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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)


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)

Kid Cudi – “Goodbye”

Opening with a classic Tupac line from Juice, Kid Cudi sets the tone for his latest track  “Goodbye” that puts a spin on the Pink Floyd classic, “Goodbye Cruel World.” Produced by Dot Da Genius (aka WZRD) the production is dark, but simultaneously inspirational  and will likely be featured on one of his two albums set to drop this year.  Stream below on Soundcloud.

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 45

450. Though Kanye West used auto-tune all over 808s and Heartbreak, producer Yung Guru revealed it was Yeezy who gave Jay Z the “Death of Auto-Tune” concept. 1

449. Kendrick Lamar’s first car was his dad’s old ’92 Cadillac Seville with Lamborghini doors.

448. After J. Cole graduated from St. John’s in 2007, he finally received his degree in 2015.  He stated that the reason he had never obtained it was because he still owed money to the school for an overdue library book. 2

447. The scene of police asking skaters to move in Lupe Fiasco‘s “Kick Push” video was not staged. 3

446. Missy Elliott used to play with sharp objects as a teen.  “In high school, I used to play with knives and razors and carry around a rusty ass machete. But I couldn’t come in this industry that way.  So I had to act like I had some sense.  Be humble and respect everyone,” she told Vibe magazine. 4

445. Eazy-E used to keep rolls of bills in his sock and licorice-Rizla-papered joints on the inside of his baseball cap. 5

444. Freddie Gibbs‘ name was inspired by character Tommy Gibbs in Blaxploitation film Black Ceasar.  (6:55 mark)

443. DJ Premier used to play guitar in church and alto sax in school.6

442. The original Higher Learning cast was supposed to include Tupac, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Juliette Lewis.7

441. RZA stated that he did not allow women into Wu-Tang‘s recording studios until 1997 because they were considered  a distraction.8


1. [http://www.complex.com/music/2012/03/interview-young-guru-talks-about-working-with-jay-z/12]
2. [http://allhiphop.com/2015/04/10/j-cole-finally-gets-his-college-degree/]
3. [http://www.complex.com/music/2014/12/lupe-fiasco-twitter-life-lessons/on-kick-push]
4. [http://www.vibe.com/2014/07/what-millennials-should-know-about-missy-elliott-supa-dupa-fly/]
5. [https://escobar300.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/the-last-days-of-eazy-erare-swindle-article/]
6. [https://books.google.com/books?id=9U1ABAAAQBAJ&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=e-40+marching+band&source=bl&ots=ZlZJSfx-yG&sig=ty8F9GgAVCegfCe3MapmSTw1WNE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDQQ6AEwA2oVChMI84mvxfS4xwIVhk6SCh3bJQal#v=onepage&q=e-40%20marching%20band&f=false]
7. [http://www.vibe.com/2011/11/oral-history-tupacs-acting-career-told-through-his-co-stars-and-producers-pt-2/]
8. [http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2010/08/raekwon-the-making-of-only-built-for-cuban-linx/6/]

Hip Hop News 5/19

Jay Z and Beyonce helped bail out various Baltimore & Ferguson protesters anonymously. (Read More)

The Game’s new dating show may get scrapped after camera crew felt unsafe when he pulled out a loaded gun during filming. (Read More)

A new Tupac film called 7 Dayz launched a crowdfunding campaign(Read More)

Rick Ross is being sued by a photographer for a Jay Z image. (Read More)

Scorpio called Grandmaster Flash “the Milli Vanilli of Hip Hop.” (Read More)


Spotify and Starbucks announced a multi-year music program to make “the barista the DJ.” (Read More)

DC Comics wants to block Rihanna‘s request to trademark the word Robyn because of Batman and Robin. (Read More)



Hip Hop News 5/14

Bill O’Reilly thinks Hip Hop is causing the decline of Christianity(Read More)

Suge Knight doesn’t want fragments of bullet meant for Tupac removed from head. (Read More)

Lil’ Kim announced her new reality television show. (Read More)

LA artist posts Tyga neighborhood watch signs near Kylie Jenner‘s home. (Read More)

Snoop Dogg will perform a new song on Nickelodeon‘s Sanjay and Craig. (Read More)


