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Faith Evans Remembers Biggie: Their Most Romantic Moment And Best Memories

March 9th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Faith Evans remembers Biggie.

Faith Evans talks about the 18th anniversary of Christopher “Notorious B.I.G” Wallace’s death, her kids, new music, and their most romantic times as a couple.

Squashed: Faith Evans Extends Olive Branch Toward Lil Kim

February 16th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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With everybody and they mama beefing these days, it’s nice to see grown adults put the silliness behind them and move on to something more positive and uplifting. That’s what it looks like Faith Evans is trying to do with her longtime…(is nemesis too strong?), Lil Kim.

In case you’ve been sleeping on pop culture for the last two decades, you know that Lil Kim, Faith Evans and Biggie were in a very messy love triangle. And the death of their shared love interest, didn’t exactly subdue the fire.

But that was years and years and years ago.

And during this past All Star Weekend both Faith and Lil Kim were performing at Diddy’s All Star Weekend concert “The Tip Off.”

So when Faith and Kim were at the rehearsal together, Faith took the time to give props to Kim via her Instagram.

See what she said below.

As of now, Lil Kim has yet to acknowledge it or reciprocate but kudos to Faith for being the bigger woman. That drama is literally decades old at this point. They’ve both moved on to other relationships, with children and everything else. Certainly, it’s time for it all to be water under the bridge.

Hip Hop Menu Gone Wrong: DC Restaurant Plans Odd Biggie, 2Pac Tribute Dinner

December 23rd, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Mike Isabella, owner of Graffiato, former "Top Chef" contestant. Via Facebook.

Mike Isabella, owner of Graffiato, former “Top Chef” contestant. Via Facebook.

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 Says She Still ‘Visits’ Biggie’s ‘Spirit’

September 25th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

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.”


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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.

Bow Down Or Bow Out? Diss Songs That Caused Dumb Drama

April 19th, 2013 - By Davisha Davis
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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.

Pac Is That You? Buzzfeed Shows What Dead Musicians Would Look Like If They Were Alive Today

April 8th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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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?

Source: Buzzfeed

Source: Buzzfeed

Aaliyah, 34

Singer, actress, and designer Aaliyah joins this season’s cast of American Idol as a judge.

Would You Get Any If You Weren’t Famous? 10 Celeb Men Who Would Struggle Without The Money

November 16th, 2012 - By Renay Alize
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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.

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Waka Flocka

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.

WEEKEND WRAP-UP! The IRS Wants Faith Evans! Who’s Headed Back To Jail? + MORE!

May 6th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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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!!

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More Than Just Music: Dynamic Duets Who Also Dated

May 5th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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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).

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Neighborhood Watch: The Evolution of 6 Rappers’ Hoods

August 4th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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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.


“So I guess you know the story, the rap-side, crack-side; how I smoked funk, smacked b_tches on the backside; Bed-Stuy, the place where my head rests” – Biggie Smalls

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.