RIP Phife Dawg: Dear Dilla [VIDEO]

Malik Taylor aka Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest passed away three ago today at the age of 45.

On March 22, 2016, Phife's relatives revealed in a public statement Malik died due to complications resulting from diabetes. 

RIP Phife.

Jay-Z's ‘The Blueprint' Album Gets Added To The National Recording Registry

Jay-Z's sixth studio album "The Blueprint" is being inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
"The Blueprint" is only one of 8 rap or hip-hop albums in the National Recording Registry.

Jay's album has been archived as a collection of songs and records that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”
Others that have been registered include Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five’s “The Message,” 2Pac’s “Dear Mama,” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”

Notorious B.I.G.'s Estate Sues Swiss Company For...

The estate of the late Notorious B.I.G. is suing a snowboard company for the use of Biggie's images on their products without getting permission.

According to the Blast, his estate was set up by Faith Evans and Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace.

The Swiss company produces snowboards with Biggie's face, signature, and more being sold.

The lawsuit is seeking an injunction against the company and all profits made.

Ice Cube & LL Cool J Secure Billions To...

Ice Cube and LL Cool J just secured several billion dollar commitments in their efforts to buy a group of regional sports channels.
The rap icons apart are looking to bid on 22 regional sports channels, including channels currently owned by Disney.
Sources say Cube's has backing from private equity partners and is working on their purchasing strategy.
If Cube and LL win the bidding, they say there's already a plan in place to use the networks to connect sports and culture in a way we've never seen before.

WATCH: DJ Premier & The Badder Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Happy Birthday to the legendary DJ Premier!

Watch DJ Premier & The Badder Band perform on NPR's Tiny Desk below:

RIP Nate Dogg: Watch 6 of Nate Dogg's Klassic Joints [VIDEOS]

Nate Dogg passed away 8 years ago today from complications after suffering several strokes at age 41.

Rest in peace to the hip-hop legend and trailblazer of fusing rap and r&b together.

Watch a couple Klassic Joints from Nate Dogg below:

Bring Em Out: T.I. Compares Himself To Tupac

T.I. decided to 'Bring Em Out' on Instagram by comparing himself to one of the goats, Tupac.
TIP's post says, “Any way you slice it… I’m the very best at what I do… impossible to duplicate… accept no substitution!” T.I. declared on Instagram this week. “When you get done buuuulshittin’… Riddle me this…. Who since 2Pac has maintained as much consistent diversity within music genres, businesses & other opportunities? I’ll wait…”

Fans commented to collect T.I. over the Tupac comparison and he also referred to his accolades over Jay Z.
T.I.'s comment said "Respectfully to da goat..what major feature film he starred in?"

What do you think of T.I.'s comparison to Tupac???

2Pac Releases "Me Against The World"

24 years ago today, 2Pac released his third studio album "Me Against The World."

What was your favorite Klassic Joint off of Pac's album?

Birthday Bars: Watch 4 of Common's Klassic Joints [VIDEOS]

Happy Birthday Common! Watch 4 of Common's Klassic Joints below:

WATCH: Clipse - When The Last Time [VIDEO]

Another Klassic Joint just played on Klassic Joints radio!

Watch Clipse's video for "When The Last Time" below:

WATCH: Notorious B.I.G.'s Last Performance In 1997

RIP BIG. Watch Biggie's last performance in LA at the Soul Train Awards in 1997 below.

15 Best Biggie Smalls Quotes

RIP to the Notorious B.I.G. who passed away 22 years ago.
Biggie had a ton of Klassic Joints and klassic quotes. 
Peep some of the knowledge Big dropped below:
1. “We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.” – Biggie Smalls

2. “Stay far from timid, only make moves when your heart’s in it, and live the phrase ‘sky’s the limit.'” – Biggie Smalls

3. “Damn right I like the life I live, because I went from negative to positive.” – Biggie Smalls

4. Birthdays was the worst days, now we sip champagne when we thirsty." - Biggie Smalls 

5. “If you don’t love yourself, I’ll make you see your own heart.” – Biggie Smalls

6. “I grew up a f***ing screw up, got introduced to the game, got a ounce and f***ing blew up.” – Biggie Smalls

7. “I’ve been in the game for years, it made me an animal. It’s rules to this s***, I wrote me a manual. A step by step booklet for you to get, your game on track, not your wig pushed back.” – Biggie Smalls

8. “I spit phrases that’ll thrill you, your nobody ’till someone kills you.” – Biggie Smalls

