The Notorious B.I.G.-My Downfall (Kensaye Remix)

Considered by most to be one of the greatest MCs in history, then selfishly refusing to make any more music due to being dead, Biggie is one of those artists whose vocals have been cut and pasted onto projects varying from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Here, French producer Kensaye manages to find something new to do with a BIG track, creating a hauntingly relaxed beat for the Life After Death classic. Kensaye himself explained his reason for making the track, saying: “Anyone that loves Hip-Hop today needs to pay dues to the King of Brooklyn. That’s why as an avid Hip Hop fan I remixed one of his tracks, opting for the more chilled and atmospheric approach.”

Does this stand out among the plethora of Biggie remixes? Let us know in the comments.

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Ready To Die Album Cover Baby All Grown Up!

The infamous baby who featured on the cover of Biggie’s classic Ready To Die album has finally been uncovered. It’s been long thought to be a complete mystery as to who the baby was, even Diddy (when recently questioned by Rap Radar) had no clue.

Actually crazy to see how old this guy is now, a timely reminder of how long ago one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time dropped.

You can read more about the kid’s (Keithroy Yearwood) story here.

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Rugged Man Remembers B.I.G.

I’m very much one of those (single) people who don’t particularly agree with Valentine’s Day. Not because I’m bitter (Trust me, I love being single); Simply because you have 364 other days a year (no leap year quips please) to tell someone you love them.

I’m all for having #BiggieDay as it serves ideal opportunity to educate the younger generation amongst us unfamiliar with his name and work. But just like Valentine’s Day, there are 364 other days to bump his shit. With that all said, 14 years and 1 day since his life was prematurely ended, here’s a video with R.A. talking about the man himself, the first time he met B.I.G. and the infamous Cunt Renaissance.


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Quick Throwback: The Notorious B.I.G.

To make up for a somewhat absent past few Throwback Thursdays, here’s a straight up classic for everyone to enjoy.

Undeniable charisma with lyrics to match. Biggie really was one of, if not the, G.O.A.T.

RIP Christopher Wallace.

Audio here.

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Shyne/Biggie/Bob Marley - Belize

New track by Shyne, which enlists the late greats Biggie & Bob Marley on the hook. Still trying to get used to Shyne’s new flow, but he has improved on those rather bewildering freestyles & remixes he released when he first came out of prison.

Shyne – Belize ft. The Notorious B.I.G. & Bob Marley

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Drake's Light Up: Cookin' Soul Remix

Those talented Cookin’ Soul boys are putting together a remixed version of Drake’s Thank Me Later, and you can thank us later for bringing you the first leak from it.

I’m really liking this. I did enjoy the original Light Up, and it’s one of the strongest tracks on Thank Me Later, so Cookin’ Soul would have to go some way to better that-and they have. Adding in a Biggie verse, they’ve also switched up the beat to fantastic effect, keeping the driving percussion of the original but supplementing it with much more on the melody front.

Definitely one for those of you that enjoyed the original and, surprisingly, one for the hip-hop heads too.

Drake-Light Up (Cookin’ Soul Remix) ft. Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G.

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The Notorious B.I.G.-Early Demo Recording

We have a treat for you: here is Biggie’s demo tape from before he was signed/became the legend we know him as today.

“This collection of Biggie Smalls demos and early freestyles paints an amazing picture of the emcee before the success of Ready to Die. It features all the demos Biggie did with DJ 50 Grand and Mr.Cee and then some. His amazing timing is already evident, but at this time also done over more uptempo production. Big thanks to whoever compiled this. Listening to these tracks Biggie Smalls remains the illest.”

Click here to download the demo.

We have many more of these coming up from some of your favourite artists, so keep your eyes peeled over the next month or so.

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Jay Electronica and Diddy-The Ghost of Christopher Wallace

Indi & Murray: start hyperventilating. One of the best alive pays tribute to one of the best ever. What a week for hip-hop music this has been.

The beat? Simple, raw, effective, will make your head bop.

The Diddy feature? Just adlibs and outro, thankfully.

The verses? Oh my word.

Edit (Notorious Indi): Yeah, I’ve now sufficiently recovered from listening to this track. Bringing this back to the top as we’ve just got the CD quality version of it – don’t say we don’t look out for you, grab it below..

Jay Electronica-The Ghost of Christopher Wallace ft. Diddy

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Sunday's Classic Collabo: Biggie & Bone Thugs

I’m surprised at myself for not featuring this song before, it’s tracks like this that inspired this feature of mine in the first place. Anyway, better late than never.

I’ve ended up writing a lot more than I intended to, so click on and get educated son.

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The Notorious B.I.G. vs. The xx. Wait, What?!

EDIT: Download link has been fixed.

