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.
Related: Sony/ATV Music Signs Krept & Konan
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.
Related: Logic Freestyles Over Bobby Shmurda’s ‘Hot Boy’
Notorious B.I.G. art by Mike Feeney.
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.
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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
Related: Listen to Doc Jnr’s Dr. Dre Mix
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.”
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