9. “I’m living everyday like a hustle, another drug to juggle. Another day, another struggle.” – Biggie Smalls
10. “Never let them know your next move.” – Biggie Smalls
11. “I wonder if I died, would tears come to her eyes? Forgive me for my disrespect, forgive me for my lies.” – Biggie Smalls
12. “As I leave my competition respirator style, climb the ladder to success escalator style.” – Biggie Smalls
13. “I would never wish death on nobody, ’cause there ain’t no coming back from that.” – Biggie Smalls
14. “Never get high on your own supply.” – Biggie Smalls
15. "Keep trying. Persistence and consistency is the best thing. As long as you keeping it real, and you keep trying, keep banging that wall and it will fall.” – Biggie Smalls

WATCH: Rare Young Notorious B.I.G. Freestyle [VIDEO]

Watch a very rare freestyle of a young Notorious B.I.G. freestylin' on the streets:

WATCH: Brandy - I Wanna Be Down (Remix) ft. Mc Lyte, YoYo & Queen Latifah [1994] Video

Another real Klassic Joint just played on Klassic Joints Radio!

Watch Brandy's video for the remix of "I Wanna Be Down" from 1994 below:

De La Soul's Debut Album "3 Feet High And Rising" Turns 30 Years Old

Today's the 30th anniversary of De La Soul's debut album "3 Feet High and Rising."

Watch the video for their klassic joint "Me, Myself, & I" below:


A Roc-A-Fella Biopic Is In The Works

The story of Roc-A-Fella Records will be finally be told according to Kareem Burke.

Burke revealed he's working on a film detailing how he, Jay Z, and Dame Dash built a hip-hop empire. 

He says, "me living in a shelter, some people don’t really know that. Being evicted, living in a shelter, and staying in people’s houses and floors for two years. Jay losing his father at four years old when his father left him. Dame losing his mom at 14 years old and having to put himself through private school."

Are you interested in watching how the Roc dynasty was built?

The Stop The Violence Movement - Self Destruction [VIDEO]

Another Klassic Joint just played on Klassic Joints radio!

Watch The Stop The Violence Movement's video for Self Destruction video below:

Ice Cube Confirms New "Friday" Movie

Fans of the klassic joint Friday are ecstatic after Ice Cube confirmed good news on Twitter.

After a fan inquired about whether the Friday rumors were true Cube himself replied! 

The upcoming movie Last Friday‘ is said to be the last installment of the franchise. Will you be watching?

Could Breakdancing Become An Official Olympic Sport?

Olympic organizers are proposing that breakdancing be included as a sport in the 2024 Olympics.
The Olympics will take place in Paris in 2024 but the International Olympic Committee must make a final decision by December 2020.
Their statement reads: "We are pleased to see that Paris 2024’s proposal for new sports to the Olympic program is very much in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, which is striving to make the Olympic program gender-balanced, more youth-focused and more urban."
Other sports being considered are climbing, surfing and skateboarding. Meanwhile, surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding are all set to make their Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.

WATCH: Jay Z - Dead Presidents [VIDEO]

Jay-Z's "Dead Presidents" video dropped 23 years ago today.

Watch HOV's klassic joint for "Dead Presidents" below:

Erykah Badu - Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop) ft. Common [VIDEO]

Happy Valentine's Day to all the real hip-hop heads!

Do you remember the moment you fell in love with hip-hop?

Watch Erykah Badu's klassic joint "Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)" featuring Common below:

Happy Valentine's Day - Outkast [VIDEO]

Happy Valentine's Day to all our of dope Klassic Joints radio listeners.

Listen to another Klassic Joint with Outkast's "Valentine's Day" song for February 14th below:

New Sex Tape Allegedly Surfaces of R. Kelly And An Underage Girl

A new video allegedly involving R. Kelly and an underage girl has surfaced. 
According to CNN, the man who submitted the tape claims to have worked for and known R. Kelly and the girl. 
The young girl refers to him as "daddy" and both refer to the girl's body as "14-year-old p*ssy."
In the 42-minute video, the man allegedly also asks for permission before urinating on her.
CNN says the tape is "clear and explicit."

Dame Dash Apologizes To Jay Z, Jim Jones, Kareem "Biggs" Burke

After nearly 15 years, Dame Dash apologized publicly to Jay Z.
In the video, Dame told Jay, "So JAY-Z if I've offended you, I apologize. Lyor Cohen if I offended you I apologize. Steve Stoute if I offended you I apologize. [...] It's cool, I'm not angry no more." 

In another video he says "You know, I called Jim Jones today, and I miss him. I don’t know if y’all know but I miss him. As a brother, I love his family. I want him to be happy. And Jay, you know, the friendship we had was cool, man. I just miss it. But whatever you doing you doing I’m cool with it bro. I’m sorry man, I wasn’t myself for a second, Aaliyah had me f***ed up. And Biggs I’m sorry bro, if I offended you, whatever you doing I’m with it, I love you man. I know you’re mad at me but whatever, I can admit it."

