By Fake Shore Drive for Complex.
It’s March 9, 2012 i.e. the 15th anniversary of Biggie’s murder. Yesterday Andrew Barber of Fake Shore Drive fame put together this list of his 50 Best Songs. Play them all at a loud volume for the remainder of the day.
Biggie Smalls is the illest. It’s hard to believe nearly 15 years have passed since The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in the streets of Los Angeles. While his murder remains officially unsolved, the presence and influence of the man born Christopher Wallace still looms large over hip-hop.
The game has changed significantly since Big’s passing. His career was born in a largely offline world. There was no blogosphere to build him up and later tear him down, no social networks to annoyingly promote his material—or let him embarrass himself. Big did it the old-fashioned way: word of mouth, radio spins, flossy videos, and a whole lot of talent.
Rising rapidly to the top of hip-hop’s food chain, he was multi-platinum by the time most rappers today are getting their first blog posts. Looking back, Big was incredibly mature and successful for a young 20-something who’d spent such a short time in the limelight.
Philly, I did this for you, and there’s more on the way. This should hold you over for the time being, though.
For more than three decades, the Philadelphia hip-hop scene has been all over the place. Rapper and radio personality Lady B set things off in 1979 with her show on WHAT FM and her groundbreaking single “To The Beat Y’all.” Schooly D put the world on to gangsta rap in the mid-80’s, while the Fresh Prince brought rap’s first Grammy back to Philly with DJ Jazzy Jeff long before “Will Smith” became a household name.
Since 1987 The Roots have evolved from critically-acclaimed underground kings to the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Beanie Sigel, Freeway and the rest of State Property rocketed to fame when Roc-A-Fella ruled Philly during the late ’90s and early-aughts. And Cassidy made some big moves before being sidelined by a murder case and a serious car crash.
Many artists have come and gone since, yet none of them have truly been able make a lasting mark on the game. However, a new Rocky emerged last year when Meek Mill broke out, becoming one of hip-hop’s biggest rising stars. On the heels of Meek’s success, rap is hungry for more talent from the “new Iraq.”
After a stop in Chicago, Complex decided to take a trip down 95 South and the New Jersey Turnpike to find 10 New Philadelphia Rappers to Watch Out For this year. Listed in alphabetical order, you’ll find a few dudes who embody the typical Philly sound, and others that win by deviating from it. So here we go, all the way live from the 215….
Link: 10 New Philadelphia Rappers To Watch Out For
Kurt Cobain would’ve been 45 yesterday. Nirvana only made three studio albums before his suicide in 1994, but they had a ton of unreleased shit. Pigeons & Planes combed through their entire catalog to put together this list of their 50 best songs. On a random side note, people really forget that Dave Grohl was in Nirvana…..
…have fun with this list.
In honor of her 24th, Brad put this little piece together, highlighting Robyn’s propensity for risqué lyrics. All of that, just in time for that remix of “Birthday Cake.” Somebody needs to put this jawn under the table and throw dirty clothes on her for talking that “I’ma make you my bitch” shit.
The way we see it, there are two types of substance-abuse scenes: ones that merely show people on drugs, and others that make you feel like you, the viewer, are the one on drugs.
Agreed, but they forgot one (IMO)……
I was prepared to post my Top 15 list earlier in the week, but things like this came along and fucked me all the way up in the game.
AskMen.com recently released their Top 99 Women of 2011 List, and Blake Lively came out on top. Pun intended. I always thought she was attractive, but preferred her Gossip Girl co-star Leighton Meester. But the picture above, and a lot of recent photos that I’ve seen of her have forced me to question my decision. Maybe it’s that cleavage, which is top notch. If forced to choose, I’d most likely pick both of them, but Blake Lively’s definitely on the come up. AskMen agrees.
I will always find an excuse to share a list of women with the world. I like a lot of the girls on this list, but there’s only one that matters. She may not be on the list, but I don’t give a fuck.
Random: I’ve always thought Mila Kunis was attractive, but her work in Black Swan has forced me to look at her in a different light. Jackie who?