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Blaze Magazine – The 50 Greatest MCs Ever!

Blaze Magazine (February 1999)

The late Blaze Magazine’s 50 Greatest MC’s list. Their Top 5, Dead or Alive, pre-millenium:

  1. Rakim
  2. KRS-1
  3. The Notorious B.I.G.
  4. Big Daddy Kane
  5. LL Cool J

No Eminem (it was 1999) and my personal fav, no Ghostface (pre-Supreme Clientele).

I distinctly remember feeling a ways when this issue dropped that neither Guru (RIP) nor Black Thought made the cut. And Pharaohe Monche should never be last on any MC list. The rest of the field after the vid (courtesy of Moblito’s, because I damn sure was not about to type all those names out.).

6.Kool G Rap

7.Tupac

8.Slick Rick

9.Jay Z

10.Ice Cube

11.Grandmaster Caz

12.Chuck D

13.Run

14.Melle Mel

15.Nas

16.Too Short

17.Kurtis Blow

18.Posdnous

19.Kool Moe Dee

20.Redman

21.Lauryn Hill

22.Scarface

23.DMC

24.Busy Bee

25.Q-Tip

26.Common

27.Raekwon

28.Gza

29.The DOC

30.Kool Keith

31.Ice T

32.Treach

33.Dre (OutKast)

34.Doug E. Fresh

35.Grand Puba

36.Method Man

37.Snoop Dogg

38.Fresh Prince

39.Cee-Lo

40.Eazy E

41.MC Lyte

42.Busta Rhymes

43.E-40

44.Biz Markie

45.Ras Kass

46.Schooly D

47.Queen Latifah

48.Lord Finesse

49.MC Ren

50.Pharoahe Monch

July 16, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, Scans | , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

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