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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.
(Black Voices) — CBS Los Angeles is now reporting new evidence that officers within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) may have played a role in the death of rapper Christopher Wallace, also known as the Notorious B.I.G and Biggie Smalls. Wallace was murdered March 9, 1997. According to witnesses, a lone gunman in the driver’s seat of a black Chevy Impala pulled up to the truck, where Wallace was sitting in the passenger seat, and opened fire. Wallace died shortly thereafter.
The Wallace family filed suit against the LAPD in 2005, bringing forth additional evidence that implicated LAPD officers in the death of Christopher Wallace. The two officers under suspicion are David Mack and Rafael Perez. Both Perez and Mack are in prison now for unrelated crimes, Mack for bank robbery and Perez for stealing cocaine. The new evidence involves an alleged conversation between Perez and a cellmate in the L.A. County jail. Mack and Perez were reportedly close confidants with Death Row Records, the label that represented rap artist Tupac Shakur, who was involved in a highly publicized dispute with Biggie.
Last Friday, CNN reported that a task force of various local and federal law enforcement are actively pursuing news leads in the 13-year-old homicide case of one of hip-hop’s most beloved and talented MCs, Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, who was gunned down in 1997 after leaving an industry party in Las Angeles.
According to one law enforcement source, the investigation into the unsolved case was “reinvigorated” months ago as a result of new information. However, law enforcement agents are being tight-lipped as to what this new evidence is and if the information is enough to finally charge someone, or some ones, in the case.
Prior to his death, Wallace had been warned to stay away from the West Coast, in large part because of possible retaliation in the death of Tupac Shakur, famed West Coast rapper and Wallace’s hip-hop nemesis, who had been shot six months prior in Las Vegas.
While both murders have been the subject of intense debate, conspiracy theories and investigation, there has not been a single thread of evidence revealed, which might link them both. Furthermore, the ongoing lack of evidence in both cases continues to leave their families, as well as their fans, discouraged, if not disillusioned by the lack of progression in getting these murders solved.
Due to the lack of attention in both cases, some fans have turned into junior sleuths and constructed theories of their own, including one assumption that Shakur, who at the time was on Death Row Records, and Wallace, who was a member of Bad Boy Entertainment, were both the victims of rap’s West Coast vs. East Coast rivalries, which had dangerously spilled off wax.
Another theory suggests that Wallace’s murder was orchestrated by the L.A. Police Department, a theory which Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, had argued in her 2002 lawsuit. That lawsuit, which also suggested that the LAPD involvement is the main reason why the investigation had been thwarted, was eventually dismissed.
The reality is that the mysteries behind the Biggie & Tupac murders will probably never be solved. Despite both shootings occurring in a public setting with the presence of many witnesses, no real evidence has been collected and folks refuse to come forward, while the case by the original investigators has been botched beyond repair.
And although there have been plenty of mistakes made in both cases, the reality is that Shakur and Wallace’s own reputations might play the most instrumental part in why either death might never get solved. With their street-life praising lyrics and overly-hype male bravado, both rappers’ public persona played quaintly into the narrative of “no snitching” and other loyalties to the codes of the street, which makes it easier for law enforcement to remain indifferent.
The mystery surrounding the deaths of Biggie and Tupac have all the elements of a typical inner city crime: a drive-by shooting, a dead body and uncooperative witnesses. Without any suspects, there will be no arrest. And without any arrest, there is only wide speculation and legend, which unfortunately, is always more profitable than the actual truth.
Charing Ball is the author of the blog People, Places & Things.