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Hmm. Not sure what to make of this.
An Italian-inspired restaurant in Washington, DC is planning to host a hip-hop dinner to honor slain rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac in February. For the menu, which hit Twitter earlier this week, Graffiato is serving “thug rice,” which is cuddle fish ink risotto, crawfish, crispy clams, cauliflower. There’s also “blood money sausage” and “Chocolate Chip Blunts” on the three-course meal.
After Graffiato, chef Mike Isabella, a former Top Chef contestant, heard of the criticism of the menu, he told DCist the menu is simply a “work in progress,” reports The Grio. The menu has since been taken down with the only mention of it in this press release on the Graffiato website.
The dinner is to take place Feb. 2 and cost $65 per person.
“Restaurateur Mike Isabella gave Y&H the following statement via his publicist, who says he’s not available for an interview: ‘The Graffiato dinner on February 2 is a celebration of hip hop from two of the greatest artists of the 90s. The menu is still a work in progress, and dishes will be inspired by songs, lyrics and classic east and west coast dishes’,” reports Washington City Paper.
Lil Kim is devoted to keeping Biggie’s memory alive. In fact, she says that she visits him in spirit everyday.
“I visit his spirit everyday and this week is the 20th anniversary of Ready To Die, so yeah, it’s a pretty amazing thing,” the new mom tells Hello Beautiful. “You know the crazy thing is when I was recording this ‘Hard Core’ mixtape? I felt BIG’s spirit in a lot of the songs I was doing.
The ‘Gotti’ record, I felt his spirit a little. Even when I was doing ‘Whenever You See Me,’ ‘Trendsetter,’ when I was recording those songs, I felt his spirit and I definitely feel like he was with me with this project.”
The 40-year-old also addressed rumors that her deceased mentor and lover used to write her rhymes.
“Well, I look at it like this, after Biggie died, I had hit after hit after hit. So, I guess that answers the question. Anybody who has written with me in the studio knows I get busy. I wrote a whole song with Swizz Beatz, I wrote a whole song in front of B.Hot. I write in front of people, so that’s a joke to me.
It makes me laugh. I love writing with people. That’s something we’ve always done in ciphers. We rapped with each other and that was something that was always fun. I’ve also written for P.Diddy. if you look on the “No Way Out” album, I have credit on a song that I’m not even on. So, let’s just be real.”
It’s interesting that this is still something she has to defend so many years after his death.
When artists have beef with each other, the easiest way to let the other person know what’s up is to put it in a song. Many of the rappers and singers who made this list have been known to cause controversy and have no problem speaking their mind. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable and funny beefs in hip hop.
Sorry to excite you — or incite more conspiracy theories that 2Pac might really be alive — but isn’t this visual pretty spot on? Last week Buzzfeed created a gallery showing what dead music artists of our age would look like had they stayed on earth just a little while longer, and they captured some of the most iconic stars of our kind from every genre, like Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Aaliyah, and, of course, Pac.
Though I’m sure Pac probably wouldn’t have gone from a supremely shaven bald head in his younger years to trying to hold on to this slowly receding hairline later in life, the caption Buzzfeed provided, “Director Tupac Shakur and his wife Jada Pinkett Shakur arrive at the after-party for the premiere of Shakur’s lastest film in New York City,” is probably just about right. Sorry Will!
Check out the photos and Buzzfeed’s prophesies for what these starlets would be doing now had they not passed away so soon. What do you think?
Singer, actress, and designer Aaliyah joins this season’s cast of American Idol as a judge.
There are some celebrity men who just seem to get a lot of women. While some of them may be moderately attractive, we suspect that if they didn’t have that moo-la that wouldn’t be baggin the women like they do.
You may know by now that I have a…primal attraction toward Waka. And while I think he’s a hood cutie, his unintelligible speech, ratchet lyrical content and the fact that his mom wears plastic hair make Waka pretty much undateable. And while he might have had a bit of luck before the fame because of his looks, if he didn’t have a successful rap career, most women wouldn’t pay Waka too much attention.
