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Ode to Big Bank Hank

Francis Levy | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

"Rapper's Delight" was the song for which Sugar Hill Gang became famous and it featured one of the first examples of sampling (Chic's "Good Times" threaded though the track) that was also a harbinger of the appropriation frenzy that would infect the art world at the same time.

How The Notorious B.I.G. Turned Fear and Rage Into Genius

Timothy Cooper | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Timothy Cooper

"Ready to Die" is a multifaceted masterpiece, but its driving force is Biggie's supplication for America to recognize a young black man wrought with the fear and rage of existing in a life rooted in continuing stagnation.

Diddy Really, Really Loves New York

Posted 02.09.2013 | Celebrity

How much does Sean "Diddy" Combs love New York? Enough to tattoo it on his left forearm in large, that's how much. The 43-year-old Harlem-born rap...

WATCH: Remembering Biggie 15 Years Later

Posted 03.09.2012 | Black Voices

March 9, 1997 marked a tragic day in the world of hip hop with the passing of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace. Gunned down at the age of 24...

Notorious: The Biggie Biopic is Great But it Still Doesn't Answer, "Who Shot Ya?"

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Raymond Leon Roker

Notorious is the first biopic of a hip-hop personality. Think about that as both an awesome milestone, as well as a sad testament for hip-hop.