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The Source has been holding out on us…Check out the footage of Biggie’s performance during the 1995 Source Awards that they’ve finally released. In the video see B.I.G. run through his hits and see cameos by by Bad Boy’s Craig Mack, Puff Daddy, Total, Junoir Mafia, Lil’ Kim & Faith Evans.
Classic!!!! RIP Frank White!!
Props: The Source
TIME magazine has placed Raekwon’s critically acclaimed album “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II” on it Top 10 Albums of 2009. That’s a really good look for Hip-Hop & HUGE for Rae. Rae’s opus was the only Hip-Hop entry on the list and Time ranked it #7. Props!!
The sequel to Raekwon’s much loved 1995 solo debut picks up as if no time has passed. He’s still rhyming about cocaine deals, hustlers and urban menace — which makes for an elevated degree of difficulty, since a song about the production of crack (“Pyrex Vision”) should be not only impotent in 2009, but deservedly so. The reason it works, like all of Cuban Linx, Pt 2, is that Raekwon is a poet of grime, a storyteller who understands that rap is less about an easy hook than the collision of carefully chosen words. He’s also a melancholic who prefers replaying the circumstances of growing up in hell (“All my life around drug niggas, villains who want millions/ Niggas with them hoodies on with Teks in the building”) to celebrating the trappings of success. With production from nearly every top name in hip-hop, it’s a spooky and sad monograph — not lovable, but quite powerful.
Raekwon reacts to the honor:
Check out J. Cole & Wale making a “refuel” stop while out on the road during the ’09 BP3 tour:
While waiting for food in a Denny’s Restaurant in Champagne, IL, Wale and J.Cole spit a quick freestyle off the dome.