This is not a Hate Is The New Love episode, but actually a mashup mixtape/album from newcomers Wait What. Beautifully appropriate name. Have a read of the press release for this project if you’ve got a minute or so, it’s interesting stuff.

I can’t even begin to describe my excitement at listening to this. I was put onto The xx’s debut album recently, and have had the whole thing in regular rotation for the best part of 6 weeks (a phenomenal album that I’d recommend to anyone!). Throw in some classic Biggie raps on top, and you’ve got both my attention and adulation.

It’s mind-fryingly eclectic stuff like this that this site is all about. Even if the tracks don’t end up being decent, I applaud this guy for the idea and creativity.

Wait What-the notorious xx (Biggie vs. The xx)

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 18

Who thinks Fat Joe is wack? Think again.

It is understandable to form this opinion for any artist who you have to overlook their past six efforts to see the diamond in the rough. Unfortunately Joe is within this category, an exemplified instance of ‘selling out’ via the popular medium of ‘ringtone rap’. However under the alias ‘Fat Joe da Gangsta’, Joe wasn’t always like this…

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Hate Is The New Love: Notorious B.I.G vs Jeru The Damaja

Having been AWOL (great AZ album btw) for the past week or so, what better way than to mark my return with a commonly overlooked beef between two of Brooklyn’s finest MCs.

Firstly, if you’re unfamiliar with the works of Jeru The Damaja then ensure you check my throwback before proceeding here.

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Sunday's Classic Collabo: Victory

Diddy made one of the most expensive music videos of all time in an attempt to do justice to this epic track. An outstanding motivational song which sadly Biggie wasn’t alive to be involved in the actual video itself. A real shame given the quality of his verses in this.

As always, if you haven’t got this already you can redeem yourself by clicking the red text below, I’ve also thrown in the 2004 remake of this song which features 50 cent and Lloyd Banks for good measure.

Victory ft. The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes

Victory 2004 ft. 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes

Edit: As requested here is another classic collabo by Puff Daddy/Diddy from the same album. Is This The End? ft. Ginuwine, Twista & Carl Thomas

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 11

OK, put your hands up if you know 50 Cent. No, not know him, I mean have heard of him. Yeah thought so. All of you. I think even my Mum knows who 50 is. If you don’t you must be a troglodyte.

Anyway, not all of you may know his history or, more importantly, his music before In Da Club.

After the click I’ve got all this exclusively for you. Plus, I’ve carefully handpicked 8 of his best pre-2000 work for your enjoyment.

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Sunday’s Classic Collabo: 2Pac and Biggie

We’ve all heard the Eminem produced track Runnin’ (Dying To Live) which features both 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. on the same track right? Well the verses of both rappers were taken by Eminem from a song that ‘Pac and Biggie actually collaborated on. Also featuring The Outlawz, the track itself has that chilled out old school vibe and I prefer it to Eminem’s version tbh. If you don’t have this track, you should definitely get it below right now, as anyone who loves hip hop should have this legendary collaboration in their collection.

Runnin’ (Original Version) ft. The Notorious B.I.G. and The Outlawz

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Biggie: “I thought I was the illest…”

I struggle to think of any other MC who gives me goose bumps like R.A. The Rugged Man. I don’t care if you don’t read any of my articles ever again but I beg you (I’m actually on my knees right now) to take ONE minute reading this and be prepared for it to change your perception of hip-hop forever. I had to drop this feature because I’m sick of people sleeping on such an unbelievable talent and someone who deserves success more than any other artist out there.

Think of R.A. as possessing the lyrical ability of Pun, L and G Rap combined; the street respect of Krs One; the mental disposition of Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the skin tone of Eminem. Yeah, R.A.’s white.

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 6

Many people first heard B.I.G. with his opening verse on Craig Mack’s Flava In Ya Ear Remix. However, over a year before his feature, he dropped his first solo track Party and Bullshit which surfaced on the Who’s The Man? Soundtrack in 1993.

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 4

Writing a review on Big Daddy is the hardest I’ve done and the hardest I will ever do. How do you possibly give someone with this much skill and credentials the props they deserve?

Well, plainly put, you don’t. But not only am I going to try, from now on in I’m introducing the BDK Rating system that will rate our throwbacks out of a maximum 5 BDK’s. It’s a bit like the Source’s five mic rating system. But better.

I love Big Daddy Kane. To me, he is what hip-hop is all about: Good, clean fun. And this week’s throwback typifies that. → Continue Reading

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Sunday's Classic Collabo: A Biggie Tribute

Three great tracks for you here from some of the biggest artists in Hip-Hop, all with 1 thing in common – a tribute to the late great Notorious B.I.G.

The tracks are all pretty different to each other, so they’re all definitely worth listening to. Click below to grab the tracks and don’t forget to comment and let us know which is your favourite. → Continue Reading

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