MJ Day – Happy Birthday #KingOfPop

Posted on: August 29, 2011
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Who didn’t this man influence?  Happy birthday to the greatest entertainer that ever lived.  #KingofPop

We Miss You – Aaliyah

Posted on: August 25, 2011
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Aaliyah – Miss You

You will always be missed, never forgotten, and forever part of our lives.

Diddy & Shyne – March 17, 2001. How Would Hip-Hop Have Changed Today?

Posted on: March 17, 2011
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Exactly 10 years ago the NY Times posted a headline in regards to Sean Combs (I think he was going by Puffy at the time, known today as Diddy though) and Jamal Barrow aka Shyne in reference to the night club shooting in December of 1999.  The headline read, “HIP-HOP STAR CLEARED OF CHARGES IN SHOOTING AT A MANHATTAN CLUB” (click on the headline to read the article).

In a nutshell Puffy, Jennifer Lopez (Diddy’s girlfriend at the time), Shyne and their bodyguard entourage attend a nightclub in Manhattan.  Words exchange between Diddy’s crew and another man in the club who apparently threatens Shyne’s life verbally.  Then gun shots are fired wildly in the club wounding a few patrons.  There was testimony that both Diddy and Shyne were seen firing weapons.  Case goes to trial, J. Lo breaks up with Puffy, Puffy hires Johnny Cochran and Co as defense for him, Shyne is appointed a different lawyer, then Diddy is acquitted of charges and Shyne is sentenced to 10 years in prison. (That’s the quick version, do your research for the whole story)

With all of that being said and seeing Diddy’s contribution to hip-hop within that time frame, how much different would the culture be if Diddy served time in prison with or rather than Shyne?  For instance the “Making the Band” show would have never taken place. Diddy played a huge part in getting Notorious (the film about Notorious BIG) made, that may have been compromised.  Sort of mind boggling when you think about it, but something to think about nonetheless.  What’s your point of view?

R.I.P. Nate Dogg

Posted on: March 16, 2011
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Today we lost Nate Dogg, arguably one of the best ‘hookmen’ in hip-hop.  Not just hooks though, he contributed a lot to the culture.  He came into the game with many of the legends that are still around like Dr. Dre & Snoop.  I’m posting “Regulators” because this was one of the first times I really remember hearing his sound.  Not to mention, Warren G “Regulate…G Funk Era” was the first CD that I got for Christmas of ’94, #hiphopconfession.  I know he did some work on “The Chronic” but this is where I REALLY noticed him. What’s your first memory of Nate Dogg?

RIP Nate, your hooks raised a lot of us urban 80s babies.

“Are Hip-Hop Fans Fickle?”

Posted on: March 15, 2011
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Joe Budden and co. have an interesting debate regarding the fans of hip-hop.  As a fan, how do you feel?  If you haven’t seen the HHC episode with Jumpoff, it’s not too late click here.  <<SHAMELESS PLUG

**EXCLUSIVE** Danja Mowf’s Audio Poem for Lauryn Hill

Posted on: December 29, 2009
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In HHC episode 3: The Richmond Chronicles, producer/artist Danja Mowf shared an exclusive story about his celebrity crush on Lauryn Hill. This epic story was equipped with detailed information on how the producer found his way backstage at one of her Fugee shows in Hampton, VA. He recounts how he snuck in behind the late Biggie Smalls and caught her attention. At one point in the story he mentions how he wrote and recorded an audio poem for the songstress. Well, he finally released it… Extremely rare & possibly embarrassing, but undeniably full of talent and thought. Hats off to you Danja and thanks for the exclusive, we are still waiting on the recorded phone conversations now LOL!! Click the hyperlink below and enjoy…

(follow Danja Mowf on twitter: @danjamowf)

DANJA MOWF POEM FOR LAURYN HILL

For all of our Twitter followers

Posted on: December 8, 2009
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Hip-Hop Confessions has the best followers on Twitter HANDS DOWN!!! We want to thank you for supporting us. We are on a mission to make #hiphopconfessions a trending topic. If you are subscribed to Twitter, please let us know your Hip-Hop Confessions by typing “#hiphopconfessions” followed by your confession. Here are a few that have featured already:

