Last night’s ‘Weekend Update’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ featured Jay Pharoah showing off his rap and impersonation skills as he presented ideas for a Thanksgiving hip hop song. Video of the clip featuring Jay as Jay-Z, Drake and Biggie Smalls can be viewed via NBC.com below.
Huffington Post blogger Barry Michael Cooper spoke with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs about the audio interlude in Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Ready to Die’, asking the hip hop mogul if the late rapper was indeed receiving a blow job. “Yeah,” Diddy said, laughing, “These are questions that nobody’s ever asked, and I think Big would be alright with it… It’s like decadent studio session. We just having fun making interludes. That’s a joint I just wanted to make authentic.” Listen to the interlude and watch the interview here.
Wale and Marc Ronson talked about what drew them to the Notorious B.I.G. in a videoclip at Bad Boy Records’ YouTube channel. “I got the CD and for the most part it changed my whole aspect on rap music,” Wale said. “The way he put words together and flowed. His flow was definitely ahead of its time.”
Ronson said, “The records that Biggie came out with first like ‘One More Chance’, ‘Unbelievable Dreams’, all those records there’s still nothing that can rival those in a way. There will never be records bigger that will eclipse how amazing those records were and the feeling and the rush the crowd got when those came in. By far the greatest of all time as far as I’m concerned.”
Video at YouTube has since been removed.
Hot 97’s Angie Martinez interviewed Voletta Wallace at the stations’ New York City studio ahead of her son Notorious B.I.G.’s film ‘Notorious’ hit theaters. Wallace, joined by the film’s producer Wayne Barrow and record producer and Hot 97’s own Mister Cee, talked about not liking profanity and how that made the filming difficult for her, the research involved, Lil Kim feeling like she was shut out of the process, wanting Jamal ‘Gravy’ Woolard to play her son from the start, wanting Angela Bassett to play her from the start, and more. Watch the 2-part interview via YouTube below.
In honor of the release of ‘Notorious’, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs talked about how Biggie’s death has affected people as a whole and how the film is giving fans their spirit back. “It changed me,” Diddy said of B.I.G.’s murder. “It broke my heart. it took my spirit. I can honestly say and confess, me making music, me producing music hasn’t been the same since Biggie passed away. It hasn’t been fun for me… I was still doing my thing at 80%, but a major part of me was gone and I just wasn’t having fun.” Diddy said seeing the movie “made me want to get my spirit back.”
In part two, Diddy says Biggie wasn’t supposed to be in Los Angeles the day that he was killed. He was supposed to go to London, but instead wanted to stay around to hang out with Diddy to celebrate the release of his new album. “It was a call that I’ll always remember,” Diddy said. “There wasn’t a way for me to talk him out of it. I didn’t run Biggie. The call just plays over and over in my head. What if he just got on the plane?”
In part three, Diddy said that despite all the talk, there was “so much love and admiration” between Biggie and Tupac Shakur. “The whole east west thing started, we were caught off guard, and that broke my man’s heart,” Diddy said. “He did not make ‘Who Shot Ya’ about Tupac. That freestyle was done a long long time ago. The crazy thing about music is that things come to fruition. You got to watch what you put out.” Diddy added that when Tupac got shot, he could feel Biggie praying everything was alright. “We didn’t care about nothing that was done before, we were like, c’mon, pull through, pull through. After that, Big was depressed for days.”
Watch the three part commentary below.
The trailer to the Christopher Wallace biopic ‘Notorious’ has been posted online. The film tells the story of Wallace, who transforms himself from a Brooklyn street hustler to become one of the greatest rappers of all time, The Notorious B.I.G., charting his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectation. Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace produces the project along with his managers Wayne Barrowman and Mark Pitts. ‘Notorious’ opens in theaters January 16, 2009. Watch the trailer below.
Voletta Wallace poses for a photo with a wax figure of her slain son Christopher ‘Biggie Smalls’ Wallace on display at its debut at Madame Tussauds in Times Square on Thursday (October 25) in New York City. Voletta said at the event, “I think it looks strikingly like my son. The height is fine. Weight is fine.” Check out pictures from GettyImages.
TMZ reports that the family of murdered rapper Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious B.I.G., has filed another wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles in connection with Biggie’s death. Check out the lawsuit here.
Jojo of KIIS FM in Los Angeles and Shock G had a special segment to remember Tupac Shakur on the 10th anniversary of his murder, September 13, 1996. They talked about how neither 2Pac or Biggie’s murders have been solved, the previous run-ins 2Pac had with law enforcement, and his belief that the police were involved.
The interview audio at kiisfm.com has since been removed.
Six veteran homicide detectives are leading a new police task force investigating the unsolved 1997 killing of Notorious B.I.G. The new probe comes in the face of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the rapper’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and other relatives, who claim rogue police officers were involved in the killing, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.