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York: She never had a problem writing. She just always went a little Lauryn Hill–ish. When she heard the “Get Money” beat, she went really gangsta backpack. Big came in and said, “No, I’m doing my verse; here’s where to go.” “Niggas, better grab your seats/Deeper than a pussy…”—Big wrote that part. Then after 8, 12 bars, she wrote it herself. Hard Core is 70 percent written by her too.” 

Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie (producer): The attitude she put in those lyrics was hers, but the bounce and the flow, where to breathe and where not to breathe, those had to be taught—certain pockets that on her own she might not have hit because those were Big’s pockets.

Rivera: He’d write a rhyme, and then she’d write a rhyme. We would compare it, and a lot of times we liked hers better. But [Big] would say, “Nah, nah, we gonna put this in.” 

Jackson: Kim is not a fast writer; it might take Kim a day or two. When [Biggie’s] “Queen Bitch” [reference track] leaked—“Queen Bitch, Supreme Bitch, I kill a nigga by any means, bitch”—people tried to give Biggie credit for writing all of Kim’s stuff. That wasn’t the case.

Lil’ Cease: We were still just teenagers when everything blew up. We’re looking at Billboard and seeing our names. People are recognizing us. We didn’t do good at all with the contract. It was nine of us; you’re not getting much. We didn’t care about that. 

York: The plan was always to spin off Junior M.A.F.I.A into separate groups and have separate albums. 

Daddy-O: We never [accomplished] what Junior M.A.F.I.A was supposed to be. Part of it was because Cease and them were scared. Literally, the first time we went to go get them to the studio they were hiding. Kim was the only step-up player. She was ready to go. 

While Kim was recording Hard Core under B.I.G.’s tutelage, it was clear to almost everyone around that their partnership was beyond business. 

Monica “Shaka Don” Dopwell (friend and former road manager): During Junior M.A.F.I.A’s album [Conspiracy], Kim was staying at Nino’s [mother’s] crib on St. James Place, up the street from Big’s building. It was convenient for her ’cause they were going on the road a lot. That’s where Big used to come and check for her. 

York: I knew Big and Kim were involved from the very beginning. But we all just kept it quiet and didn’t talk about it. I think at some point she fell in love with him, and he didn’t take it that serious. She would have to look out while she was recording and see him laughing and hugged up with some girl. 

Rivera: If she found out about a situation, it could mess up the whole studio night ’cause she’d just dwell on that. She’d flip her lid; he’d flip his lid. The next day it cleared up, we’d be back to work.

Shaka Don: One time at the Hit Factory, a bunch of us [started] fighting because some chicks came to Kim’s studio session because Big said they could. When Big came, it got even worse. He was choking Kim in the studio elevator. That was the first time I literally saw them fighting. D-Roc [Damien Butler] was in the elevator with them trying to break it up. I used to tell her, “Come on, you have to let this go.” Sometimes a man can kill your self-esteem. And when he got mad with her, he would do that.

 

 

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It's no secret. Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have been working hard to pair up some of hip-hop and R&B's biggest stars for their Verzuz celebratory battles. To date, the duo has successfully hosted 24 of these events on Instagram Live and their streaming partner, Apple Music. Now, what you rarely hear about are the matches that could have been. In a live conversation following D'Angelo's damn-near-solo set—that many R&B lovers didn't know they needed—Swizz Beatz and Timbaland revealed how the soulful crooner was originally scheduled to take part in Verzuz alongside fellow "neo-soul" singer Maxwell.

"I'm not gonna lie. That sh*t took very long. Let's give people the story," starts Swizz. "What was supposed to happen was D'Angelo versus Maxwell on Valentine's Day. That didn't work out, but the fact that D'Angelo was still ready to go and still motivated, we had to celebrate him— matter who was on stage with him. We had to celebrate that king because, as you can see, those songs that he played tonight, man, that's real music."

He continues: "This is a celebrational stage and we couldn't play around with him. We had to let him get his garden because he showed up and showed out. That man pulled up to Verzuz three hours early. D'Angelo was the earliest person in Verzuz history tonight so don't get him showing up [at] the time he did mixed up with the pre-show which was by DJ Scratch."

