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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

Did you know?

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

Did you know?

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 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]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 29

Did you know?

290. Lil Bs favorite fruit is mango. 1
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289. Some of Nas favorite albums include I Want You by Marvin Gaye, Shaved Fish, by John Lennon, EPMD’s Unfinished Business and The Great Adventures of Slick Rick2

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288. A lot of Missy Elliotts dancers on the set of “She’s a Bitch” kept slipping on the wet platform and suffered from asthma attacks because they had to be underwater.  Many also broke out from the makeup. 3

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287. Fat Joe was once kicked out of an all-you-can-eat crab restaurant in Miami for overindulging. 4

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286. The first album Jay Dilla ever owned was The Wiz soundtrack at age 3.
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285. Common enjoys going to church on New Year’s Eve to spend time with God. 5
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284. According to Just Blaze, a song called “Looking at my S Dots” was pulled from Jay Zs The Black Album to make room for “PSA” instead. 6
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283. Questlove (of The Roots) always purchases 20 copies of his albums the day they are released. 7
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282. Cee-Lo recorded “Crazy” in one take. 8


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281. KRS-Ones favorite cartoon character is Bugs Bunny. 9
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References:

1. [https://twitter.com/LILBTHEBASEDGOD/status/466630925938225152]
2. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2011/10/hey-young-world-tyler-the-creator-interviews-nas-pt-1-excerpt-from-the-november-2011-issue/2/]
3. [http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/5923011/ladies-first-31-female-rappers-who-changed-hip-hop?page=0%2C11]
4. [All Out Show with Rude Jude and Lord Sear interview – 5/13/14]
5. [http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Common-Rapper-Interview-When-to-Speak-Up]
6. [http://www.thefader.com/2013/11/14/moment-of-clarity-an-oral-history-of-jay-zs-the-black-album/]
7. [https://twitter.com/questlove/status/468766637307731968]
8. [http://pitchfork.com/features/interviews/6318-gnarls-barkley/]
9. [http://www.globaldarkness.com/articles/krsone_int.htm]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 28

Did you know?

280. Eminem and Dr. Dres verses on “Guilty Conscience” were inspired by the angel vs. devil scene in Animal House. 1

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279. Beyonce once walked out on photographer David LaChappelle when he asked her to strip and smother herself in honey at a shoot. 2

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278. Snoop wishes he would have written Slick Ricks “Children Story.”

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277. Mac Miller has cried multiple times during the end of the movie Click. 3

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276. One of Drakes limited edition Raptors/OVO lint rollers sold on ebay for $55,100.  He gave 1200 out to fans during game 5 of the playoffs after being made fun of on social media for using one during Game 24

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275. When DJ Jazzy Jeff used to spin vinyl, he once spent about $4,500 in extra bag charges traveling to Japan.5

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274. Comedian Brandon T. Jackson was once managed by Mobb Deep.

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273. The godfather of The Games son, Harlem, is Baron Davis6

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272. At one point of his life, Big K.R.I.T. lived off of mustard sandwiches. 7

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271. 2 Live Crews “Me So Horny” sampled a scene from the movie Full Metal Jacket.

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References:

1. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1428636/eminem-animal-house-as-moral-lens/]
2. [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,626671,00.html]
3. [http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-28/entertainment/ct-ott-0830-luis-20130828_1_mac-miller-blue-slide-park-family-time]
4. [http://www.rap-up.com/2014/05/01/drake-gives-away-ovo-lint-rollers-at-raptors-game/]
5. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2360/title.dj-jazzy-jeff-says-mac-miller-s-92-til-infinity-is-pretty-much-done]
6. [ http://www.prefixmag.com/features/game/comptons-son-shows-hes-got-it/12754/ http://www.prefixmag.com/features/game/comptons-son-shows-hes-got-it/12754/]
7. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2169/title.big-k-r-i-t-describes-upcoming-work-with-chad-hugo-terrace-martin-dj-dahi]↩

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 27

 Did you know?

270. Nicki Minaj enjoys watching Judge Judy1

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269. One of Action Bronsons favorite restaurants in NYC is Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches. 2

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268. DJ Mustard provided the foundation for Rick Ross “Sanctified” beat.  Kanye West later slowed it down and added the sample to it.

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267. Big Sean was in a group called the Young Boys when he was 11. “We did this whole abstinence thing where I was writing about no sex and no drugs,” he says. 3

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266. Cee-Lo sang on TLCs “Waterfalls.”

