Rest in Paradise: Big Pun

Today, February 7, 2000, Christopher “Big Punisher” Rios passed away in NYC, New York. Big Pun proves eternal with the constant sampling of his music making many of today’s songs. For example, Eminem sampled Big Pun’s ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ in his chart-topping single, ‘Rap God.’ ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ comes from Big Pun’s solo debut studio…

Music Birthday: Rick James

Today, February 1, 1948, Rick James was born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. in Buffalo, New York City, New York. James was featured on a 2020 single from Anthony Hamilton called ‘Back Together.’  The song, produced by 9th Wonder, pays homage to the 80s classic, ‘Fire and Desire’ by Rick James and Teena Marie.  Hamilton is…

The Notorious B.I.G.: “Ready to Die”

Today, September 13, 1994, The Notorious B.I.G. released his debut studio album “Ready to Die.” This album peaked at no. 15 on the US Billboard 200, and no. 1 on the Billboard’s Catalog Albums Chart.  The first album released on Diddy’s Bad Boy record label, “Ready to Die” remains a classic hip-hop album, inspiring artists…

Music Birthday: Biggie

🔊🙏🏾Today, March 9, 1997, Biggie, Biggie Smalls, Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, passed away from gunshot wounds in Los Angeles, California. His ‘Gimme the Loot’ song has been sampled in Travis Scott’s ‘SICKO MODE,’ from the culturally iconic album “ASTROWORLD.” ‘Gimme the Loot’ is a popular song for producers, having also been sampled in Flatbush…

Music Birthday: Papoose

🔊🥳Today, March 5, 1978, Top-tier emcee Papoose was born Shamele Mackie in Brooklyn, NYC, NY. On March 26, 2013, Papoose released his debut studio album “The Nacirema Dream.” On April 12, 2013, the album peaked at no. 97 on the US Billboard 200. On the same date as it’s peak on the Billboard 200, it…

Music Birthday: Sy Smith

🔊🥳Today, February 18, 1974, Sy Smith-Peterson was born Syretha Olivia Smith in New York City, NY. In 2009, Smith was nominated for an LA Weekly Music Award for Best Contemporary Blues/R&B Artist. The year prior, she released her third studio album “Conflict,” which spawned the Ty Macklin-produced song ‘Fly Away With Me.’ This R&B song…

Music Birthday: Aaliyah

🔊🎉Today, January 16, 1979, Aaliyah Haughton was born in New York City, New York. Her confident ‘More Than a Woman’ single samples ‘Mayada El-Hennawy,’ by Alouli Ansa. Timbaland produced ‘More Than a Woman’ for Aaliyah’s eponymous third, and final studio album. Drake sampled ‘More Than a Woman’ on his ‘Is There More,’ Erica Campbell sampled…

HomageCollage: Notorious B.I.G., “Born Again”

🔊💜Today, December 7, 1999, The Notorious B.I.G. released his first posthumous compilation album, “Born Again.” On Christmas Day 1999, “Born Again” peaked at no. 1 on the US Billboard 200. The first single released in support of “Born Again” was ‘Dead Wrong,’ featuring Eminem, and Diddy’s backing vocals. Song was produced by Chucky Thompson, Diddy,…