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Rare Biggie Interview From His 'Warning' Video Shoot Hits the Net

Ever since Tupac hit the stage this past weekend at Coachella—and yes, it still feels weird saying that—the public has been going haywire at the possibilites of who could be revived next. At the top of the list for hip-hop fiends around the world was none other than The Notorious B.I.G., who was fatally slain in 1997 after a VIBE party in L.A. While we wait to see whether Diddy will cough up however much it'll cost to bring the big man back, here's an alternate treat for the Biggie fans out there.

A rare interview just hit the net of the iconic Brooklyn rapper from behind-the-scenes of his video for "Warning," the street single off his debut album Ready To Die. In the interview, BIG discusses his favorite track off the album, his feelings of hearing himself on the radio for the first time, and even a quick glimpse of his then 13 month old daughter T'yanna Wallace. This one is definitely a rare gem for our viewing pleasure. R.I.P. Big Poppa! —Keenan Higgins

Check out the full interview below, and also some extra footage from "Warning" in the video further down:

Video Source: Welcome to the video source. The house is fat, the video looks like it’s gonna be fat. Another fat video. Let’s talk about record sales. How’s the record doing? I know it’s got to be like half gold. You know it’s going platinum.

BIG: We’re doing our thing.

Video Source: Touring a lot?

BIG: Nah, we just finished this promotional tour me and Craig but we’re bout to go out I think on the 22nd.

Video Source: Now I want to get into the album and the album is mad suicidal tendencies and then at the end, I think you commit suicide. What’s that about?

BIG: Just wildin’, just buggin’ out.

Video Source: My favorite cut on the album is the one with the red dot on the head.

BIG: That’s what we shooting tonight, “Warning.”

Video Source: What’s your favorite cut?

BIG: Everyday struggle. That’s my jam.

Video Source: Oh yeah? What I wanna know is what were you doing when you first heard your song on the radio and how’d it make you feel?

BIG: What song you talking about? Like the very first time I ever heard my voice?

Video Source: Exactly.

BIG: I was in the chicken spot around my way and me and my boys, we was hustlin’ and I heard the “Real Love” remix. I was buggin’. We was buggin’. It ain’t nothing. I don’t even need to be trippin’ off that as long as my peoples is with me, my peoples is having a good time, my moms is alright, my daughter’s alright, it’s all good. That fame, I leave that alone. That’s where the ego starts. They start hating you and they really wanna stick you for your paper for real.

Video Source: Now, you mentioned your number and your daughter, how’s your relationship with your mother?

BIG: Now? We alright now. I’m getting a little bit of paper so you know she’s chillin’.

Video Source: And what’s your daughter’s name?

BIG: T’yanna

Video Source: Oh, close to mine.

BIG: I got a picture. Can we get a little close up on my BABY?

Video Source: Oh, she’s adorable.

BIG: Get a little close up on love, she’s 13 months. Spit her out boy. This my semen right here.

Video Source: So how is it being Biggie?

BIG: It’s big. Notorious B.I.G. It’s the first time cause I got some papers in the mail. The original Biggie Smalls said he’s gonna sue me for everything I got if I use his name again. We gotta get some kind of money so please, anybody if you see me, my name is the Notorious B.I.G. You can call me BIG, Notorious, whatever. No more Biggie Smalls. That is dead, wet. Please don’t ever call me that again cause I’ll be coming to your house to eat when I’m dead ass broke. For real, they ain’t playing. They’re real serious this time.

Video Source: So how long has it been in the making? How long you been doing this?

BIG: About two years, two and a half.

Video Source: Now way back when you had the red and black lumber jack with the hat to match, rap was different.

BIG: No doubt.

Video Source: The whole game was different.

BIG: I wasn’t involved in the rap game back then. I was more so just a street n*gga.

Video Source: So how do you feel it is now? Like you’re definitely the heavyweight contender for the East Coast. We’re throwing you out there.

BIG: It’s all good. I can take the weight. I’m that real n*gga, ain’t no frontin’ with me. I keeps it real. Whatever y’all wanna hear, y’all gonna hear it from me cause I don’t bite my tongue for no one. I’m the real one. Whatever, bring it.

Video Source: So what’s next?

BIG: What’s next? Well we got “Big Poppa” and at the end of “Big Poppa,” I bring my broad home. My beeper goes off, it’s 5:46 in the morning so we’re gonna shoot this “Warning” joint on some straight up Scarface, bustin’ gats, real “Thuggish Ruggish Bone. “ Then we just gonna jump on this tour, come back, just be on. I’m ‘bout to start working on a new album, my group ‘bout to come out Junior M.A.F.I.A. They’ll be out by the spring. It’s on man. It’s time to get that Big Poppa bills. I’m tired of renting these cribs out for $250. I wanna do it at my spot.

Video Source: I heard that. So what’s it like working with Puffy?

BIG: We cool. He bout to stress me right now. There he go. My n*gga.

Video Source: So thanks a lot. Thank you for having us.

BIG: No problem.