Message received, but could you imagine how many more ladies would've gotten their lives on that night of love? Can you imagine the attempted falsetto singing done by viewers on that special and rare night? It would've been nice to see D'Angelo and Maxwell on the same bill, that's for sure.

Watch Swizz and Timbo talk about the match that could have been while clearing the air about D'Angelo's start-time at around the 4-minute and 20-second mark of the video below.

 

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Bobby Shmurda Returns Home After Serving 6 Years In Prison

After serving 6 years, Bobby Shmurda is finally out. The rapper, born Ackquille Pollard, was granted a conditional release from the New York state prison, Clinton Correctional Facility, on Tuesday morning (Feb. 23) and will serve the remainder of his 7-year sentence on parole. According to reports, Shmurda “will be under community supervision in Kings County until he completes his sentence on February 23, 2026.”

In true celebrity fashion, Shmurda was brought home in a private jet this morning. Earlier this week, Migos' Quavo told Billboard that he would do the honor of picking him up upon Bobby's release. "I'm going to get my guy. I'm personally gonna go pick up Bobby Shmurda. I'm bout to go get him. I'm gonna let him show you how I'm gonna pick him up, yessir. It's gonna be big."

And that he did.

 

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In December 2014, Shmurda was arrested at New York City's Quad Studios and was charged with conspiracy to murder, criminal possession of a weapon, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and reckless endangerment follow a two-year probe by the New York Police Department. In 2016, the former Epic Records signee and his childhood friend Rowdy Rebel accepted a plea deal and were sentenced to 7 years in prison.

“They kind of did it dirty at the end of the day,” Bobby explained in a phone interview with VIBE back in 2016. “They had offered me five (years) but then they said if I take the seven, then I’ll be taking it so that they could give Rowdy seven because they were going to offer him 12. I didn’t want my bro to do 12 years because at the end of the day, we didn’t really do nothing, but they playing dirty. So I’m going to take one for the bro.”

Now that Bobby is out, he'll be spending time with family and friends and getting his head back into creating new music. Watch his FaceTime call with his mother, Leslie, down below.

Welcome back, Bobby.

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Fat Joe, Jim Jones and Bronx Community Celebrate Fred The Godson's Street Naming On His Birthday

Today (Feb. 22), the great MC, Fred The Godson, was honored posthumously with a street naming by his Bronx community and hip-hop industry comrades. Among the dozens of those that showed love to the rapper that passed away in April 2020 due to COVID-19 were BX native Fat Joe and Harlem repper Jim Jones. The street's South Bronx location of Leggett avenue and Kelly street will now also be called Fredrick "Fred The Godson" Thomas Way.

While snow fell heavily, the crowd of supporters and the organizers stood strong and watched as the sign was unveiled to cheers of joy. The Fred The Godson Foundation worked hard to make this day happen on what would have been Fred's 36th birthday. "Shortly after Fred’s passing, the Fred The Godson Foundation was created to carry on his legacy for his children and family, and the commitment to his dreams for the Bronx," says the foundation's mission statement. "The mission is to inspire, empower and nourish individuals, children and families in underserved communities, starting with Fred’s birthplace. The foundation will foster community unity through the common pursuit of wellness, prosperity, and opportunity."

 

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Known for having one of the most celebrated flows that included a barrage of double entendres and metaphors that were rarely matched, Fred was a respected MC with enormous skills that were able to get him featured on the famed 2011 XXL 'Freshman' class magazine cover along with Meek Mill, Mac Miller (RIP) and Kendrick Lamar. Jim Jones had some heartfelt words for the one named 'Gordo' at the ceremony, "Fred inspired me to do this music, a lot all over again. There was a time I really didn't want to do no music...and Fred would say, 'Nah, you gotta get in that booth Capo.'"

 

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The Thomas family announced thank you's and love to Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. of District 17 in the South Bronx, Bronx Borough President Ruban Diaz, NYPD's 41st Precinct, and the Bronx community for helping make the Frederick “Fred the Godson” Thomas Way street co-naming possible.

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Much respect to the legacy of the husband and father, Fred The Godson.

 

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