Happy Birthday Bob: 5 Klassic Joints From Bob Marley [VIDEOS]

Happy Birthday to Bob Marley!

Today would've been the reggae legend's 74th birthday.

Watch 5 klassic joints from Bob Marley and Klassic Joints radio below:

And one more bonus video from Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1973:


DMX Celebrates 20th Anniversary of ‘It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot’ With...

In honor of the 20th anniversary of his debut LP It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, DMX is back! 
DMX is set to go on a 32-date tour after being released from prison last month for tax evasion charges. 
Check out the dates for DMX's tour and let us know if you plan to go! 
DMX Tour Dates
March 8 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Farmers Market
March 9 – Springfield, MO @ The Complex
March 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Citadel
April 3 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
April 4 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
April 5 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
April 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
April 7 – Washington DC @ The Fillmore
April 9 – Charlotte, NC @ World
April 10 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
April 11 – Ybor City, FL @ Ritz
April 12 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
April 13 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 14 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
April 15 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
April 17 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey TheatreApril 18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
April 19 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
April 20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 21 – Berkeley, CA @ UC TheatreApril 23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom
April 24 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
April 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
April 27 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
April 28 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
April 30 – Saget, IL @ Pop’s
May 1 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
May 2 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
May 3 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
May 4 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 5 – Cleveland, OH @ House of BluesMay 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Foxtail

Ghostface Killah and RZA Set To Produce A Suspenseful...

Wu-Tang legends Ghostface Killah and RZA are teaming up to produce a suspenseful, horror movie. 

The upcoming Angel of Dust thriller is inspired by true stories experienced by the Clan as they went from living in the Staten Island Projects to becoming a global iconic rap group.

Wu-Tang will create the soundtrack and RZA will also provide the score in addition to producing and directing.

The plot says main character Casey is a "normal yet exceptionally smart teenager and talented rapper" whose parents mysteriously died when he was younger, forcing him to grow up on his own in the rough inner-city streets of Shaolin. When a serial killer with "seemingly supernatural powers" nicknamed Angel of Dust pops up, he puts his real survival skills to the test."

Will you be watching?

Suge Knight Confirms Tupac...

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While currently serving a 28-year prison sentence, Suge Knight insists he has new music from Tupac. 

Knight says in regard to the unreleased Tupac music, "it's not that they was bad songs but those are songs that Pac didn't want to be out on an album or want to be out."

Suge claims there's enough music to make an album and he's eyeing some A-list artists to add verses. 

He added "Cardi B is probably the most aggressive entertainer in the biz today. And I think she's the female version of Tupac. Tupac with a skirt. Yeah."

Would you want to hear new unreleased music from Pac or not?

7 Random Super Bowl Prop Bets

Super Bowl 2019 isn't just all about the game, people place really random bets too. 

Check out 8 of the weirdest prop bets below:
  • Length of national anthem: Specifically, people bet whether Gladys Knight will go over 105 seconds.
  • Trick play: How many non-QB players will attempt a pass? The over-under is 2.5.
  • Shirtless: Will a halftime performer take off their shirt?
  • Where's Wifey? How many times will Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen be shown? The over-under is 1.5.
  • Tony Romo: Famous for predicting plays, the bet is whether one he predicts will result in a TD.
  • The roof: Will the roof of Atlanta's Mercedez-Benz Stadium be open or closed at kickoff?
  • Trump tweets: How many tweets will the president deliver all day on Sunday? The over-under is 6. 

WATCH: Love Bug Starski - You've Gotta Believe [VIDEO]

Another Klassic Joint just played on Klassic Joints Radio.

Watch Love Bug Starski's video for "You've Gotta Believe" below:


Big Daddy Kane - Ain't No Half Steppin [VIDEO]

Another Klassic Joint just played on Klassic Joints radio.

Watch Big Daddy Kane's "Aint No Half Steppin" video below:

WATCH: Tupac's Emotional Live Performance of "Dear Mama"

Watch Tupac perform his Klassic Joint "Dear Mama" below:

Positive K - I Got A Man [VIDEO]

Another Klassic Joint just played on Klassic Joints radio!

Watch Positive K's video for "I Got A Man" below:

New Orleans Saints Fans File Lawsuits & Resort To...

New Orleans Saints fans are still livid after being ROBBED of the NFC Championship win against the Los Angeles Rams.

In one of the biggest, most blatant, and worst "no-calls" in NFL history, the Saints were defeated 23-20 as the Rams advance to the Super Bowl. 
Saints season-ticket holders are suing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL for a range of damages including "distrust of the game, mental anguish" and more.

There are even billboards popping up around New Orleans!

Do you think the NFL should give them a rematch?

