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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Jay's album has been archived as a collection of songs and records that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”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?


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