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Common speaks on swagger jacking The Notorious B.I.G.
Iâ€™m going to go on a limb and say The Notorious B.I.G. is hip-hopâ€™s most quoted lyricist. Everyone from frequent borrowers like Beanie Sigel to one-time leasers (Nasâ€™ bodyguard) has nabbed a line or two from Brooklynâ€™s portly poet. In fact, itâ€™s hard to name a rapper who hasnâ€™t jocked Biggieâ€™s fresh at least once. Among my favorite
swagger jacking sessions tributes is last yearâ€™s â€œAnnouncement,â€ by Commonâ€”not because heâ€™d so profoundly flipped C. Wallaceâ€™s words. Itâ€™s because he takes on the Bad Boy posture for just long enough, spitting â€œSee them rappers, they be duckinâ€™/when Comâ€™ be buckinâ€™/in the kitchen fuckinâ€™/on the sink/Got my momma a minkâ€¦,â€ never missing a step in his flow. But later, he snaps back into his backpacker mold, rhyming â€œIâ€™ll probably go to jail forâ€”nah, that ainâ€™t me/I style crazy/And net like Jay-Z.â€ Itâ€™s like Comâ€™s so hardcore, caught up in Pharrellâ€™s guitar interpretation of Biggieâ€™s b-side classic â€œDreams,â€ then has that realization, where he finds himself back in the crochet pants and sweater. On this 12th anniversary of Biggieâ€™s death, I thought of an exchange I had with Common when talking about his â€œAnnouncementâ€ record last year. Hereâ€™s what the Chi-Town MC had to say.
You went extra hard with the Biggie Smalls references on â€œAnnouncement.â€
It was a tribute to Biggie, paying homage. Pharrell already put [the song] into that family. The guitar made me think of â€œDreams of Fucking an R&B Bitch,â€ so I went on my Biggie thing. Biggie is an incredible person when it comes to style.
Was he a big influence in you flipping your flows?
Biggie is a prime example of someone that rides tracks. I could remember being in the Chi and listening to the radio [when] I first heard â€œUnbelievable.â€ I was like, â€œMan, this is some of the most incredible music Iâ€™ve ever heard.â€ I wanted the DJ to just play it again. As soon as I heard, â€œLive from Bedford-Stuyvesant/ the livest one/ Representing BK to the fullestâ€¦â€ Ooooh, thatâ€™s a flow right there!
Listen to â€œAnnouncementâ€ here:
Christopher Wallace wouldâ€™ve been 36 years old. List your favorite Biggie tributes in the comments. And check out DJ Drama and Cookinâ€™ Soulâ€™s The Notorious B.I.G. Tribute mixtape here http://www.cookinsoul.com/CSDRAMABIG.zip
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