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MUSIC WORLD: Rare Biggie Interview

Back in 1995, a UK TV show titled “Passengers” decided to profile then up-and-coming rapper, Notorious B.I.G. Fresh after the release of his debut album, Biggie takes the interviewers around his hood with some cameos from Lil’ Kim, Faith Evans, and his mom. Check it below.

Faith Evans on camera smoking weed and holding Biggie‘s gun. Voletta Wallace discredits his “Christmas never missed us” line from “Juicy.” Just chock full o’ gems.

 

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MUSIC WORLD: Celebrating “The Black Album” 10 Years Later

10 years ago, Jay-Z proclaimed that he was retiring from rap. He did so via his magnum opus The Black Album. Jay-Z ushered in an era of button ups and dismissed the era of tall tees and oversized throwbacks – pre “Suit & Tie.” This album contained excerpts from Shawn’s mom detailing his birth and upbringing, President Obama brushed dirt off his shoulders because of this album, and a well-received The Grey Album all came from this body of work.

My mother bought me the limited edition release of The Black Album. The entire case, CD (front and back), and packaging was blacked out. It was all black everything before Jay-Z proclaimed he “might wear black for a year straight.” My car got stolen (and returned) in  college and so did that CD. I guess the thieves knew the value of that album, to me and to hip-hop. If you don’t own the documentary detailing what Jay-Z thought would be his final solo album and it’s subsequent concert dates, I feel bad for you son. Fade to Black is easily one of the best concert films I’ve ever seen and I still find myself watching it on a lazy Saturday. Catch one of my favorite clips featuring Kanye, below.

The Black Album was equally traditional and groundbreaking. It had pop singles that got radio spins [Change Clothes, 99 Problems] without sacrificing lyricism. Jay-Z has navigated that lane better than any other modern rap artist.After eight studio albums, the best rapper of the past decade told us all he was throwing in the towel. So we scooped up the album, went to see him on tour, and purchased the documentary. We all know now he would go on to release 5 more albums including a collaborative album with Kanye West. But it’s okay, because at that time, we all believed and wanted to believe that this was his final piece of work. I was left wondering how I would function when my favorite rapper “no longer exists.” This album was stadium music before rappers were making stadium music. So press play and fall in love again, or for the first time.

MUSIC WORLD: Sampha’s “Too Much” Sans Drake

I’m still working on my review of Em‘s latest album. So to distract you from my tardiness, I’m giving you a treat. Everyone likes treats. Sampha (singer featured on Drake’s song “Too Much,” among others) has released an acoustic and Drake-less video of “Too Much.” Enjoy it below.

The earthiness of his vocals makes me feel like I’m drinking hot cocoa cuddled up with one of my boos waxing poetic about the affordable care act and pondering a gluten-free diet.

TAKE IT BACK TUESDAY: Mya x Dru Hill “It’s All About Me”

My young ratchet ass (before it was known as ratchet), used to loooove Mya songs and their grown up themes. I’m sure she was all of 15 or 16 when singing these songs making me about 12. But you couldn’t tell me that I wasn’t fed up cooking dinner and washing clothes for my imaginary boyfriend. This week’s Take it Back Tuesday is dedicated to “It’s All About Me” featuring Sisqo Dru Hill.

I’m pretty sure she’s part of the reason I got my nose pierced as an adult. And remember when every light skinned girl thought she was Mya with the “Chinese “outfits and chopsticks in their hair? Ah… the good ol’ days.

VIDEO WORLD: Rihanna “Pour It Up”

Though Unapologetic dropped almost a year ago and the remix failed to gain any buzz, Rihanna finally released her visual to “Pour It Up.” It’s a little late, but if you want to see Rihanna on a pole (and who doesn’t?), check it out below.

Still think Rihanna should’ve pushed “Loveeeee Song” with Future. But we know that’s Ciara’s boo and…. Yeah.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Pusha T “King Push”

Pusha T has released the visual for the opening track of his solo debut. “King Push” finds Pusha T reveling in his (previous?) lifestyle through carefully constructed wordplay. Check the visual below. I’m DONDA had hands all in this.

Pusha‘s debut album My Name is My Name releases October 8th. You interested? I am!

VIDEO WORLD: Drake “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

Just like he promised, Drake has released the visual for “Hold On, We’re Going Home” today. Drake flexes his acting chops and flashes back to a time when things were simpler. Check it below.

The video supports Drake’s album, Nothing Was The Same which leaked last week hit store today!