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Back in the fall of 2010, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake performed "History of Rap," a medley of rap hits. They included "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G.

Timberlake was on Fallon's show all this week and they released the fourth installment of the series. It included Biggie's "Hypnotize." Watch below (at the 3:50 mark).


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Rest in peace.

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Taco Bell's Biggie-featured Super Bowl ad is now online. Titled "Grande Papi," the ad features a Spanish version of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa." Watch below.


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According to a press release, Taco Bell will premiere an ad during today's Super Bowl titled "Grande Papi." Promoting the new Cantina Bell Steak Burrito, the commercial will feature a Spanish version of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa." If they release it online, I'll post an update.

Via Reggie Osse.

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Fuse has a great feature on Lord Finesse for their Crate Diggers series. Watch below. At the start of it, he says how he wanted to do a remix for Mary J. Blige, but Diddy said he wasn't ready and, instead, wanted the producer to work with an up and coming rapper: Biggie Smalls.

"I used to hang out with Puff," he said. "[We would] go to his crib, bug out. The prize remix you wanted to do was Mary. Mary was blazing. I want to do a Mary remix. 'You're not ready for a Mary remix.' He was like, 'I want you to work with Big.' Big? Who's Big? He was Biggie Smalls at the time. I was like, OK, I was open minded. When I heard this dude, it started with the 'Party & Bulls***' 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."

Lord Finesse also reflected on "Suicidal Thoughts," a record he produced that would serve as the finale on The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album, "Ready to Die."

"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?' 'Naw, I got an idea, I got an idea.' And it's like, 'You sure?' As a producer, I don't want to 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, 'Ness.' It actually closes the album. I was shocked."


Via Reggie Osse retweet via Miss Info.

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Last week, a previously unreleased reference vocal from The Notorious B.I.G. appeared online. A reference track provides the performer with guidance on how the lines should be performed. This particular reference was for the opening verse on Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s White Chalk, Pt. 2," which was featured on the soundtrack for the 1996 film "Original Gangstas."

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Care of Uncle Murda's Twitter, you can download "B.I.G. vs. Jay" from Hip-Hop Wired. As the title suggests, Uncle Murda discusses the debate over who was greater: The Notorious B.I.G. or Jay-Z. You can listen and download below.


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On Thursday, R. Kelly will release "Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me," his new memoir with David Ritz. The book features a chapter titled "Yo Pac! Yo Biggie" and Rolling Stone has an excerpt.

In it, R. Kelly discusses the making of "F*** You Tonight" on The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Life After Death" album and reveals that it was Biggie who first heard him sing "I Believe I Can Fly," telling him it was a hit.

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Here is the music video for Omarion's new single, "Let's Talk," featuring Rick Ross. The song features some vocals from The Notorious B.I.G., taken from the late rapper's hit "Big Poppa."


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Complex asked Nas to name his 25 favorite albums and The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Life After Death" made the list.

"It was ahead of its time," he said. "He rapped from a perspective of someone who lived a full life. He rapped from a perspective of someone looking ahead, someone who was looking to move on from one phase to another. It was a double album which was a bold move. It also showed that he was an artist of substance, so much that one album would not be enough. He's honestly one of the greatest to ever do it.Ē

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