Video Source : Definitely gonna big all of your videos up.

BIG: Cause it’s real. Represent. And don’t play Kwame cause he’s wack. You want me to drop a little something? Video Source? Check it out, it’s the Notorious B.I.G. macking with my people on Video Source. If you don’t know, now you know.

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Megan Thee Stallion’s Southern Rap 'Fever' Dream

Hot Girl Meg is already an urban legend. You can see her on the cover of Fever, looming over a luxury auto in skin-tight leopard print as flames and horses erupt behind her. It’s the undeniable movie poster aesthetic of blaxploitation icons like Pam Grier’s Coffy. It’s a perfect fit for rapper Megan Thee Stallion, whose music channels a Southern rap tradition full of larger-than-life figures like Trina, Gangsta Boo, and her hero Pimp C.

The 24-year-old born Megan Pete started rapping in childhood after accompanying her mother, Holly Thomas aka rapper Holly-Wood, to recording sessions in Houston. Megan’s career began with freestyles at college parties, and she released three mixtapes in three years with her mother as her manager, building her buzz while still completing courses. The rapper is slick and authoritative on the mic as she channels alter egos like Hot Girl Meg, who she calls “the party girl, the polished girl, the turn-up queen.” Her debut album Fever, released last week, is a showcase for this alter ego. Hanging with Hot Girl Meg makes for a fun 40 minutes.

Though her profile has risen to the level of Drake Instagrams and Khalid features, Megan Thee Stallion does not make pop music. She raps, she’s excellent, and she knows it. “I’m a real rap bi**h, this ain’t no pop sh*t,” she ad-libs victoriously on her first song “Realer.” Sure, pop music has eagerly siphoned from rap this decade, but rappers have been drawing lines in the sand since Q-Tip said “Rap is not pop, if you call it that then stop” in ‘91. Nowadays, the A Tribe Called Quest auteur is still pushing rap forward as an executive producer for Fever.

“Sex Talk,” the album’s lead single, is a showcase for Megan’s bars. “I’ma bust quick if your lips soft,” she raps in short bursts around distorted bass and snaps. “Rock that ship ‘til ya blast off.” In her second verse, she accents the offbeat to boast, “I should be in museums because this body a masterpiece.” Though the song’s popularity was eclipsed by the video release for last summer’s more bombastic “Big Ole Freak,” it’s a fitting introduction to Thee Stallion: her range of staccato to elongated flows is catnip for heads like her who grew up on freestyle DVDs, paired with a blown out beat riding the minimalist wave that’s subsumed parties across the country.

Sex is the main concern in Megan Thee Stallion’s work, followed closely by money. Such confident sexuality from a black woman has unfortunately drawn criticism and retrograde questioning from some in the media, but she’s undaunted. “You let the boys come up in here and talk about how they gon’ run a train on all our friends and they want some head and they want to shoot everything up, and they want to do drugs,” she told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “Well, we should be able to go equally as hard. I don’t want to hear none of that ‘That’s offensive!’ or ‘All she talk about is p***y.’”

Megan’s mercenary demand for her pleasures is a refreshing gender swap of rap tropes. On “Running Up Freestyle,” she raps, “He say I should be nicer, well your d**k should be bigger.” She’s blunt enough to make me clutch my pearls on behalf of my gender before I burst out laughing. Later in “Sex Talk,” Megan kicks a would-be lover out when she cues up trap music and he asks “Girl, you tryna trap me?” She’s offended by the insinuation she needs to keep a captive, when she doesn’t need anyone she doesn’t want in the moment. It’s a role reversal that plenty of female rappers have executed previously, but few with the same raw skill.

“Hood Rat Sh*t” opens with a sample of a 2008 viral video, a 7-year-old explaining his desire to do “hoodrat stuff” with his friends. The uptempo drums bounce around cavernous piano chords with gleeful menace like a gaggle of unsupervised kids. Megan’s rhymes launch into double time in the lead-up to the chorus, which she spits like a playground taunt. In the third verse, she gives an evocative example of the title: she’s at the strip club drinking Henny from a champagne glass, “eating chicken wings with a thick bi**h” who’s dancing like the diamonds in her necklace. Her swaggering flow sounds like the reincarnation of Pimp C, with the tall tale verses to match.

Rising Charlotte rapper DaBaby adds a verse over bellowing 808s on “Cash Sh*t.” When Megan says “That’s my dog, he gon’ sit down and listen,” DaBaby describes fixing his partner’s weave during sex and incorporating headlocks into new positions. On its own, his verse might be too direct, like a stranger leering from the end of the bar. It’s perfectly absurd on Megan’s album. He works as a foil to the main attraction, like he’s just trying to keep up.