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265. Rihanna has her own national holiday in Barbados. 4

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264. Kendrick Lamar is the cousin of Los Angeles Laker Nick Young and will be featured on Swaggy P’s mixtape. 5

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263. Pharoahe Monch considers Melle Mel’s verse on Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “Beat Street Breakdown” one of the greatest of all time. 6

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262. All of De La Soul used to work at Burger King. 7

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261. LL Cool J performed at Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural celebration.  The concert was produced by Quincy Jones8

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References:

1. [http://www.etonline.com/music/131773_5_Fun_Facts_About_American_Idol_Star_Nicki_Minaj/]

2. [http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/03/action-bronson-isn-t-your-typical-rapper.html]

3. [http://www.complex.com/music/2011/08/big-sean-my-complex-interview]

4. [http://qppstudio-public-holidays-news.blogspot.com/2008/02/barbados-declares-february-21st-as.html]

5. [http://fansided.com/2014/01/21/rapper-kendrick-lamar-cousin-lakers-guard-nick-young/#!xxz7l]

6. [http://www.believermag.com/issues/201101/?read=interview_monch]

7. [http://www.kronick.com/2.0/issue30/delasoul.shtml]

8. [http://articles.latimes.com/1993-01-13/entertainment/ca-1347_1_inaugural-events]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 26

 Did you know?

260. Nas listed his daughter, Destiny, as the executive producer on Stillmatic so that she’ll always receive royalty checks from the album. 1

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259. YG had a song with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on My Krazy Life, but it didn’t make the final cut. 2

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258. Cam’ron wrote Lil’ Kim’s “Crush on You.” 3

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257. Ty Dolla $ign knows how to play all instruments except for brass.  His favorite is bass. 4

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256. Danny Brown never learned how to drive a car. 5

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255. Memphis Bleek didn’t like Jay Z’s shout out on the “Diamonds” (Remix).  “I don’t like that line ’cause that line put a stamp on my career, like I look at people looking at me like [Jay] is just taking care of me and I’m just chilling and I’m not working,” says Bleek.  6

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254. Iggy Azalea liked The Nanny’s style so much that her grandmother would make her leopard skin dresses similar to Fran Drescher’s character on her sewing machine.  7

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253.  Mariah Carey made her TV debut on The Arsenio Hall Show.

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252. Swizz Beatz is a painter and creates, shows, and sells work. 8

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251. Heavy D’s “Nuttin’ But Love” was the first rap video to feature models in it. 9

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References:

1. [http://www.complex.com/music/2012/11/50-things-you-didnt-know-about-nas/executive-producer-stillmatic]
2. [http://theboombox.com/yg-my-krazy-life-interview/]
3. [http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2011/04/cam%E2%80%99ron-wrote-lil-ceases-%E2%80%9Ccrush-on-you%E2%80%9D/]
4. [http://noisey.vice.com/blog/ty-dolla-just-wants-to-be-a-man]
5. [http://www.npr.org/blogs/MicrophoneCheck/2014/01/29/265730068/putting-the-pill-in-the-pudding-an-interview-with-danny-brown]
6. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/02/memphis-bleek-didnt-like-jay-zs-shout-kanye-west-diamonds-sierra-leone-remix/]
7. [http://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/iggy-azalea-goes-for-glory/]
8. [http://www.complex.com/art-design/2012/09/10-photos-of-pharrell-with-creatives-you-should-know/swizz-beat]
9. [http://www.vibe.com/article/recap-vh1-tanning-america-documentary-part-3-what-learned]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 25

 Did you know?

250. DJ Premier is a fan of Metallica and Jefferson Starship. 1

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249. Amy Winehouse was a fan of Christmas movies Bad SantaElf, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

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248. Curren$y missed Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose’s wedding because he got too high. 2

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247. The first thing Lil Boosie did after being released from prison was pick his kids up from school and play with them in his hotel. 3

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246. After meeting at an Essence event, Kobe Bryant invited and took Brandy to his prom.

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245. Freddie Gibbs didn’t start rapping until he was 20 years old. 4

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244. Nipsey Hussle’s $100 mixtape concept was inspired by the book Contagious written by Jonah Berger. 5

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243. At age 13, RZA used to sell fruit with ODB in downtown Brooklyn.

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242. Jay Electronica goes on spiritual retreats to the Pashupatinath Hindu Temple and the Bodinath Buddhist Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. 6

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241. 50 Cent says Steve Stoute advised him not to sign with “the White boy” Eminem7

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References:

1. [XXL http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2010/12/dj-premier-the-xxl-icon-interview/]
2. [TMZ http://www.tmz.com/2013/08/22/currensy-wiz-khalifa-wedding-high-weed/]
3. [XXL http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/03/interesting-things-learned-lil-boosies-press-conference/]
4. [http://www.epiloguemagazine.com/featurefreddiegibbsinterview.html]
5. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2246/title.nipsey-hussle-says-he-s-a-book-addict-applauds-rap-s-rule-breakers]
6. [Spin Magazine http://www.spin.com/articles/jay-electronica-man-or-myth/]
7. [MTV http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1724358/50-cent-says-steve-stoute-advised-against-eminem.jhtml]