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Jay Electronica vs. Pete Rock & CL Smooth

Jay Electronica pretty much sonned Diddy earlier today, then throws more salt in the wound by dropping a cut called “The Shiny Suit Theory” featuring Jay-Z and Charlotte Gainsbourg The-Dream. [Spotted at You Heard That New] | Mediafire

Call me vintage but I prefer Pete Rock’s speedier take on the flip of the sample—”Ain’t Got the Love (Of the One Girl on My Mind)” by Philly Soul group The Ambassadors—for his and CL Smooth’s “I Got A Love” from 1994’s The Main Ingredient.

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Barry Michael Cooper X Sean John Combs

Yo, I am so jealous of Barry Michael Cooper for this four part, Sean John Combs: Once Upon a Time in America interview he has with Sean “I refuse to call him Diddy so I’ll stick with Puffy” Combs. Three parts totaling about 25 minutes [Cooper’s YouTube account says it’s a 4-parter so I guess he hasn’t posted the 4th part yet].

Journalists rarely, if ever, get this type of access with an artist on Diddy’s level nowadays. “What? Oh, it’s for a cover story? Ok, you’ll get 12 minutes instead of 5. Don’t go over, thanks.” Therefore the write either pulls a Frank Sinatra has a Cold type mission or works with what he can scrape together from the chit chat. Usually it’s the latter.

For those unaware, Barry Michael Cooper is an OG writer; a true pioneer in the Hip-Hop Journalism game. Via his writing in the Village Voice he is famously credited with coining the phrase New Jack Swing—word to Teddy Riley—and wrote the screenplay for New Jack City (no Bow Wow). Cooper also wrote the screenplays for Above the Rim and Sugar Hill, and recently directed BET’s American Gangster episode on the infamous Larry Davis. In the interview with Diddy Puffy he gets the mogul to speak on everything from whether he gets enough credit for his production and the concept behind Ready to Die to working with Mary J. Blige and changing the way we listened to Hip-Hop. (via Hooked on the American Dream)

Part 2 [Shout out to Willie Burgers on 145th]

Part 3 [Yes, B.I.G. did get head in the studio—no, it wasn’t Lil’ Kim]

March 10, 2009 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gumsole Beatdowns#1: Notorious B.I.G. X Al Green

I'm surprised you run with them...

I'm surprised you run with them...

stillinlovealgreenWhile the late Christopher Wallace’s flow was elastic enough to get busy over any groove, rocking over a flip of Al Green’s “I’m Glad You’re Mine” was so nice that B.I.G. did it twice on “I Got a Story to Tell” from Life After Death and “Dead Wrong” from the posthumous Born Again. The Al Green album, I’m Still in Love with You, that said sample originates from was released in 1972; yep, the same year Biggie was born. The heisted audio (you can listen to it below, but do yourself a favor and buy the entire album because it is vintage, baby-making music) isn’t too long—a sick rimshot that’s a couple of bars long, tops—but many a producer has gotten a good run from it. Here is Biggie’s double dose (not including “What’s Beef?”) as well as a few choice others handy for spreadin’ [Hip-Hop] love, the Brooklyn way. R.I.P. B.I.G.

Al Green “I’m Glad You’re Mine”

Notorious B.I.G. “I Got a Story to Tell”

An album cut that nevertheless gets heavy burn, “I Got A Story Tell” displays B.I.G.’s storytelling ability. Produced by DITC’s Buckwild with co-production credited to Chucky Thompson & Diddy [Note: find out what Buckwild thinks of that], the Rev Green’s drums are the tracks foundation as B.I.G. recounts a tale of infidelity turned to robbery.

Notorious B.I.G. “Dead Wrong” f/ Eminem

The lead single to B.I.G.’s Born Again album was produced by Chucky Thompson, Mario Winans & Diddy (guess they liked what Buckwild did with “I Got a Story to Tell”) and makes that illy rimshot a counterpoint to grizzly drums. The result is a greasy and booming tracks that makes B.I.G. dropping un-PC quotables like “japped her then I asked her who’s the man she said B.I.G., then I bust in here E.Y.E.,” almost acceptable. No Chris Brown.

BONUS BEATS

MC Lyte “Paper Thin”

This beat was so sick that on the Lyte As a Rock album that it appeared on you got to hear the entire instrumental run through after your favorite female MCs last verse. (Shout out to Big Ced.)


Eric B & Rakim “Mahogany”

It’s the R, and Eric. B, coolin’ at the Palladium (Note: I remember in the late 90’s seeing Jay-Z, rocking a du-rag, kick “22 Twos” in that infamous NYC nightclub. Mic Geronimo may have been the headliner. Times change, it’s now an NYU dorm). “Mahogany” is a winner from the Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em album and jacks Al Green’s track wholesale.


MORE BIG

Machine Gun Funk: Producers Remember B.I.G. [via Nod Factor]

A Dead B.I.G. is Better Than a Living Weezy! [via The Urban Daily]

Think Big [via XXLmag.com]

The Day Biggie Died (Rest in Peace/Live in War) [via Naked With Socks On]

Today Marks The 12th Anniversary of B.I.G.’s Death [via Real Talk NY]

DJ Drama & Cookin Soul Present: The Notorious BIG Tribute (Mixtape) [via Nah Right]

Big Don’t Fold [via Cocaine Blunts]

Wig Out (Puff Daddy) [via Rap Radar]

“Life After Death” The Mixtape Movie [via Notes from a Different Kitchen]

We’ll Always Love Big Poppa [via Combat Jack]

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Gumsole Beatdowns, Hip-Hop | , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments