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Posted by Patrick
This actually isn't a new track, as it appears to have been available online early this year, at the latest, but I hadn't heard of it and didn't mention it, so I thought I'd mention it now. "On and On" by Tha Dogg Pound features a sample of The Notorious B.I.G. from Biggie's "Nasty Boy" and it sounds like some ad libs from Diddy may have been kept, as well. You can purchase it from iTunes.

Posted by Patrick
In the clip below from XXL, Q-Tip talks about giving Biggie beats. He also mentions listening to what he refers to as the original "Nasty Boy," that he thinks featured a sample of Prince's "Kiss" that couldn't be cleared.

Thanks Theo.

Posted by Patrick
An as yet unreleased track from DJ/producer Clinton Sparks will feature a sample of Biggie's vocals from Craig Mack's "Flava in Ya Ear (Remix)." The song is called "Houston" and it will feature Slim Thug, Bun B and Paul Wall.

An unfinished version of the song recently leaked online and the chorus is comprised of Biggie saying "Houston... pack the gat a lot." In the remix to "Flava in Ya Ear," Biggie raps: "Not from Houston, but I Rap-A-Lot, pack the gat a lot." The Biggie vocal is slowed down, as well.

On his Twitter, Sparks said that the leaked version, which doesn't include Paul Wall, is not mixed or mastered and that it contains a "dummy beat". We'll have more when Sparks officially releases the track.

Posted by Patrick
The Metric System has a great feature where the rules Biggie outlined in "Ten Crack Commandments" are translated into "pretty sound business advice for any industry," according to the author. It makes for a great, creative read. Here's one of the 10:

“Number two: never let ‘em know your next move”

Innovation drives long-term business value. If your company prematurely discloses its strategic plans, it gives your competitors a head-start on emulating or surpassing your innovative strides. It may be tempting to post your 12-month plan on the company blog, but beware the strategic edge it provides to your competitors once it’s out there.

Via Lynne d Johnson.

Posted by Patrick
I usually take a pass on mentioning random mixtape tracks that sample Biggie, but this track is worth a look. 50 Cent has sampled "Suicidal Thoughts" by The Notorious B.I.G. to create "Suicide Watch." He leaves some of Biggie's vocals on the chorus, trading lines with him. You can listen and download below.


Posted by Patrick
Today would have been the 37th birthday of Christopher George Latore Wallace, born May 21, 1972. Rest in peace, Biggie.

"Now, what y'all think we here for? Aight then.
Get this money and keep it tight, then
Right when all y'all thought y'all was comin' to get us
'Cause we lost B.I.G., but he still with us"

-Jadakiss, "So Right"

Posted by Patrick
Jeremy Thomas of has a review of the three disc Collector's Edition DVD of "Notorious." He closes with:

In creating the life of Biggie Smalls for the big screen, director George Tillman Jr. finds most of his strength in the standout debut performance of Jamal Woolard who handles the role of the rapper with amazing skill. Woolard is supported by strong performances by the rest of his supporting cast; unfortunately a largely by-the-numbers biopic script and a tendency to smooth over certain negative elements of Biggie's story don't give the cast the support they need. Still, the performances and the amazing rap scenes are more than enough to hold the movie up, creating something well-worth checking out. The DVD gets a high-quality audio and video transfer along with a good set of special features, making this a very decent choice of DVD's to add to one's collection especially if one is a fan of hip-hop and Christopher Wallace's in particular.

Posted by Patrick
R.L. Shaffer of IGN has a review of the Blu Ray DVD director's cut edition of "Notorious." Very informative.

Posted by Patrick
Back in March of 2006, we reported on the court decision that yanked Biggie's first album, "Ready to Die," from store shelves, because of an unauthorized sample in the title track. It awarded the plaintiff, Bridgeport Music, $3,500,000 in punitive damages, along with $366,939 in compensatory damages.

Bad Boy, et all, appealed and, yes, it has been going on all this time. That is, until April 10. Shourin Sen of Exclusive Rights reports that the court found that the $3.5 million dollar punitive figure was unconstitutionally high. With the $366,939 in compensatory damages affirmed, the plaintiffs (yes, there are now two of them - Bridgeport and Westbound Records) were awarded a lesser amount of punitive damages, totally $688,523. This is a reduction of $2,811,477.

Since that news back in 2006, the album has been re-released with the sample removed.

Via Jonathan Bailey.

Posted by Patrick has a trio of "Notorious" DVDs up for pre-order. All three will be released on April 21. They have a Blu-ray version, a three disc "Collector's Edition" and a single disc edition. They all advertise the "unrated director's cut."

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