Greg Nice: Hip-HopDX Interview

I was never a big Greg Nice fan. I like “Sometimes I Rhyme Slow” as much as any other Golden Era fan. And he definitely adds the energy to any song he’s on (i.e. Beatnuts) but it was cool to read this interview and get the retrospect from a man who  has lived through decades of hip-hop and kept his credibility and persona (unlike LL).  I didn’t realize the strong connection he had to 2Pac and his connection to some of hip-hop’s early heroes.  Its a good read. Interview after the jump.

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Posted on July 27th, 2010

Inspectah Deck Explains “Mind Made Up”

Ever wonder why on 2Pac’s “Mind Made Up”, there is Inspectah Deck’s voice yelling “the Rebel I.N.S.” and then echoes. Watch the video above and now you know… Props to RR.

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Posted on May 26th, 2010

Jonathan Shecter – Picking Up the Nas Illmatic Rough Mix

DJ Beatnick from San Diego put me on to Jonathan Shecter (aka Shecky Green). Although, I didn’t remember the name, I knew his story.  He was one of the co-founders of the Source when it was just a newsletter at Harvard which turned to the most influential hip-hop magazine at its peak.  He left before the Benzino/David Mays debacle.  Anyways, he nows lives in Vegas, makes the Hip-Hop Honey DVDs, and plays Poker at the high stakes level.  Occassionally, you can catch him on Twitter, telling stories from the Source days or earlier.  A site called Shecky Stories has compiled his Twitter stories for your ADD entertainment. Below is the gem of a story of when he got the rough mix to Nas’ Illmatic and what The Source staff’s reaction was to it at their first hearing.  Pretty amazing.  Check out Shecky Stories for stories on Biggie and 2Pac as well.

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Posted on March 22nd, 2010

Biggie Smalls or Biggy Smallz? (article)

A dope writeup was found at the home of geniuses, Grand Good.  Its an in-depth article on the history of B.I.G.’s “Biggie Smalls” moniker.  I thought I knew the history  but there seems to be a lot more to it. I also found it was a character in Pottier/Cosby movie sequel.  Tupac fans will get a kick of the full article after the jump.

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Posted on October 14th, 2009

Skillz – Hip-Hop Confessions (video)

Skillz starts a new video series called Hip-Hop Confessions.  The title pretty much says it all. He’s just bringing some much needed honesty to the game, especially us fans of the culture and music.  Instead of Keep It Real, let’s Keep It Honest – word to JGilla.  Its refreshing and emapthetic to hear these guys admit the things they have.

I’ll give you my hip-hop confession…

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Posted on April 8th, 2009

LA Times says “I’m sorry about that Biggie/2pac thing”

The LA Times issued a front-page apology for slackin on their mackin when it comes to checking their info and sources. So, in the end, that Biggie and Diddy set up Pac conspiracy is still false. Watch J. Smooth’s full breakdown of the LA TImes mess up after the jump…

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Posted on March 27th, 2008