Watch the Trailer for Diddy’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story Documentary

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Premiering on Apple Music on June 25th.

Previously: Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G – The King & I (Album Stream)

Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G – The King & I (Album Stream)

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Faith Evans takes a stab at the album she never got to make with her late husband on The King & I, a collection of tracks featuring repurposed Biggie lyrics and new contributions from Faith, Lil Cease, Snoop Dogg and Voletta Wallace. Some of these songs are kind of unfortunate, but on the other hand, we did get a couple of fire verses out of Sheek Louch and Styles P, so there’s that. Between this and Puff’s ill-advised 2005 Duets album, you would hope this would be the last Big redux project that sees the light of day, but I wouldn’t put anything past anybody.

Listen below.

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15 Classic Biggie Smalls Live Performances

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

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Words by Daniel Isenberg

The Notorious B.I.G. is often remembered for his short but potent discography. Both Ready To Die and Life After Death are certified classics, as is pretty much every verse he ever laid to wax. But let’s be clear—Biggie was an incredible live performer, too. For an MC of his size and stature, he had top-notch breath control and an unparalleled stage presence. And whether he was wearing a Hawaiian shirt, a Coogi sweater, a butter soft leather or a tuxedo, his style was always on point.

Rather than wait until the anniversary of Biggie’s death on March 9th, we thought we’d set the month off by celebrating his life and music right now with our latest Video Vault featuring 15 Classic Biggie Smalls Live Performances. From the streets of Brooklyn to the stages of London, and with appearances by everyone (Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Method Man, Nas, Jay Z, Puff, Lil’ Kim, etc), this is a collection of live B.I.G. clips that we all should cherish every day of the year.

#RIPBIG

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Mixtape Memories: A Dozen Classic Artist Mixtapes For Your Labor Day Weekend Listening Pleasure

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Sometimes I find some stuff on the Internet that’s so lit I can’t bring myself to share it with everyone. I might tell a few close homies about it, but otherwise, nah—it’s too good to tweet about. Well my dog DJ E-Feezy, who is the man behind one of the greatest mixtape Blogspots in history—RecogTheReal—started a Soundcloud page earlier this year, and holy shit he’s been loading it more and more every week with nothing but mixtape classics. Craziness! And they’re all available for free download, too. Plus I like how he’s formatted them to be one long stream, so you can just press play and let them ride without having mad individual tracks clog up your iTunes. So if you want individual gems, go peep our Twelve Jewelz series. But this here right here is for the true mixtape heads who want that full, uncut raw.

With so much material on E-Feezy’s page to enjoy—from compilation mixtapes to vintage NYC underground radio show recordings to instrumental butters—I thought it might be fun for our latest Mixtape Memories feature to sift through his stash and highlight a dozen classic artist mixtapes that you can enjoy this Labor Day Weekend. Some of these were compiled by DJs without the artist’s involvement, some were collaborative efforts, and some are “Best of” style. But one thing they all have in common is simple—fire. Read/stream/download below, and big shout to the homie DJ E-Feezy from RecogTheReal for his dedication to the culture!

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Diggin’ In The Crates: Twelve Jewelz (Volume 7)

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Okay, hip-hop heads in the house. It’s time for a brand new batch of Twelve Jewelz. We’re on Volume 7, son! I’m excited, hope you are too. This week, we’ve got more B-Sides, remixes, radio freestyles, original versions, unreleased gems, and mixtape rarities, all from the ‘90s and early 2000s (except one special one from 2007). And I threw a bonus in too, because that’s how I do. So like we always do at this time, hit the jump to read and stream, and make sure you don’t miss the link to download all Twelve Jewelz at the bottom. Let’s get it.

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NahRight x UpNorthTrips Present: Memory Lane, a Digital Museum of Mobb Deep’s The Infamous

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara) with additional reporting from Evan Auerbach (@UpNorthTrips)

Mobb Deep were legends far before anything they created touched wax. The two met each other in high school when a young Prodigy witnessed his eventual rap partner fighting a kid twice his size in the school yard. Outmatched by size and the fact that his nemesis had a knife, Havoc dipped every swing and eventually won the bout. There was no such thing as Mobb Deep back then. Poetical Prophets didn’t even exist. It was just Albert and Kejuan. At the time, P was perusing a solo career but that quickly changed after meeting Hav. All connections he made and access to free studio time disolved once potential labels found out that any ink-to-contract came with also signing a then unknown lyrical accomplice.

The duo would eventually land on 4th & Broadway in 1992 and release their debut Juvenile Hell album a year later. The project was widely regarded as a flop and Mobb Deep was dropped from their first label later that year. Only 17 at the time, each have admitted in retrospect that their immaturity and work ethic weren’t all the way there when recording their first LP. Luckily, they would have a second chance. That re-up would be The Infamous.

The Mobb’s sophomore effort developed in a manner similar to their own childhood. It was cultivated in the cramped confides of Hav’s childhood home in building 41-15 and later brought to the studio for further development. Q-Tip, who originally helped Mobb Deep obtain their first deal with the Def Jam offshoot label, would become one of The Infamous’ masterminds. Every scratchy sample spawned by Havoc’s MPC 16 and every cold-blooded verse from Prodigy’s barbarous delivery was amplified by the A Tribe Called Quest producer. He, along with the Mobb, put together one of the darkest albums the genre has ever seen and arguably the best sonic representation of the place they called home.

The Infamous was released on April 25, 1995 but it was a body of work that represented the short lived triumphs and struggles Mobb Deep had faced since officially joining forces in 1991. It was the cultivation of learned lessons both musically and in life during the four years previous. The album represented the transition from a written off, immature duo to the makings of what would become one of hip-hop music’s preeminent groups. NahRight recently spoke to numerous key players involved in crafting The Infamous, including P and Hav. To best understand the album, where it came from and the people who made it what it was, we also gathered photos and key audio to accompany stories about its formation and lasting impact. Or a trip down “Memory Lane,” as Nas would put it.

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United Crates x Shout Out New York Present: Big Blends (Mixtape)

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

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In honor of today’s 20th Anniversary of Ready to Die, The Vinylcologist has put together a special mix comprised of instrumentals from both the OG and 2004 remastered edition of Big’s classic debut blended with notable Rap and R&B acapellas from the era. Some of these artists worked with Big during his brief career, while others never had the chance to, but I think you’ll find that they all blend together seamlessly and capture the essence of the era that Big dominated perfectly.

Stream below and Rest in Power Christopher Wallace!

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Mister Cee’s Notorious Big Birthday Mix

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Christopher Wallace would have been 42 years old today. Mister Cee paid tribute to his late friend this afternoon on his Throwback at Noon mix. Listen below.

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Video: Jadakiss Interview w/ Invasion Radio

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Kiss pays longtime homie Green Lantern & Boss Lady a visit to talk about Top 5 Dead or Alive, his musical preference in 2013 (the Chief Keefs vs. the Gnozs), talks about Biggie’s studio sessions and passing down music to his son.

Previously: Jadakiss on Juan Epstein | Rick Ross ft. Jadakiss – Oil Money Gang (Video)

Video: T’yanna Wallace Visits Bed-Stuy

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Biggie’s daughter T’yanna Wallace visits her father’s old neighborhood with Sharon Carpenter for Global Grind.

Previously: Biggie’s Autopsy Report Released to Public