  • @KWAMEDIDIT#hiphopconfessions When i was 17 my vid aired 4 the 1st time,I Went outside 2 c if anyone recognized me.they didnt
  • @TheDramaKing #hiphopconfession In 1981 I got kicked out of The Zulu Nation Anniversary in Bronx River 3 times in 1 nite 4 Smoking dust
  • @DonCannon #hiphopconfessions @THEREALYOYO IS STILL BAD!
  • @MCjulianMC #hiphopconfessions Aesop Rock was once my favorite rapper. smh cant even understand what the fuck he is ever trying to see.
  • @DJDRAMA #hiphopconfessions 1st CD (not cassette) i ever had was @mchammer “Please Hammer dont hurt em” A christmas gift frm my cousin!!
  • @DonCannon #hiphopconfessions ME & @DJDRAMA WAS THE 1st PEOPLE UP ON KANYE WEST & JOE BUDDEN WHEN THE GAME HAD KNOW CLUE & LUPE!
  • @RealTalibKweli #hiphopconfessions I used to have dreadlocks. Thick ones. Not Murs thick, but wow.
  • @DonCannon #hiphopconfessions WHEN I DJED AT COLLEGE 50 CENT CAME TO C.A.U AS NAS’S GOON…HAHAHAHAHAA @DJDRAMA MEMBER THAT

We want to hear yours now!

Who’s on Your Top 5 / Not 5?

Posted on: August 31, 2009
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So in Hip-Hop Confessions episode 2.2, we ask Nottz and Joe Buddens the questions, “Who is on your Top 5 and who will NEVER be on your Top 5?”. The answers we got were very interesting.

SKILLZ:
Top 5:

  1. Rakim
  2. Big Daddy Kane
  3. KRS-One
  4. Ice Cube
  5. Black Thought

Not 5: Only got a chance to name 2

  1. Pras
  2. U-God

NOTTZ:
Nottz played it safe with is Top/Not 5. Rightfully so! He’s a producer that is still in the game heavily and his income relies on other rappers paying him for his service so we will accept that.

Top 5:

  1. Skillz
  2. Joe Buddens
  3. Pac
  4. Biggie
  5. Big Pun

Not 5:
The only one he named was Soulja Boy.

JOE BUDDENS:
Top 5:

  1. Pac
  2. Big Daddy Kane
  3. Rakim
  4. Jay-Z
  5. Eminem

Not 5:

  1. Young Berg
  2. MC Brains
  3. Cappadonna
  4. Lil’ Romeo
  5. Tone Loc

So now we ask you, who are your top 5 emcees and 5 that would NEVER make your top 5?

Ready to Die vs. Life After Death

Posted on: July 18, 2009
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This discussion recently came up with Truck North, Skillz, & Black Thought. Was Biggie’s Ready to Die album better than Life After Death? Truth is, I could listen to both albums damn near all the way through which is very rare. I give LAD more created for this because it is a double album and that is EXTREMELY RARE! Many greats have tried to do it and weren’t successful in my opinion (we won’t say names because we will save those for later discussions, LOL).

Ready to Die was the introduction, it established Big’s hunger, his motivations, and even his obviously occasional self-hatred for his own life (“Suicidal Thoughts”). I think we got to learn Big’s thought process in that album, which to me is what a good first album does, builds rapport. Then Life After Death was the expansion of his sense of humor and his talent. Somewhere between the first and second album he became accepting of what his abilities were as an emcee and probably saw the importance of his music on the masses. So his content altered into topics that were more universal, and cinematic. There is no question that Big was one of the best storytellers hip-hop ever encountered. I always felt that The Black Alfred Hitchcock fit him better than The Black Frank White, but both aliases have their own connotation.

So my biggest analogy would be that the progression of his albums went from a documentary about cocaine like Cocaine Cowboys to a film like Scarface. Both of them are detailed in the causes and effects of their subject and are entertaining, but one is more RAW than the other. No hate, no animosity, but I personally give more credit to Life After Death than Ready to Die for being more universal in appeal, more polished in its delivery as an album, and just as entertaining as the previous without the listener losing their sense of who Biggie was/is as an emcee. What are your thoughts?

Do You Want to Come Clean?

Posted on: July 9, 2009
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Ok, Ok.. I will start this off first… I’m an east coast head born and raised. I have never listened to Rakim. I hear excerpts of stuff that he put out, but I never listened to him. I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what he looked like until that track he dropped a video for on “The 18th Letter” album.. I know that is bad. Your turn…