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In honor of 2Pac’s birthday today, Angie dug up one of her first major interviews, an interview with 2Pac. She flew out to L.A. to record it at his crib.
She’s never played the interview in its entirety because of the interview’s “rawness.” Which you’ll hear in this previously-unreleased clip of Pac speaking on the difference between women and bitches.
Taken from an interview BDK did, along with dozens of other legends, for the book “How To Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC”.. which is more of a required history lesson than a how-to for dummies.
BDK tells the author that in the golden age, a freestyle was a rhyme you wrote. It was “free” of “style” in the sense of subject matter. As in not a story about a girl, poverty, etc. Off the dome freestyles we’re just playing around on the corner to see who’d mess up first. He also says when you look at the greatest lyricists, they wrote their rhymes.
He doesn’t address rappers using the instrumental-of-the-month and calling it a freestyle. Which seems to bother some people, but not me. It’s definitely not the first word to have changed meaning throughout history.
DJ 50 Grand & Mister Cee tell the story of the Biggie’s demo.
“One day, D-Roc said, ‘Yo, 50, I got this guy. I want you to be his DJ. He’s nice,’ ” Grand remembered. “I said, ‘Bring him through.’ Took him to the basement. We did three demos that first day I met him. Passed it on to Mister Cee. That was it. He skyrocketed after that.”
Those rough recordings would eventually land Big on the road to stardom.
” ‘Microphone Murderer‘ is the main demo song,” Cee said. “It’s the demo that I took to Matty C from The Source magazine for the ‘Unsigned Hype’ article. Diddy heard about The Source magazine ‘Unsigned Hype’ situation. So the ‘Microphone Murderer’ was the demo song Puff heard and got him signed. Besides ‘Microphone Murderer,’ the demo tape had ‘Guaranteed Raw,’ ‘Live in Action’ and another song called ‘Love No Hoe.’ And when we say demo, it wasn’t a four-track. It was just 50 DJing on two records in his crib.”
Shouts to Johnny Caldeco.
The LA Leakers have put together this Cypress Hill “audio biography” of their classics mixed in with a few exclusives from their upcoming 8th album, Rise Up (due April 6th.)
Download/tracklist after the jump.
DJ Premier took over this week’s Toca Tuesday to remember Big L.
Bobitto, A.G., Diamond D, Kid Capri, Buckwild, Big L’s brother Big Don, Jewlz (director of Big L Documentary), Rondell & Al Lindstrom all shared their memories.
Props to the (unofficial) DJ Premier Blog
Tuesday night Raekwon took over DJ Skee’s popular XM Sirius show “Live From LA.” During the broadcast, Raekwon took it back in time with classics mixed along side exclusives and some of today’s hits. True hip-hop fans enjoyed and others had the chance to catch up!
Rough tracklist after the jump.
2DopeBoyz.com & Director Court Dunn present the premiere installment of “VERSES”, an acapella music video series where your favorite MCs drop a verse from their favorite MCs.
Dunn: “When asked which verse he wanted to drop for the series premiere, Styles P said nothing more than ‘Who else? B.I.G.’.” We’re proud to bring you Episode #1: Styles P vs. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Niggas Bleed”. Stay tuned, we’ve got more VERSES on the way…
The Green Ghost Project drops Feb 2, 2010.