Representing: BK and Harlem
Underground Tape: Live From Amsterdam
411: Shout-out to Cool Will C for sending us the link to this classic concert — who knows where he found this? We don't even know exactly where to point you to find this baby, but search the Net and it should pop up. Two undeniable MCs, Biggie and Big L, performing a concert in Amsterdam circa '95? You can't be serious. Hell yes, Christmas came early! Do we really need to give a huge explanation? Biggie and the whole M.A.F.I.A. doing their timeless cuts; Big L ripping the stage down solo until he brings out special guests Showbiz and A.G. — can we get a soul clap? (Also, we saw the film "Notorious." It's amazing! Everybody was on point, especially Gravy. You did Biggie and the Brooklyn right, Gravy!)
Joints To Check For
» "Who Shot Ya" by Notorious B.I.G. You can see and hear Biggie doing most of the big hits from the Ready to Die era — "Juicy," "Big Poppa," "Warning" — but you rarely get a chance to feel how he rocked "Who Shot Ya" live. Plus, it is your host, Shaheem Reid's, favorite Biggie song of all time.
» "Ebonics" by Big L. L was no studio MC — not only was he lyrically blessed, homie had the ability to take his words off of wax and articulate them with fire live. Let's face it, some of our favorite rappers are straight dookie at a show. L had crazy breath control, riffing, "Cocaine is nose candy/ Cigarettes is bones/ A radio is a box, a razor blade is a ox/ Fat diamonds is rocks and jakes is cop/ And if you got rubbed, you got stuck."
» "Day One" freestyle. L mixes lyrics we never heard with words we love — L fans, remember these rhymes? "What's this muthaf---in' rap game without L?/ Yo, that's like jewels without ice/ That's like China without rice/ Or the holy Bible without Christ/ Or the Bulls without Mike." True to the Harlem heavyweight's words, the game is missing something without him.
Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week
» The Empire and Lil Wayne - The Drought Is Over 6
» Tapemasters Inc and Jay-Z - My President Is Black
» DJ Whoo Kid and Cashis - Homeland Security
» Serius Jones - Serius Bizness
» Blood Raw - Pain Power And Promises
'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
» B.O.B. (featuring
» Chris Brown (featuring
» Freeway (featuring
The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground
Can somebody do something to impress Lil Wayne? Several weeks back, he told us that he loved the music that was out, but none of it really excited him, let alone pushed him to excel. Well, except one man: Kanye West.
"I'm on there. I already did a song on there," Weezy said with a smile about 'Ye's 808s & Heartbreak. Weezy, who appears on "See You in My Nightmares," was very excited about the release of the album, which dropped last Monday. This week, we'll sit back and wait to see how big the numbers will be.
" 'Ye is an innovator, so it's always a pleasure to be around someone so creative, because it drives you to be more or just as," Wayne said about working with West. ...
On a related note, "Louisianimal," a Wayne track that disses 50 Cent, leaked over the weekend. Wayne gives a big "F you" to "two quarters" on the record. Can't wait to see how that develops. Chances are, though, the song was never supposed to come out. It's a featured record on the new Empire mixtape The Drought Is Over Part Six: The Reincarnation.
50 goaded Wayne on several underground records months ago. Fif told MTV News that part of his reason for going at Wayne was Birdman Jr.'s high ranking on the controversial "Hottest MCs" list. But tensions seemed to ease recently. There had been talk of Wayne going on tour with G-Unit, and Tony Yayo confirmed that the two factions had been in personal contact and that everything was cool.
When it comes to Empire, well, Wayne has flat-out denounced him. Weezy has said that Empire steals his music and that the Drought Is Over series is definitely unsanctioned.
Fifth time's a charm.
"People got it twisted. Some people talk down on this culture like it's bad," he said. " 'Why are you doing little old mixtapes?' At this point, you gotta come back down to the ground level. That's where it's popping at. That's really what's happening. These are the real people out here that's supporting us. This is really what they want. The mixtapes never stopped. People still consume them if they bootlegging them, downloading online — people want them. The best way to talk to my fans is by putting out a mixtape."
Supporting his free product is awesome, but Cham says make sure you support his official LP Venom when it drops next year.
"It's scheduled to drop first quarter. I just dropped the first single, 'Creepin' (Solo)' — it's produced by
The division in Houston has traditionally been about personal squabbles, however,
"Everybody got deals," Thugger said. "It was good. They was signing everybody, but, at the same time, they kinda put salt in the game. They was separating us. It went from us being Houston to them trying to separate us. When I say 'them,' I mean the major labels. It's a lot of stuff y'all don't know about that made me hate major labels. I can do a verse for Cham and my people won't clear it to be on his album. Or I'll do something for
Well, Houston came together last Sunday during the "Best of Texas" concert at the Los Magnificos Car Show, and we were there. Check out some highlights here. In the words of Dave Chappelle acting as
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