Who Helped Make Biggie's Albums Classics?

The Notorious B.I.G. controlled tracks and needed little more than a producer and engineer to create magic n the studio. His first two albums Ready to Die and Life After Death are certified hip-hop classics (but you already knew that). Biggie was one of the greatest rappers of all time on his own, but he shined alongside others artists too. As we celebrate his birthday anniversary of his 41st, VIBE revisits some of the guest artists that contributed to the brilliance of these projects. --Sowmya Krishnamurthy

“The What” feat. Method Man
Biggie’s 1994 debut Ready to Die was a true introduction to the rapper. Part menacing, oftentimes heartbreaking, the album wove vivid tales of living in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. The album’s lone collaboration is also one of its best songs, “The What” featuring Wu-Tang’s Method Man. Big and Meth trade memorable verses like “Biggie Smalls is the illest/Your style is played out/Like Arnold and that, what you talkin' bout Willis.”

“I Love the Dough” feat. Jay-Z and Angela Winbush
If Biggie was NY’s greatest, then Jay-Z comes in at a very close second. Hearing these two well-matched rappers go toe-to-toe with each other again (They collaborated on “Brooklyn’s Finest” on Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt) and see who could out-ball the other was what competitive rap should be.

“Mo Money Mo Problems” feat. Puff Daddy and Mase
One of Biggie’s biggest crossover hits, “Mo Money Mo Problems” also spawned a catchphrase that has found its way into larger pop culture. Try not to swing your (fake) Rolex in the air when this track comes on.

“Fuck You Tonight” feat. R. Kelly
Strange upon first look, but ladies loved Big Poppa. “Fuck You Tonight” featuring 90s rap’s resident crooner, R. Kelly, gave the ladies a song to vibe to that wasn’t soft or corny. No tricking dough on this one, just “Strictly sex that's pretty and leftover spaghetti.”

“Notorious Thugs” feat. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Biggie showed lyrical versatility on “Notorious Thugs,” in that he could kind of rap like Bone, which is not easy task. The piano-laden song about drugs and regrets remains a fan favorite to this day.

“Sky’s the Limit” feat. 112
One of the more optimistic songs on Life After Death, “Sky’s the Limit” painted Biggie’s rise to the top from humble beginnings. A “Juicy” redux if you will, with R&B accompaniment by Bad Boy collective 112.

“Another” feat. Lil’ Kim
Before Chris Brown and Rihanna, Biggie and Lil’ Kim exemplified hip-hop love gone wrong. The caustic “Another” is a back-and-forth between the real-life lovers, each accusing the other of wrongdoing. Their delivery and conviction was so real, it was hard to tell where life ended and art began.

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Report: Justine Skye Granted Restraining Order Against Sheck Wes

Justine Skye has reportedly been granted a domestic violence restraining order against her ex-boyfriend Sheck Wes, The Blast reports. The G.O.O.D. Music artist is now ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the singer until a court hearing that will be held in Mar. 2019.

The restraining order reportedly states that Skye believes that her "life is in danger." The order details a particular event on July 26, 2018, in which she claims Wes allegedly "threatened to punch me in the face, head-butted me, told me he was going to 'hurt me'." Additionally, The Blast obtained the LAPD investigative report regarding the matter that confirms Skye reported the incident in 2018. The singer also noted that Wes' label and management team pleaded with her not to go to the authorities or make the incident public.

The Roc Nation artist first revealed she was a victim of domestic abuse in 2018 with her song and music video "Build." She also appeared on The Breakfast Club that same year to share her story, although she never explicitly named Wes as her abuser.

In Feb. 2019 however, Skye engaged in a back and forth on Twitter with Wes. She decided to take the situation public after alleging that Wes and his crew attempted to stalk and attack her. Wes and his legal team have denied the claims and have vowed to take legal action against Skye.

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21 Savage Describes Mentality Inside ICE Detention Center

After his release from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Georgia (Feb. 13), 21 Savage talked with The New York Times on his upbringing in London, an immigration battle and the looming reality that one day he would be confronted over his status in the U.S.

“It’s like my worst nightmare,” he said. “That’s why it’s always been trying to get corrected.” Since 2017, Savage filed an application for a U Visa, a document that might take up to a year to be fully processed. Around the age that one is eligible for a driver’s license or a job, Savage said that’s when he noticed his non-legal status in the country could pose a problem as he got older. “It felt impossible,” he said on trying to rectify his situation. “It got to the point where I just learned to live without it. ‘Cause I still ain’t got it, I’m 26, and I’m rich. So, just learned to live without it.”

The “A Lot” rapper also told the publication that it wasn’t the reality of being in a detention center that stressed him, but “it was the possibility of me not being able to live in this country no more that I’ve been living in my whole life. All that just going through your head, like, ‘Damn, I love my house, I ain’t gonna be able to go in my house no more? I ain’t gonna be able to go to my favorite restaurant that I been going to for 20 years straight?’ That’s the most important thing.”

The 26-year-old entertainer added that the situation he faced for nine days could’ve made himself “go crazy” over the unsureness behind one’s fate. “It’s like we gonna put you in jail and we gonna make you fight your case the slowest you can fight it so that you just want to go home,” he said. “Nobody want to sit in jail, especially if they don’t have the money to fight it and they ain’t been to court in three months.” Savage also discussed the memes that circulated once news broke about his detainment, a situation that sparked a rift between Chris Brown and Offset.

"It ain’t about the meme, it’s about the bigger picture. But I done been through way worse things in my life than somebody putting me on a meme," he said. "I been shot — what is a meme? A meme is nothing. That’s something on the internet that I can do like this [turns over phone] and never see again. I look at bullet scars every day, so it’s like, a meme, bro?"

While out on bond, 21 Savage awaits an immigration court hearing that'll add another layer to his case.

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NYPD Commander Under Investigation For Ordering To Shoot 50 Cent On Sight

The NYPD is an hot water this week. NYPD commander Emmanuel Gonzalez of the Brooklyn's 72nd precinct is currently under investigation after allegedly ordering his officers to shoot 50 Cent "on sight" at a boxing match in 2018, The New York Daily News reports.

According to the new report, deputy inspector Gonzalez allegedly made the comments to his staff during a roll call before the sporting match. Gonzalez allegedly tried to pass the "order" off as a joke, but no one was laughing.

After learning of the story on Sunday (Feb. 17), 50 Cent quickly hit back, calling Gonzalez a "dirty cop." "This guy Emanuel Gonzalez is a dirty cop abusing his POWER. The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun," he wrote on Twitter.

Fif' also indicated that he plans to take legal action against the NYPD. "Mr. Jackson takes this threat very seriously and is consulting with his legal counsel regarding his options going forward," his spokesman said in a statement. "He is concerned that he was not previously advised of this threat by the NYPD and even more concerned that Gonzalez continues to carry a badge and a gun."

This isn't the first time 50 and Gonzalez had butt heads however. According to People, Gonzalez previously filed an aggravated harassment complaint against 50 Cent last spring, after 50 reportedly made a series of threats towards the commander on social media.

This is how I wake up this morning, 🤷🏽‍♂️ This guy Emanuel Gonzales is a dirty cop abusing his POWER. The sad part is this man still has a badge and a gun.I take this threat very seriously and im consulting with my legal counsel regarding my options moving forward.

— 50cent (@50cent) February 17, 2019

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