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The only other guest on Fever is Juicy J on “Simon Says,” where he also supplies a beat that sounds like a house party in the middle of a home invasion. “Simon says bust it open like a freak,” Megan raps like a nursery rhyme, a fitting match for the originator of “Slob On My Knob.” The song was the center of a minor controversy over the album release weekend when singer Wolf Tyla implied she had a writing credit and drew an indignant response from Megan. The facts became harder to parse from there. Maybe Tyla wrote the hook, or maybe Juicy did and asked her to record a reference track. (A just okay hook to go to bat for as an unknown ghostwriter, frankly.) In an era where the world’s biggest male stars snipe at each other about fragments of songs they’ve written for one another, this shouldn’t be a story, but a rising female rapper can’t allow any question of her bona fides.

Even if “Simon Says” is entirely ghostwritten, the Three 6 Mafia homage is far from an aberration in Megan’s catalog, or even on Fever. Juicy J produced two other album cuts, future strip club anthems “Pimpin” and “Dance.” Fellow co-founder Project Pat contributes to “W.A.B.,” built around a sample of the group’s “Weak Azz Bi**h.” Three 6’s influence is apparent in so many strains of modern hip-hop, but on Fever Megan places the Memphis collective alongside Houston and New Orleans in a firmly Southern context. The album concludes with Megan declaring herself “Hot Girl Meg from the motherf**kin’ South,” and it doesn’t feel like a conclusion, just a tantalizing cliffhanger promising further misadventures.

Fever is not perfect. “Best You Ever Had” strays a little too close to pop. Halfway through an album of knocking beats, it’s jarring to hear Megan’s voice coated in electronic sheen, sharing space with a recorder loop. In headphones the project becomes a bit repetitive in the back half, but it won’t be noticeable blaring out of club speakers. Given how quickly she’s befriended so many other stellar young female rappers, it would have been great to hear her spar with some of them on her debut.

Nevertheless, Megan Thee Stallion is picking up the baton for Southern hip-hop with a quick tongue and trunk rattling beats optimized for twerking. She inherited the legacy from her mother, as well as an unstoppable work ethic, the kind that kept her from cancelling shows even after her mother’s tragic death this spring because “I know she wouldn’t want me to stop.” Not long ago, a buzzy mixtape rapper signing to a major label like 300 Entertainment was a one-way ticket to clunky albums overstuffed with radio bait. Fever’s cohesion is a testament to Megan’s talent and dedication. Look forward to partying with Hot Girl Meg all summer.

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Megan Thee Stallion Releases Fiery "Realer" Video

Megan Thee Stallion is truly prepping for a hot girl summer. Following up the highly-anticipated release of Fever, the Houston-bred rapper has officially released the visuals for the project's opening song, "Realer."

Red-headed Meg and her friends brandish toy guns, high karate kicks and body rolls as she talks her sh*t. And, much like her project's artwork, there were flames—both literally and figuratively—to be had all around.

Even some of her celebrity peers have expressed excitement over her video's release.

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥❤️❤️

— TRINA (@TRINArockstarr) May 21, 2019

🐎 🔥 https://t.co/54S59MQ8fx

— Wale (@Wale) May 21, 2019

Watch Hot Girl Meg's spicy "Realer" video up top.

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VIBE Debuts New Podcast On Battle Rap Culture, 'The Chosen' (Hosted By Nunu Nellz)

THE CHOSEN Podcast, hosted by the battle scene's stage Queen, Nunu Nellz, is a show that highlights the artists, entrepreneurs and personalities that shape Hip-Hop battle culture. A lot of success stories may look like they started overnight, yet took many years of hard work and dedication...we will showcase that journey through their stories.

The first episode of THE CHOSEN is with SMACK WHITE, the leader of MC battle culture as founder of the  Ultimate Rap League (URL). This Queens, NY native is a great opening act for what The Chosen is about, success against all odds. A man who took the positive from his neighborhood and helped to create a global platform for people to exhibit their talent through battle rap.

And for some added flavor, the intro beat to the show is produced by none other than the infamous himself, Havoc of Mobb Deep.

Check the first of many great episodes to come of The Chosen Podcast.

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😢 THANK U to @smackwhite @beasleynyc @urltv for embracing me with nothing but love from the first day I met u guys. Thank you for making NUNU NELLZ a house hold name. From my start on “ battle rap arena “ on 15moferadio to writing my first column “what’s hot what’s not “in battle rap for 100barsmag then taking that same column to a printing magazine ( rydermagazineboss ) where it was sold at train station, online and at the legendary black star, I just been blessed. I been able to travel the world and meet so many great ppl bc of u guys. Thank u for any league that ever book me to host their event . Thank u to my fiancé @mr.guercy for pushing me to be the greatest woman I can be and introducing me to the editor and chief of @vibemagazine, @datwon . Thank u to @datwon for believing in the vision and giving me my very own show on the vibe platform #THECHOSEN. This is so BIG and I’m so excited about this new journey . I love media . I love learning about ppl grinds and how they became successful . It was so important to me to grab that @nickiminaj #vibemagazine cover for my first interview . I won’t allow anyone to give me pickle juice (barbs will catch that 🤣) but thank u to all those saying congrats . When the first interview drop im open to all feed back to be the best I can be for the people 💯 Hair @beautiibyday thank u for always stopping what u doing to get me together . I appreciate u

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