Random Hip Hop Facts Part 43

430. Kid Cudi‘s “Maniac” and “Marijuana” videos were directed by Shia Labeouf. 1

429.  Before he was president, Vic Mensa ran through Obama‘s backyard trying to escape the cops due to writing graffiti.2

428.  Big Sean started writing “Win Some or Lose Some” in 2012. (3:50 mark) 

427. Chance The Rapper got his Madonna collaboration after being recommended by Jay Z.  3

426.  ScHoolboy Q hates ketchup.4

425. Will Smith introduced Afeni Shakur and Voletta Wallace, Tupac and Biggie‘s moms, for the first time at the 1999 VMAs.5

424. Epic wanted Ghostface Killah to add two more verses to “Cherchez La Ghost.” 6 

423. Juvenile wanted to sign Young Buck to Cash Money, but had no interest in Lloyd Banks.7 

422. Action Bronson was once in a tampon commercial. (0:10 mark)

421. Prodigy and Havoc (of Mobb Deep) were introduced to each other in the lunchroom at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan when they were 15.8

1. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1666363/shia-labeouf-kid-cudi-maniac-video/]
2. [http://thesource.com/2015/04/22/watch-vic-mensas-interview-on-power-106/]
3. [http://www.mtv.com/news/2091049/chance-the-rapper-jay-z-madonna-frank-ocean-advice/]
4. [http://www.mtv.com/news/1894624/schoolboy-q-vma-artist-to-watch-video/]
5. [http://www.mtv.com/photos/mtv-video-music-awards-1999-highlights/1563697/2506740/photo/]
6. [http://watchloud.com/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-supreme-clientele/2/]
7. [http://watchloud.com/8-things-we-learned-about-juvenile-from-the-breakfast-club/3/]
8. [http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2013/07/mobb_deep_feature.php]

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 3/12

The tracklist for Kendrick Lamar‘s upcoming album, To Pimp a Butterfly, has been released.  (Read More)

Madonna on dating Tupac: “He got me all riled up about life in general.” (Read More)


Jay Z is now officially  the owner of Swedish music streaming company Tidal and WiMP. (Read More)

Kanye West receives a warning from Anonymous and drops his new lookbook. Rush Limbaugh believes he could have made the SAE song a hit.

Robin Thicke and Pharrell plan to appeal the $7.3 million “Blurred Lines” verdict. (Read More)


Mariah Carey signed a new deal with Epic Records. (Read More)

Suge Knight claims he’s legally blind in his left eye. (Read More)

Nicki Minaj disses IHOP on Twitter after company tweets Rae Sremmurd lyrics.

Hip Hop News 2/11

Kanye West says he won’t attend the Grammys until they fix the voting system and plans on working with Taylor Swift. (Read More)

Also, his Yeezys x adidas will debut will be screened in theaters across the nation and eventually be available to everyone.

Azealia Banks will cover Playboy next month.  (Read More)


20 of the kids in Snoop Dogg‘s Youth Football League have committed to D1 colleges. (Read More)

A$AP Rocky says the initials of his new album title are “A.L.L.A.”  and says he wants to have sex with Madonna.  (Read More)


Kendrick Lamar‘s “The Blacker the Berry” gets annotated by Pulitzer-winning author Michael Chabon(Read More)

Unearthed Tupac letters reveal names of potential shooters at Quad Studios. (Read More)

Jungle Brothers say a Native Tongues reunion is dependent on A Tribe Called Quest. (Read More)


Hip Hop News 2/4

Diddy is being accused of punching a man at a pre-Super Bowl party and police are investigating.  (Read More) 


Young Thug tells GQ he won’t buy a Jay Z CD because he is too old. (Read More)

Tupac‘s Grammy Museum exhibit has opened. (Read More)

Snoop‘s son, Cordell Broadus, has committed to attend UCLA next year and will be playing football with Diddy‘s son. (Read More)

Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill keep relationship rumors going with photos like this. (Read More)

A photo posted by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on

Wiz Khalifa on reconciling with Amber Rose: “No Thanks.” (Read More)


Big Boy is being sued by Emmis Communications for trying to leave Power 106. (Read More) 

Bun B will be teaching a free religion and Hip Hop culture course online. (Read More)