Aug 01, 2014
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Posts tagged: The Notorious B.I.G.

Heds & Dreds: A Brief History of Jamaican Women Talking Smack on Rap Records

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Remember when having a Jamaican chick talking trash in thick patois was a thing in hip-hop? Dr. Dre kind of set it off on the intro to his classic “Let Me Ride” from The Chronic. Two years later, Biggie (and producer Poke of Trackmasters) had a young Diana King adlibbing something fierce at the beginning of “Respect,” from Ready to Die.

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Toppa Top 50: Fifty Great Jamaicans


Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Toppa Top 9: Kardinal Offishall on the Greatest Jamaican MCs


Words by Kardinal Offishall, as told to Jesse Serwer—
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Biggie 101: The Notorious B.I.G. x Jamaica

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Exactly a year ago, we published one of our most ambitious and most popular Toppa Top 10 lists, highlighting the influence of Jamaican culture on the lyrics of the Notorious B.I.G, from lamb’s bread weed references to collaborations with JA singer Diana King and Super Cat. As we celebrate what would have been the iconic Brooklyn rapper’s 40th birthday today, on the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, we’re back in that state of mind. Check out some of our favorite yard-ified Biggie tunes below, or read the whole Toppa Top 10 here.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Super Cat Tunes

Words by Jesse Serwer, DJ Gravy, Sherman Escoffery and Micro Don—
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Toppa Top 10: Supa Dups’ Top 10 Jamerican Collaborations


Selections by Supa Dups, Words by LargeUp

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