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Today, NPR's "50 Great Voices" feature highlights The Notorious B.I.G. with an article by Frannie Kelley. It includes quotes from jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, childhood friends Sam Hubert and Mike Bynum and rapper AZ.

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Rapper Q Da Kid has released the music video for "It Was All a Dream." The record features a light sample of Biggie (from "Juicy") on the chrous, which is sung by Dondria. Care of Q Da Kid's Twitter, you can also download the track for free.

Via Lil' Cease.

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Check out the clip below for an entertaining Grind Music Radio interview with former Bad Boy/The Hitmen producer Nashiem Myrick. He talks about the creation of "Who Shot Ya," a track he produced, and more. He mentions how, originally, Biggie had included something like "I leave you leaking like Michael Jordan's pops" at the end of his original verse, referring to the untimely death of the basketball star's father.

Thanks Theo for the tip.

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On Twitter, Game shared a free download link for a new record titled "We Do It B.I.G" featuring Yung Joc. The record samples a Biggie verse from "Juicy" for the chorus. Download now.

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Rap Radar spoke with comedian Eddie Griffin about his appearance in Diddy's "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" music video. In that clip, he sat in a car next to Biggie as two experienced a traffic stop. Check out Griffin's thoughts below. Warning: it's explicit.

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Back in January, from the set of Dirty Money's "Angels (Remix)" music video shoot, Diddy mentioned that Rick Ross was sounding like Biggie on the record.

Rick Ross commented on the comparison in January and he was asked about it again in a new interview with Vibe.

You've obviously made an impression on people. Diddy, in particular, gave you a huge compliment earlier this year when he compared you to Biggie. Had you guys talked about that privately before he came out and told the world?
Nah. You know, we had been recording some things, but up to that point, we hadn't released nothing. Me and Diddy had just been in the studio several times, trying things out and creating some stuff. When he made the comparisons of me and Biggie, I didn't take them as me being compared to Biggie. Biggie is maybe the greatest of all-time. That wouldn't even be a fair comparison. But I sometimes try to channel the emotions Biggie had in his music and his ability to tell stories. It touched me in a certain way.

Do those comparisons put any additional pressure on you? People were just starting to really respect you as a lyricist when Diddy made them and then all of a sudden you were being compared to one of the GOATs. That has to make it a little more difficult for you to earn your respect.
Not at all, because I don't take them to heart. B.I.G. is B.I.G. That's a legend. I'm doing my own thing, but I would never play myself like that. I'm the boss and I do my own thing.

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When Dirty Money stopped by BET's 106 & Park on Thursday, Diddy was asked what Biggie record he would choose if he could only have one on his iPod. He said he couldn't choose, but that one of his favorite records was "My Downfall" from Biggie's "Life After Death" album.

Host Terrence J asked him what it was like in the studio when they were recording that song.

"We was hot," he said. "We just saw the 'Hit 'Em Up' video. We was hot. But, we ain't want to heat nothing up. We just wanted to make a record. We just felt like it was too much going on and that's how it was going down that day."

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According to a tracklisting on the game's official website, "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G. will be one of the more than 40 tracks included in "Def Jam Rapstar," an upcoming video game in the vein of "Guitar Hero," except for rap. The game is expected to be released later this year.

Via Nintendo Power.

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Spin Magazine placed "Ready to Die" by The Notorious B.I.G. as number 43 on their list of the top 125 albums of the past 25 years. It was the only Bad Boy release on the list.

They also included the murders of Biggie and 2Pac in their "25 Moments That Rocked Our World."

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A new remix to Monica's "Everything to Me" has appeared online, featuring nods to The Notorious B.I.G.'s "I Love the Dough." The beat itself looks to have been inspired by the track and it also includes a verse from Biggie that was originally featured on the song, which appeared on his "Life After Death" album.

The track also features some ad-libs from Missy Elliott and some online sources are purporting it to have been produced by her.

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