Hey loves! The weekend is almost over and while your favorite celebs were pretty quiet this week (it was a boxing weekend, after all), I managed to pull a few tidbits for you. Check it out!!
Some of our favorite duets have come from celebrities who were actual couples or…had a “connection,” if you get my drift. Some of the songs came from places of genuine love while others came from some good ol’ “gangsta, boo lovin’.” Some of the couples lasted, some didn’t. Either way, they’ve made some beautiful music together (well, it at least had you in your groove).
by Gresham Harkless and Selam Aster
Rappers often give ”shout-outs” to their childhood neighborhoods and pile on the descriptions of their home environments to illustrate their overcoming of hardship, to demonstrate respect for fellow friends, family, and supporters that have hailed from their birthplace, or to better autobiographically detail their original works.
These lyrics will often convey images of widespread economic turmoil, violence, and general strife within a rapper’s former dwellings. From Bed-Stuy to the Southside of Chicago, the county’s most depressed areas have been glamorized and popularized throughout the world thanks to rapper’s far –reaching lyrics and storytelling; however, many would agree that certain locales have been stigmatized by these recollections of rappers, who have lived 5, 10, or even 15 years outside of the neighborhoods they wax poetic about (hello Jay-Z).
We decided to take a look at how these neighborhoods have changed and if they still reflect the testaments of some of our favorite rappers. The tie that binds all these mentioned hoods is crack – the destructive drug that ravaged most Black American neighborhoods in the 1980s and shaped the experiences of all these rappers as they were coming up.
But since then, some hoods have improved, some have gentrified, some have stayed the same, and some have sadly gotten worse.
The Notorious B.I.G, is one of the main rappers, who has seared the image of a rough and rowdy Brooklyn on the minds of many all over the world. He repped Bed-Stuy, although now his childhood home is more associated with the neighborhood Clinton Hill, which was once known for its crime rates, drug violence and homicides during his youth.
Wallace, after dropping out of high school at the age of seventeen, stirred trouble for himself after becoming involved in the local drug dealing scene, like his hood-mate Jay-Z. Although Biggie was brought up in a crime-ridden, crack-infested area of Brooklyn, if he wa still alive today, he may not recognize his blocks anymore.
That’s because bakeries, galleries, boutiques, and organic markets have replaced many of the old facets of the “ghetto.” Housing prices have flourished in the last fifteen years in the Clinton Hill area and the demand for real estate in Bed-Stuy and many other once-crime-ridden sections of Brooklyn have drove prices up dramatically. Biggie’s childhood apartment unit/condo last sold for $575,000 in 2011. Now, that tells a story.
By Eric L. Hinton
For the rare few that get to experience it…fame is fleeting. A hit single, or random guest spot on the reality TV show of the moment gives a few fame mongers their 10 minutes before they slip back into mediocrity. Some, like Amy Winehouse, wither and self-destruct tragically under the white hot supernova of celebrity, while an elite group of others ride the ups and downs of fame most of their adult lives…think Tom Cruise or music phenoms like Madonna.
Then there are the very very select few for whom fame extends… even grows… into their deaths. In life they were celebrities, but in death Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Jimmy Hendrix, Elvis… more recently Michael Jackson, they’ve become iconic.
Included on that eclectic list are Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls. The two men, former friends turned bitter rivals murdered at their creative peaks within 6 months of each other, are now linked in death in the minds of millions of fans much as they were in life.
Jeffrey Ogbar, professor of history and Associate Dean of the Humanities at the University of Connecticut, has researched the impact both men had during their lives and the sway that they both continue to have in death. “If they had been marginal figures at the time of their deaths this wouldn’t have happened,” said Ogbar, author of Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap. “But because they were the two biggest figures in the industry at the time, it made them attractive figures for canonization as hip hop icons.”
An inmate who is currently serving a life sentence for a unrelated crimes, confessed to All Hip Hop that he was involved in the 1994 shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur. Dexter Issac claims that James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond paid him $2,500 to shoot the rapper in a Manhattan studio. Henchman is the former manager for the Game and is currently on the run from federal authorities for his alleged involvement in cocaine dealing.