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XXLMAG.com has an interview with Christopher "C.J." Wallace, Biggie's son. He talks about acting and his role in "Everything Must Go", his favorite song by his dad, the relationship he has with Diddy and more.

XXLMag.com: Whatís your favorite song by your dad?

Wallace: ďMachine Gun FunkĒ is probably one of my favorites. I remember the first time I heard it I was in the car driving in L.A. and it gave me the best feeling ever.

XXLMag.com: How involved is Diddy in your life?

Wallace: Iím around him all the time. I go over his house and hang out with Christian, Justin and Quincy.

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Speaking with AllHipHop.com, Big Sean named his top 5 rappers dead or alive and The Notorious B.I.G. was one of them. "He was so fresh from the style standpoint and he brought so many new styles to the game that was the blueprint for a lot of people's flows," he said.

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In an interview with American Songwriter, country singer Colt Ford talks about a conversation he had with The Notorious B.I.G., where Biggie revealed how he was influenced by some country icons.

Iíve always been impressed with hip hop lyrics, in just how many there are per line, and the creativity involved. Do you feel the same way?

Honestly, hip-hop and old country music is really not all that different. Theyíre storytellers just talking about a different story. But, hip-hop is important. Iíve done some things in the hip-hop world, written a couple things for a couple people, and I remember talking to Notorious B.I.G., before he died, and him going, ďYou know, I learned the art of story telling from my mother listening to Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard.Ē His mother is from Jamaica, and in Jamaica they only have a reggae station and a country station. His mom liked that stuff, so she only had those records. He goes, ďI would listen to these dudes: Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard, and they told stories.Ē

You take some of the guys, lyrically, like Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Eminem and those dudes are un-freaking-believable. Listen to the words they are putting together, lyrically and sonically what theyíre doing. Itís phenomenal. Iíve sat there and watched Jay-Z sit down and write 16 bar verses and never write anything down. Heíll have it all in his head, then go into the studio and lay it down. Thatís bada**. I donít care who you are. You write songs, and you donít appreciate that, then you donít know shit. [laughs] You donít know anything about writing a song if you canít appreciate what thatís like while looking at the lyrical content. For me, Iím doing five, six, seven words for their singing one. A lot of my artist friends are like, ďHow do you remember all that stuff?Ē I say, ďSometimes I donít.Ē Thatís what makes real music and live music fun! Sometimes you mess up. Thatís okay. Thatís music.

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During an interview, BBC Radio's Ace & Viz asked storied music producer Dallas Austin to reflect on "This Time Around," the Michael Jackson song that he produced that featured The Notorious B.I.G.

He mentions that first Biggie came up with a clean rhyme, but he that wasn't really what he wanted to do on it, so he did another, more vulgar one. Austin didn't think Jackson would want to keep it, but he did. Watch below, starting at the 2:53 mark.


Via SoulCulture.

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FADER is continuing their celebration of Biggie, following their decision to honor him for their annual Icon issue. They have released more footage from Biggie's 1995 performance as part of KMEL's Summer Jam in 1995. Previously, they had released a clip of him performing "Warning" with Lil' Cease.

In the clip below, Big curses and throws a bottle of water at DJ Big Kep, when the sound of the records he was spinning didn't come out right. Big Kep told FADER his side of the story, saying that it was so hot that the records were melting. Later, he says, Biggie was cool with him and knew what was going on, but didn't want to let the crowd think it was his fault.


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Singer/rapper D.V. Alias Khryst recently told HipHopDX that he was "supposed" to contribute to The Notorious B.I.G.'s "You're Nobody ('Til Somebody Kills You)" from the "Life After Death" album. The introduction of the interview indicates that it was the hook of the song, which Biggie ended up singing himself.

I was supposed to sing ďYouíre Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)Ē on [The Notorious B.I.G.ís] Life After Death album, and I donít know what happened with that not happening ...

DX: You mentioned Biggie, did he reach out to you personally?

D.V. Alias Khryst: No, my attorney Ö had called me around the time of that project being worked on and told me that someone that he had spoke to Ė donít remember their name Ė had inquired about me doing that record. I was very excited when I heard about that, because [I had] known Biggie for some time Ö. I was around Big and [Lil] Cease and them - and Smoothe was around these dudes - smoking blunts on the stoop with these dudes before a lot of this stuff transpired and went the direction that it went. So, to see his career go the way it went, and for me to had gotten an [invitation] to do a record with him on the [strength] of how our paths [had] always crossed Ė even from the ďDead PresidentsĒ video shoot with Jay-Z, and showing Smoothe and everybody that was at the round table Ė I [thought it] would be a wonderful opportunity. But, when it didnít happen I was a little funked about it because I felt like that could have been a great opportunity for the world to hear me and to give me the platform to really show people what Iím made of, [as] opposed to the box that Iíve been placed in.

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FADER founder Rob Stone spoke with Global Grind regarding the decision to honor The Notorious B.I.G. in the magazine's annual Icon issue. Stone worked with Arista during Bad Boy's early years.

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Following in the steps of Maino, Uncle Murda has released "Biggie's Back," a take on Meek Mill's "Tupac Back."

You can download it for free, care of Nah Right via Uncle Murda's Twitter.

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Meek Mill's "Tupac Back" will be featured on the upcoming Maybach Music Group album, "Self Made, Vol. 1." You can listen to a preview of it on the Mayback Music Group website.

In response, Maino has released "Biggie Back," which you can download for free, care of Funkmaster Flex's website via Maino himself.

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Speaking with FADER, Killer Mike shares a little Biggie fandom and talks about how the Brooklyn MC influenced him. He also tells the story of a chance meeting with Big at the back of a club. Watch below.


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