook/6042196/pharrell-williams-swarovski-adidas-the-story-behind-the-1600?utm_source=twitter]
3. [http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/277lmj/its_50_cent_ask_me_anything/chy4qlo]
4. [http://www.contactmusic.com/news/rihanna-dines-at-top-italian-restaurant-three-times-a-week_3476870]
5. [http://www.spin.com/articles/odd-futures-tyler-creator-race-broken-homes-and-waking-rich/]
6. [http://www.complex.com/music/2011/10/method-man-25-essential-songs/method-man-f-streetlife-all-i-need-original-1994-method-man-f-mary-j-blige-all-i-need-remix-1994#gallery]
7. [http://www.eonline.com/news/40692/eminem-and-the-case-of-the-missing-notebook]
8. [http://www.mtv.com/bands/w/west_kanye/news_feature_081805/index3.jhtml]
9. [http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/2000/10/Double-Crossed-By-Religion.aspx?p=2]