Jay-Z has beaten out the Notorious B.I.G. for Time Out New York’s ”50 Greatest NYC Hip-Hop Artists” list. Hovito won the honor thanks to his genre-bending collaborations, and for being the best at enduring “the day-in, day-out shift of the modern rap era.” According to their website, Jay “filled the void created with Christopher Wallace’s death with gold-standard-setting LPs like 1998′s Vol. 2 … Hard Knock Life, 1999′s Vol 3… Life and Times of S. Carter and 2001′s The Blueprint.” The list features a host of old school rap figures like Kool Herc (No. 47), Digable Planets (No. 36), and Big Daddy Kane (No. 11), plus the newbies, including Nicki Minaj (No. 35) and A$AP Rocky (No. 39). Rakim’s lyrical expertise helped him crack the Top 15, and Sean “Diddy” Combs landed at No. 7. “Combs made his greatest impact on hip-hop with his entrepreneurial skill as the magnate behind Bad Boy,” the story reads. “The template for every would-be empire builder who followed in his wake (not to mention the master of the original Harlem Shake).”
As expected, the list is causing controversy among readers. “While lists are ALWAYS subjective, and NO list can or should be argued, it’s pretty clear that this list is more arbitrary than carefully constructed,” commented one reader. “It’s a great list that pays tribute to a great history of artistry from our area, but it is not fully accurate, nor properly indicative of a true hierarchy, and should not have been presented as such.” Another person debated Jay-Z’s placement.”This is what happens when people who don’t understand real rap and just look at charts and sales do ‘rap’ list they pick the most popular person,” the reader wrote. “Nas is No.1 and Big is No. 2 Jay-z is third at best knock it off.” Making the process interactive, TONY allowed select rappers to nominate their favorite MCs, and encourages readers to share their thoughts via their Twitter page.
Lord Finesse gives Fuse a look at his immense collection of records, talks Biggie and “Suicidal Thoughts.”
Notorious B.I.G.’s “Suicidal Thoughts” may arguably be one of the most prominent tracks on the late rapper’s debut album, Ready To Die, but according to Lord Finesse, he was a little leery of what Biggie had in store for the beat which he produced. During Fuse’s Crate Diggers segment, Lord Finesse shared the details of his interactions with Biggie and the initial shock he felt after being informed that his beat was used on Ready To Die’s closing song, “Suicidal Thoughts.” “When I heard this dude, it started with the ‘Party & Bullshit’ remix. When I had a chance to really hear this dude flow I knew he was exceptional then. Just his flow, ’cause it just bounced all over and it came back on beat. I’m playing him beats and he picks this just God-forsaken, don’t-let-me-catch-you-in-the-alley beat. I’m like, ‘What you gonna do with that?’…As a producer I don’t wanna just sell you a beat to make a dollar. I want to make sure you gonna do something incredible with it and I never heard the record until it came out. And when I heard it it was just like crazy. I just remember somebody telling me ‘Yo, your joint made the album’…It actually closes the album. I was shocked.” Later in the interview, Lord Finesse went on to speak on his collection of about 10,000 records, a collection that he says has been referred to as the “low-fat collection” due to the accuracy of his various records. Lord Finesse made headlines last year after suing rapper Mac Miller over “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza,”featured on the Rostrum Records artist’s K.I.D.S. mixtape. A settlement was reached in the lawsuit earlier this month.
Faith Evans, otherwise known as my spirit animal, stopped by “The Wendy Williams Show” this morning to talk about her TV One reality series, “R&B Divas,” and her most recent album, “Faith Evans: R&B Divas.” Faith was also asked about her son with the late Notorious B.I.G. and during their exchange, Faith noted just how much Biggie and his son have in common. Plus, harkening back to her days doing “The Wendy Williams Experience,” Wendy took Faye back a bit to prompt her about whether or not she still has any ill feelings towards Lil’ Kim.
Sharon Carpenter had the opportunity to sit down for an exclusive interview with the hip hop legend’s eldest child – her first in-depth interview ever — where she takes the focus away from her father’s death to celebrate his life and finally allows us the chance to get to know the person T’yanna Wallace has become.
From Gucci Mane’s lighting ice cream to Lil Wayne’srecent skateboard-inspired ink, there are a host of memorable tattoos in Hip Hop. Now, in a recent article from MTV, it looks like the daughter of one Hip Hop titan got a special tattoo to commemorate her father’s legacy. T’yanna Wallace, the eldest daughter of the lateNotorious B.I.G., recently took to Instagram to show off her new lip tattoo honoring her father.
This isn’t T’yanna’s first tattoo commemorating her father’s illustrious Hip Hop career. Last year, she also got a tattoo of Biggie posed as an angel on her shoulder. The picture of the new tat can be seen below.