Yesterday we remembered the tragic murder of Christopher Wallace, better know to many of us 90s-era teenagers as The Notorious B.I.G. Biggie left a lyrical and musical legacy that’s still matched by few and quoted by many, and having only release two albums during his short 24 years. There are far too many classic songs by B.I.G. to include in this post alone: “Party & Bullsh*t”, “Everyday Struggle”, “The What”, “Unbelieveable”, “Warning”, “Mo Money Mo Problems”, “Kick In The Door”, the list goes on and on. And sadly, that voice was taken away from us inching closer to 20 years now. Not only that, we’ll soon be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the release of Ready To Die, the seminal and essential debut album from Big. But one of the things I’ve always found so cool is that a song that Big was featured on sampled some very progressive, avant garde jazz from Herbie Hancock, hence the reason for this post! The 1993 song “Dolly My Baby” by Dancehall artist Supercat, featuring a young Biggie and Puffy rhyming over the track int he infancy of the Bad Boy era, samples Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” from the 1973 jazz fusion album Headhunters. And while the former is a gritty pounding early 90s Hip Hop classic kissed with just enough Reggae flavor to appeal to the two different genres, the latter is a classic funk-jazz hybrid that opened up a whole new world for Herbie Hancock after he had been part of Miles Davis’ ensemble for so long. Biggie’s verse on “Dolly My Baby” is playful, rugged and unkempt, but also would give a glimpse into the harsh yet clever and intricate lyrics that would make Ready To Die one of the signature albums of 1990s Hip Hop. Check out both songs below!
It’s that time once again…time for the Forbes magazine annual list of the 20 richest emcees/artists in the Hip Hop game. Topping the list this year is Dr. Dre with his staggeringly profitable venture with Jimmy Iovine, Beats by Dre, which have become a premiere status symbol for Hip Hop heads. celebrities, DJs and trend followers every where. Hisham Dahud, a Senior Analyst for Hypebot.com, recently completed a story on the Forbes list. Notable names include Dr. Dre at #1 with over $100 million in before-tax earnings. Diddy, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne round out the top 5 with $45 million, $38 million, $35 million and $27 million dollars earned respectively. Even Wale was named a “Cash Prince”, having raked in $5 million from concert tickets and album sales. And because of it, Forbes recently interviewed Wale:
Other emcees that made the list include Drake, Nicki Minaj, Birdman, Ludacris, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Mac Miller and Tech N9ne. This year’s top 20 list brought in a combined $415 million dollars in , which came in no small part from outside music ventures, personal branding and product endorsements. Read the Hisham Dahud’s bull story here.