March 9th is always a hard time for me. I actually watched Bigger Than Life this morning, then took a nap. I just couldn't do nothing, reminiscing on the Black Frank White. During my formative middle school years, the music of The Notorious B.I.G. was deep in my life. No one was iller in the northeast (and soon to be the world), and anytime a new remix came out, I knew it word for word (I still remember Philly DJs cutting up the 'Hip-Hop Remix' of "One More Chance" during the summer weekend mixes). Such a big part of my love for Hip-Hop came from Biggie, from the hilarity to the rugged, cut-throat anthems to his just overall skill and talent on the mic. He taught most of the niggas doing it now how to do it, and did it from the grave. My only regret, aside from his killer still not being found, is that he only had a limited body of work for us to celebrate.
And that's what this episode of rock the dub radio is out. I was going to only do an hour, but I had a 22 of Beck's and some free time, so I dedicated both hours to my favorite rapper. Check it out:
01/The Notorious B.I.G. "The Wickedest (Freestyle)"
02/The Notorious B.I.G. "Warning"
03/The Notorious B.I.G. "Who Shot Ya"
04/The Notorious B.I.G. "One More Chance (Hip-Hop Remix)"
05/The Notorious B.I.G. "I Got A Story To Tell"
06/The Notorious B.I.G. ft. 112 "Sky's The Limit"
07/The Notorious B.I.G. ft. The Lox "Will See"
08/Busta Rhymes "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"
09/The Notorious B.I.G. "Joe Clark Interview" b/w "Wake Up Show Interview/Freestyle"
10/Jay-Z ft. The Notorious B.I.G. "Brooklyn's Finest"
11/Jay-Z ft. Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. "A Dream"
12/The Notorious B.I.G. "Party & Bullshit"
13/Crustified Dibbs (aka R.A. The Rugged Man) & The Notorious B.I.G. "Cunt Renaissance"
14/The Notorious B.I.G. "Just Playing (Dreams)"
15/The Notorious B.I.G. "Big Poppa"
16/The Notorious B.I.G. "Me & My Bitch (Live)"
17/Beanie Sigel "I'm In"
18/The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Method Man "The What"
19/The Notorious B.I.G. "Ten Crack Commandments"
20/The Notorious B.I.G. "Kick In The Door"
21/The Notorious B.I.G. "Unbelievable"
22/Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G. "Player's Anthem"
23/Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G. "Get Money"
24/The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony "Notorious Thugs" [Biggie's verse]
25/The Notorious B.I.G. "Ready To Die"
26/The Notorious B.I.G. "Everyday Struggle"
27/The Notorious B.I.G. "Long Kiss Goodnight"
28/The Notorious B.I.G. "Suicidal Thoughts"
29/"You Remember That One Day Summer Past" [interlude]
30/Blake Leyh "The Fall"
RIP, Biggie. Shouts to the Wallace family: keep the faith.
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EDIT I'm throwing this one up for those who never heard it. RIP Big Poppa. I meant to do another one of these but my week/weekend was shot. Hopefully I can get back on track soon; have part 1 of RTD Radio 031 in the can. Enjoy.