About My Pick: I love 2Pac. He was the first rapper I really became a fan of, and I think this track was my first favorite from him. It’s thoughtful, and came at a time when people were giving gangsta rap a hard time. I miss 2Pac.
—- The Exchange 007: BIG Favorite tracks by or featuring Notorious BIG.
Marcia | Player’s Anthem – Junior Mafia feat. The Notorious B.I.G. Panama | Dead Wrong – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Eminem Cye | Warning – The Notorious B.I.G. Liz | B Side – Da Brat feat. The Notorious B.I.G. Ouxu | Big Poppa – The Notorious B.I.G. OJ | Unbelievable – The Notorious B.I.G.
Jen | It’s All About the Benjamins – Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim & The Lox
Sam | Who’s On the Microphone – Gang Starr feat. The Notorious B.I.G. BK | Lean Back (Remix) – The Notorious B.I.G. Eyejammy | The What – The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Method Man Kate | Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.
Get Yours: Streaming on Muxtape & available for download at Zshare. About My Pick: If seventh grade it was all about 2Pac, eighth grade was all about Biggie. I spent my eighth grade year in Tucumcari, New Mexico, which is essentially the middle of nowhere. I lacked cable and there is no urban radio near Tucumcari, so I’m not sure how I got wind of Biggie Smalls. Somehow Biggie managed to get me through that year though. “B Side” by Da Brat feat Biggie was particularly interesting to me because of the video. Da Brat’s hair was so cool. I know I wanted to wear my hair like Da Brat’s back then, but I wasn’t brave enough to do it. Still, I guess I liked her because her hair was cool, and I could appreciate her tomboyishness, as I was one too (I think I still am, I’m just in denial). Oh, and the lyrics are great, too.
If you didn’t know, let me tell you: it is hot in Los Angeles. This weekend felt like the first weekend of summer for Los Angelinos. I didn’t want to go anywhere. Just walking outside made me feel like I was going to sweat too much and mess up my hair.
I ended up hanging out with some old and new friends, and I think I’ve discovered I am officially old. My friend Jus hosted a BBQ by the pool. I hadn’t seen him in what feels like years for some reason. It was great seeing everybody, and meeting a bunch of new people. After that, we walked over to campus where De la Soul and Lupe Fiasco were performing. De La had a good set. I think Lupe’s set was cool, but I can’t remember because my legs were in pain from standing around all day. All I could think about was how good it would feel when I got to sit down again.
Lupe took forever to get on stage. I was bitter. But, he performed Daydreamin’ and I felt better. I missed Superstar, but I’ll get over it.
At the late night hour of midnight, I was ready to go home. Beat. I couldn’t go any further. No after party.