“It’s all Good Baby, Baby” 23 years later

 

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“And if you don’t know now you know.” Iconic lyrics and music like this came from the Big boy of Brooklyn, Christopher George Latore Wallace. On the twenty-third anniversary of the release of Ready to Die, we would like to reminisce on one of the most impactful bad boys. Born on May 21, 1972, it took him a little time to start getting into trouble with drugs and crime, but more importantly through his struggle he found a passion for music. Biggie signed to his first major label, Uptown Records in 1992, and Bad Boy in 1993, wasting no time climbing to the top. Biggie’s career was unfortunately cut short by fatal gunshot wounds. His legacy includes tracks with P.Diddy, Junior M.A.F.I.A., Lil Kim and even a former rival 2Pac, making attempts to squash the East Coast, West Coast tension previously heightened in their diss tracks. He left behind his wife, Faith Evans, and 2 kids.  Ready to Die featured tracks like “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” and “Suicidal Thoughts.” So today we listen, learn, and allow him to live on through the great music he left us 23 years ago. Take a listen!

Photo Credit: @artbymellow, Notorious B.I.G.

 

Kanye’s “Gone”…. Eight Years Later

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Eight years after the release of Late Registration, “Gone” is now just receiving its light.  “Gone,” off of Kanye West’s sophomore album debuts on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week at No. 18, after a YouTube video of a girl quitting her job went viral.

Marina Shifrin, who was a producer for New Media Animation, resigned her position through an interpretive dance video, in which she explains her resignation. (Peep the video on the bottom.)  Since then, not only has she’s received offers on jobs, including a staff position at The Queen Latifah Show.

According to Billboard, “Gone” concurrently debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 6 and Rap Songs at No. 4.  (Per Billboard policy, songs showing renewed activity past their initial release cycles are eligible to chart if ranking in the top half of the Hot 100 and genre hybrid rankings.)

No need for new rules huh?  Somethings are gone, but some will never be long “Gone.”

The Throwback: Lil Wayne – “Comfortable” ft. Babyface (Produced by Kanye West)

Back to back Wayne & ‘Ye. It doesn’t hurt to have Babyface on the hook either. Tha Carter 3 was Weezy’s most eventful album. I don’t think that feeling from him could ever be topped again.