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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.

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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 19

Did you know?

190.  Redman and Method Man first met at a Kriss Kross album release party. 1

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189. Kendrick Lamar’s “Ignorance Is Bliss” from his Overly Dedicated mixtape caught the attention of Dr. Dre and eventually led to his signing. 2

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188. Beyonce is highly allergic to perfume.  The scents she endorses have been chemically altered to ensure she doesn’t suffer a reaction. 3

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187. Producer No I.D. Says Big Sean’s “Control” beat was originally meant for Jay Z. 4

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186.Kelis’ “Millionaire” and Gwen Stefani’s “Long Way To Go” were scrapped from Andre 3000’s The Love Below album. 5

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185. “Music Man” was the first Masta Ace song Eminem recollects hearing.  He’s one of Em’s biggest influences.

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184. Casey Veggies dad used to be Jay Z & Dame Dash’s bodyguard. 6

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183. Tupac would go to Sway & Tech’s “Wake Up Show” every Friday to get try and get his record played.

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182. Drake would rewrite the lyrics to “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as a child. 7

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181.  Patrick Schwayze appeared in Ja Rule’s “The Reign” video.

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References:
1. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.2135/title.redman-method-man-remember-meeting-at-kris-kross-album-release-party]

2. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendrick_Lamar]

3. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2013/02/who-is-casey-veggies/growing-up-in-la]

4. [http://www.celebuzz.com/photos/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-beyonce/beyonce-facts6/]

5. [Vibe Magazine http://www.vibe.com/article/no-id-big-sean-control-jay-z]

6. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speakerboxxx/The_Love_Below]

7. [NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/arts/music/13drake.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0]

 

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 9

Did you know?…
90. According to Rolling Stone, A$AP Rocky’s style mixed with high and low fashion used to get him and the A$AP crew accused of being gay.

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89. Leonardo DiCaprio and director Baz Luhrmann attended Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild” studio session.  “Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay-Z was recording ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and the collaboration grew from there,” Luhrmann stated referring to Hov (who executive produced and recorded original music for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby). 1

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88. One of Ludacris’ favorite songs growing up was “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by the Geto Boys.

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87. Big Sean’s mother was an actress and even took acting classes with Denzel Washington. 2

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86. Juicy J used to take his Oscar for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” everywhere – including strip clubs.

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85. Nas was almost suffocated while he was shooting his I Am… album cover.  In order to make the iconic mask featured on the cover, the photographer, Danny Hastings, and his crew put a clay mold on his face and poked air holes so he could breathe, but he almost suffocated after clay got lodged in his nose. 3

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84. Eminem is one of the top 20 Donkey Kong players in the world. 4

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83. Busta Rhymes sampled the Psycho score for his track “Gimme Some More.'”

Psycho driving scene (0:31 mark)

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82. Redman used to play the drums in church as a kid. 5

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81. John Legend played the piano on Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything.” 6

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References:

1. [http://hiphopwired.com/2013/03/14/no-church-in-the-wild-is-what-got-jay-z-involved-with-the-great-gatsby/]

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

3. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.15285/title.photographer-almost-suffocated-nas-on-i-am-cover-shoot]

4. [http://donkeykongblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/eminem-donkey-kong-scores.html]

5. [http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Redman.aspx]

6. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everything_Is_Everything_(Lauryn_Hill_song)]

 

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 7

Did you know?…

70.  Drake bought a $200 microphone on eBay that was supposedly signed by Pusha T.   He was a big Star Trak fan when he was 17 and performed with it so much that the autograph rubbed off. 1

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69.  M.I.A. started out as a visual artist. 2

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68.  9th Wonder was highly recommended by Questlove for Jay-Z’s Black Album.  Jay wanted to sample R. Kelly’s “A Women’s Threat” and was pleased with how 9th sampled the beat.

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67.  Lil’ Wayne majored in Psychology at the University of Pheonix. 3

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66.  Before he was known as Ludacris, he was known as DJ “Chris Lova Lova” on Atlanta’s Hot 97.5 (now Hot 107.9).  He began as intern and was discovered by Timbaland after he liked one of Luda’s radio promos. 4

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65.  Jill Scott – not Erykah Badu – originally wrote and sang the hook on The Roots’ “You Got Me.”  It was also where Eve got her first major feature.

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64.  The film ATL featuring T.I. was shot in 45 days. 5

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63.  Trina was a majorette in high school.

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62.  Redman s unique rhyme style can be traced to a creative writing course in his college days.  His teacher encouraged him to stray from the norm. 6

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61.  Aaliyah’s aunt was R&B songstress Gladys Knight.  She was married to her uncle Barry Hankerson, and she even let Aaliyah perform 5 shows in Vegas at the age of 11 to gain exposure. 7

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References:

1. [MTV http://www.mtv.com/videos/when-i-was-17-ep-3-drake-jennie-finch-queen-latifah/1639165/playlist.jhtml]

2. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.I.A._(rapper)]

3. [http://education-portal.com/articles/Rap_and_Hip_Hop_Stars_Who_Went_to_College.html]

4. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludacris]

5. [IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466856/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv]

6. [http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Redman.aspx]

7. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2011/08/10-facts-about-aaliyah-you-might-not-know/gladys-knight]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 6

Did you know?…

60.  Tupac auditioned for the role of Bubba in Forrest Gump1
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59.  RZA, GZA and ODB of the Wu-Tang are all cousins. 2
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58.  Frank Ocean is having a 1990 BMW E30 sedan custom-made similar to the one on the cover of his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape. 3

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57.  Macklemore brought Sir-Mix-A-Lot on stage at one of his earlier concerts.  He viewed it as a passing of the Seattle torch and sees him as a mentor. 4
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56.  Henny (J-Hen) of producing duo Tha Bizness used his own vocal sample on Kendrick Lamar’s “Sherane.”

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55.  How High was actually shot at UCLA – not Harvard. 5
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54.  Ice Cube’s Death Certificate and Nas Illmatic posters are on Bud Bundy’s room on Married with Children.  David Faustino was a rap fan in real life and requested that they be put in his fictional bedroom. 6

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53. Pharrell Williams makes music the old school way with keyboards, modules, and midi (no computer). 7
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52.  Erick Sermon used to entertain his mom’s guests by singing Ray Charles songs while wearing sunglasses.

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51.  Schoolly D’s “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” is considered the first gangsta rap record.  The track pays homage to Philadelphia’s Park Side Killers gang. 8

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References:

1. [MTV Rap Fix http://rapfix.mtv.com/2011/06/16/40-facts-about-tupac-on-his-40th-birthday-part-2/]

2. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gza]

3. [NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/magazine/frank-ocean-can-fly.html?_r=0]

4. [http://music-mix.ew.com/2013/01/23/macklemore-ryan-lewis-thrift-shop-interview/]

5. [IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0278488/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2]

6. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/interviews/id.1933/title.david-faustino-revisits-being-bud-bundy-his-hip-hop-history-with-nas-eazy-e-xzibit-alchemist]

7. [http://canhead.wordpress.com/2007/06/25/pharrell-brings-close-encounters-national-lampoon-and-mr-turner-to-the-la-film-festival/]

8. [http://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/jun/13/schoolly-d-gangsta-rap-record]