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Spike Lee is the executive producer of the new Michael A. Pinckney hip-hop horror film, "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You," a reference to The Notorious B.I.G. song of the same name.

According to, the movie stars James McDaniel, Michael K. Williams, Michael Mosley and Nashawn Kearse and features appearances from Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Ed Lover.

It will premiere at the Williamsburg International Film Festival - or WilliFest, occurring in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn from September 22-25.


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Earlier this week, we reported on the news that clothing label Supreme would release a t-shirt featuring the baby photo that appeared on the cover of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die" album.

According to SoulCulture's Aamir Yaqub, they will also release a key chain with the same image.

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According to a report by Global Grind, clothing label Supreme will be release a Biggie influenced t-shirt as part of their new Autumn/Winter 2011 line.

They have a picture of the shirt, which is black with the photo featured front and center. According to the Supreme website, the Autumn/Winter 2011 line will be available in their New York and Los Angeles stores on August 27, their Japan store on August 27 and September 22 at their new London store.

In addition, their online shop will re-open on September 1.

In March, 18 year old Keithroy Yearwood stepped forward and revealed himself as the baby gracing the cover of The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album.

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DJ Thoro has released "Wake Up F***** Up," the title of which comes from a sample of the Notorious B.I.G. from the late rapper's "Everyday Struggle." Care of DJ Thoro, you can download it for free.

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Fans of Jay-Z will know that he references The Notorious B.I.G. regularly, both by name and through the use of lines originally used by the late rapper. In the clip below, Jay-Z explains the reason and the meaning behind this.

"In 'City is Mine,' I said, "this way a world with amnesia won't forget your name," right?," he said. "There was a vow in that song about Big. Doing was my way of always keeping him fresh and keeping his music fresh on everyone's mind. So, I'm inspired by music and I'm a fan and a historian.I study music and different emotions and things like that. So, if I'm inspired by it, I just use it. It's not a crutch for me."

Via Georgette Cline.

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"Countin' Stacks," a new track from Rampage samples The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Everyday Struggle" to build the chorus. Last month, he released the song for free download (both the main and instrumental versions).

Rampage is best known to Bad Boy fans as one of the featured artists on Craig Mack's mid-90s classic remix to "Flava in Ya Ear."

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Last week, Monica premiered "Anything (to Find You)," a Missy Elliott produced record featuring vocals from Elliott, Rick Ross and Lil' Kim.

On the song, Elliott mimics Diddy's vocals from The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya and the "Who Shot Ya" beat, itself sampled from David Porter's "I'm Afraid the Masquerade is Over," is also featured.

When the song debuted on the Billboard charts, however, the version listed did not feature Lil' Kim. Billboard's Erika Ramirez and Alex Chapman reported that Lil' Kim had been removed due to unspecified contractual issues.

On Twitter, Monica revealed that Lil' Kim had been removed because Voletta Wallace refused to clear the sample with the rapper on the record. Biggie's estate is led by Ms. Wallace and Biggie's widow, singer Faith Evans. In recent years, Lil' Kim has aimed pointed remarks at both and it would be naive to think that such things come without consequence.

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Last week, HipHopDX broke the story of Clayton Hill, an inmate who claims he once harbored a man who admitted to murdering The Notorious B.I.G.

HipHopDX's Paul W. Arnold files their full story, which they referred to as the "conclusion" of their report. Understandably, they previously published most of the eye catching allegations in their first story. This one elaborates on those details.

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In June, Jay-Z's debut album, "Reasonable Doubt," celebrated it's 15th anniversary. For the first entry in VH1's new monthly "album-versaries" series, they take a look at the making of the album. For part two, they discuss "Brooklyn's Finest," the Biggie featured song from the album, with Damon Dash, who executive produced the album and Clark Kent, who produced that song.

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Missy Elliott's latest Biggie sampled (or, if you prefer, interpolated) production is Monica's "Anything (To Find You)" which features Rick Ross and Lil' Kim, with some vocals from Elliott herself, mimicking Diddy's vocals on The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya."

The "Who Shot Ya" beat, itself sampled from David Porter's "I'm Afraid the Masquerade is Over," is also featured.

In 2007, Elliott utilized a similar arrangement with Biggie's "Juicy" for Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go" and just last year, Elliott produced an "I Love the Dough" flavored remix of Monica's "Everything to Me."

You can listen to "Anything (To Find You)" at

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