Emerging Toronto DJ/producer Lincoln Baio has given The Notorious B.I.G.‘s timeless anthem “Hypnotize” a dancehall twist. His 102 BPM rework adds new drums and samples while keeping much of the original track intact.
Preview the remix below and download it exclusively on DJcity.
Genius’ Deconstructed series focuses on recent tracks, but occasionally it breaks down classics.
On the latest episode, Deconstructed sits down with legendary producer Buckwild to discuss the making of The Notorious B.I.G.‘s “I Got a Story to Tell.” The track, which was released in 1997, appears on the rapper’s second and final studio album, Life After Death.
A member of the D.I.T.C. crew, Buckwild is best known for producing hip-hop classics like Black Rob’s “Woah!,” Big L’s “Put It On,” O.C.’s “Time’s Up,” and Organized Konfusion’s “Stress.”
On the episode, Buck says that Biggie liked his productions, but didn’t think Buck had any tracks that worked for him. “It’s like basketball when they say you can’t hit a jump shot, you go back in the gym and keep shooting,” Buck says.
Eventually, the Bronx producer sent him a beat tape which included the instrumental for “I Got a Story to Tell.” The rest was history.
On the 20th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death, Power 106‘s Wax Only series is back with a new episode to commemorate his debut album, Ready to Die.
Wax Only is a series that showcases samples used on classic hip-hop albums. It’s hosted by Power 106’s Production Director, Vin Rican.
Ready to Die was Biggie’s only studio album to be released during his lifetime. It featured the singles “Juicy,” “Big Poppa,” and “One More Chance,” and sampled artists like Dr. Dre, James Brown, and The Isley Brothers, and Mtume. Released on Bad Boy Records, the album reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified quadruple platinum in 1999.
Watch above to see Vinny go through the samples from the album.
Emerging producer Arona Mane has returned with a new groover just in time for pool season. Clocking in at 110 BPM, “Loungin” combines rhythmic nu disco-style production with samples of The Notorious B.I.G. and Royce da 5’9. Stream it below and download it on DJcity.
Following Puff Daddy & the Family’s performance at the BET Awards, Hot Damage has dropped a twerk remix of “It’s All About the Benjamins.”
The original version, which was released 17 years ago and hit number one, is a staple in many throwback sets. Hot Damage’s 100 BPM rework makes it playable in the peak time, though, thanks to new drums and a festival friendly drop.
Rising hip-hop duo Krept & Konan stopped by BBC Radio 1Xtra this week and covered The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” with a live band.
Though they’ve been a group since 2009, it wasn’t until their Jeremih-assisted single “Freak of the Week” that the London rappers really took off. The dancehall-influenced song, which features production from DJ Mustard, was the second most-downloaded track in May on DJcity, and in June they signed a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK.
Watch their performance above, and grab “Freak of the Week” and its remixes on DJcity.
Los Angeles radio host Big Boy launched his new show on Real 92.3 this morning and the one and only Kendrick Lamar dropped a freestyle. Watch above as K-Dot goes in with three classic Notorious B.I.G. instrumentals to commemorate the legendary rapper’s passing.
We’re celebrating The Notorious B.I.G.’s today with an excellent mix from Doc Jnr. The London DJ is known for his “Doc-umentary” series, which features the biggest and best tracks by influential hip-hop and R&B artists. R.I.P. Biggie.
2. The Notorious B.I.G. – Warning
3. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Method Man – The What
4. Total ft. The Notorious B.I.G. – Can’t You See
5. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ten Crack Commandments
6. Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G. – Playaz Anthem
7. The Notorious B.I.G. – Long Kiss Goodnight
8. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. R. Kelly – Lovin You Tonight
9. Craig Mack ft. The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, LL Cool J, Rampage, & Busta Rhymes – Flava in Ya Ear
10. The Notorious B.I.G. – Respect
11. The Notorious B.I.G. – Kick In The Door
12. The Notorious B.I.G. – Unbelievable
13. Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G. – Get Money
14. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. 112 – Sky’s The Limit
15. The Notorious B.I.G. – One More Chance
16. The Notorious B.I.G. – Things Done Changed
17. The Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya?
18. The Notorious B.I.G. – Story To Tell
19. The Notorious B.I.G. – Gimmie The Loot
20. The Notorious B.I.G. – Hypnotize
21. The Notorious B.I.G. – Machine Gun Funk
22. The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
23. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. JAY Z and Angela Winbush – I Love The Dough
24. The Notorious B.I.G. – Goin Back To Cali
25. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Puff Daddy and Mase – Mo Money Mo Problems
26. The Notorious B.I.G. – Can I Get Witcha
27. The Notorious B.I.G. – Nasty Boy
28. The Notorious B.I.G. – What’s Beef
29. The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – Notorious Thugs
30. The Notorious B.I.G. – Hold Ya Head
31. The Notorious B.I.G. – Somebody’s Gotta Die
32. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
33. The Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa
34. The Notorious B.I.G. – Playa Hater
Legendary funk and soul artist James Mtume reflects on his 1983 hit “Juicy Fruit” in a new video from Red Bull Music. The song was sampled for The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” in 1994 and is still considered a classic to this day.
“I didn’t quantize it — I didn’t want it to be even. Quantizing that beat would’ve been sterile. I wanted to feel like a human being playing it.”
In the second half of the video, DJ Evil Dee (Black Moon, Da Beatminerz) makes his own version of “Juicy Fruit” with the SP-1200 drum machine and sampler. The Brooklyn-based DJ/producer also reflects on hearing “Juicy Fruit” for the first time:
“I spun ‘Juicy Fruit’ at various parties and it was just tearing parties down. It was destined for somebody to rhyme on it.”