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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.