Tupac's Sex Drawing Sold For...

Tupac's sexual fantasies in the form of a hand-drawn love letter to his girlfriend have been sold in an auction.
According to TMZ, the drawing sold for more than $21k at an auction.
The drawing below now allegedly belongs to a wealthy man in his 60s. 
I guess that's "how he wanted it."

WATCH: DJ Jazzy Jeff's Peter Piper Routine [VIDEO]

Happy Birthday to one of the greatest DJs of all time DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Watch Jazzy Jeff's Peter Piper Routine below:

Happy Birthday Babygirl: Watch 6 Iconic Aaliyah Videos

Today would've been Aaliyah's 40th birthday. RIP Babygirl.

Watch 6 of Aaliyah's videos in honor of her legacy:

Happy Birthday Rick The Ruler: 6 Slick Rick Videos

Happy 54th Birthday to MC Ricky D!

Watch 6 of Rick The Ruler's klassic videos below:

Happy Birthday LL Cool J: 10 of LL's Klassic Joints [VIDEOS]

Happy 51st Birthday LL! Watch a couple of LL' Cool J's klassic joints below:


WATCH: Dame Dash Admits He "Looked The Other Way" At Jay Z & R. Kelly

Nick Cannon posted a clip of his conversation with Dame Dash about Jay-Z and R. Kelly's relationship.

Dame admits he looked the other way when Jay-Z began working with Kelly, who had married Dame's then-girlfriend, Aaliyah, when she was 15 years old.

"That n*gga did a record with the n*gga that raped my girl, that he liked as well. But no one said nothing," Dame says.

Watch the clip below:

Clemson Defeats No. 1 Alabama & Wins National Title

The Clemson Tigers crushed no. 1 ranked team Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game.
Clemson's no. 2 ranked team beat Alabama 44-16. Clemson's freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns.
This was the fourth consecutive playoff meeting between the Tigers and Tide.
Coach Nick Saban and the Tide (14-1) were seeking their sixth national championship in 10 years. 

Beat Battle: Just Blaze's Best Beats [VIDEOS]

Happy Birthday to one of the best producers to ever touch a beat, Just Blaaaaze!

In honor of Blaze's birthday, which beat by Just Blaze is your favorite?

JAY-Z "GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS" from Loon on Vimeo.

WATCH: Nas - Cops Shot The Kid [VIDEO]

Nas released a powerful video for his song "Cops Shot The Kid" off of his NASIR album.

Watch the full video below with a cameo from Slick Rick as the song uses a sample from "Children's Story."

NYC Will Rename Streets After Biggie, Wu-Tang Clan, & Woody Guthrie

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New York's City Council voted unanimously to honor the Notorious B.I.G., the Wu-Tang Clan and Woody Guthrie with street names.
The Brooklyn block where the Biggie grew up on St. James Place between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue  will be renamed Christopher Wallace Way.
Staten Island’s Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street will be called Wu-Tang Clan District.
Woody Guthrie Way will also be at Coney Island’s Mermaid Avenue between West 35th and West 36th.
The street names are pending until Mayor Bill de Blasio signs his approval.

B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J And Busta Rhymes - Hit Em High [VIDEO]

The single Hit ‘Em High by B Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J, and Method Man from the Space Jam soundtrack was released 22 years ago today. 

Watch the video from the classic movie below:

R. Kelly Plans To Sue Everybody Over....

The six-part documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, has reignited the fiery controversy surrounding R. Kelly. 

The series showed many disturbing details of R. Kelly's sexual misconduct with minors, his relationship with Aaliyah, and direct testimonies from survivors.

Sources close to R. Kelly say he's getting ready to "sue everybody who had anything do with this" and is disgusted by the series. 

Although he says he didn't know half the people in the documentary, he believes those who participated have a personal “vendetta” against him.

WATCH: Damon Dash Talks About "Surviving R.Kelly" Documentary & Aaliyah

Dame Dash talks about recently watching the "Surviving R.Kelly" documentary series and his experience dating then underaged artist Aaliyah. 
Dash says although Aaliyah didn't speak much about her relationship with the "Pied Piper," she was distraught and reportedly said he was a "bad man."
Dame says "I’ve been tight about this sh*t for years.”
Watch the full interview with Hip Hop Motivation Corporation below:

Aaliyah's Mother Slams "Surviving R.Kelly" Documentary Claims

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Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton, is disputing claims made by former R. Kelly backup singer Jovante Cunningham in the Surviving R. Kelly docu-series.
Cunningham claims that she saw R.Kelly and then-underage Aaliyah having sex on a tour bus. 

"It just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing…When the [room] door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah,” she says.

Aaliyah's mother released the following statement below refuting those claims.