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I’ve never been good at acknowledging the passing of time. We’ve never celebrated an anniversary here at MissInfo.TV. I’ve never felt comfortable doing week-long, self-congratulatory birthday tours. I have no idea how long I’ve worked at Hot 97. And I’m terrible at corroborating albums and release years. Is it a fear of change or a symptom of a disorganized mind? Yes, yup. But as a result, yesterday can feel like ancient history, and what I felt 20 years ago… is a room right next door.

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Mister Cee celebrates the 20-year anniversary of Nas’ Illmatic with a commercial-free mix during Tuesday’s “Throwback at Noon” show. From singles, to album cuts, unreleased records, and freestyles, enjoy the tribute to Queensbridge’s finest below.

Officially in stores now, Nas’ Illmatic XX LP includes remastered versions of the original Illmatic tracks, plus 10 bonus cuts with contributions from Q-Tip, Large Professor, and Arsenal. Stream it in its entirety here, and download Mister Cee’s mix below.

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After hitting us with The Firm last week, Mister Cee tributes another legendary rap group for this week’s “Throwback at Noon” Hot 97 mix. With The Trinity EP out now and their third solo album due later this year, Mister Cee keeps the D-Block momentum rolling with the best of Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch aka The LOX.

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Mister Cee returns with another memorable “Throwback at Noon” mix on Hot 97. For Throwback Thursday, Cee goes back to the 90s, paying tribute to rap supergroup The Firm. While the quartet of Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature did not last long, Mister Cee takes listeners down memory lane with some classic records during their run.

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Nothing like some vintage Nas to start the day. As you may have noticed, the upcoming 20th Anniversary Illmatic XX LP contains a second disc full of old treasures, and today we’re treated to this rare Nas freestyle on the legendary Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show from October 28, 1993 (yes, pre-Illmatic). Appearing alongside Grand Wizard, a young Nasir speaks about his upcoming debut album before waxing poetic. Jump to the 8-minute mark to hear him spit over Black Moon’s “How Many MC’s…”

Available to pre-order on iTunes, Illmatic XX drops April 15. Check out the tracklisting here.

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North Carolina has been hit with the same damn snow/ice blizzard that we’re getting today in NYC. And here’s how the Durham Academy’s principal and vice principal informed the kids and parents that they could stay home…

Snow days are the holy grail of school truancy…not only do you get to skip class, without punishment, but all your friends are available too, and there’s snow on the ground to dive into…Good times. However…if my principal of my grade school had announced our school cancellation by posting a youtube of him and the vice-principal rapping along to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”…I might have braved today’s blizzard just to go to the school and tag them right in the back of the head with an Ice Ice iceball.

In adulthood I can appreciate the corny cuteness though.

But what school administrators rock $600 Ralph Lauren Olympic Opening Ceremony sweaters?!?
Smh…private school.

Here’s how it’s looking in my neck of the woods this morning…
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Our friend Chairman Mao has a dope new reggae mix for the latest installment of his “Across 135th Street” mix series. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Mao delivers a wide selection of UK covers of classic riddims. This one is for the diggers.

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With Cupid poised to set couples across the universe in his crosshairs and morph every object in sight (whether desirable or otherwise) heart-shaped, the theme of the latest episode of “Across 135th Street” turns to the fantastic and romantic. This in the form of a plethora of lovers rock style reggae cover versions of big tunes from the 70s and 80s soul/disco/funk canon. Listen in as host Chairman Jefferson Mao delves into his covers crates, serving up a program whose sweetness shall be your weakness – whether you’re all up in the throes of affection or just watching from the sidelines. From Barry Biggs’ rendition of Evelyn (I Came to Bring the) “Champagne” King’s “Love Come Down” and Dee (not to be confused with Dee Dee) Sharp’s take on Keni Burke’s “Risin’ to the Top” through Yvonne Archer’s sweet rework of Rufus and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody,” Mystic Harmony re-route of the Jones Girls’ Philly favorite “Nights Over Egypt” via London, and Misses Misty’s “Mellow Mellow” treatment of a Chi-City steppers classic, it’s all love, people.

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Here’s a real treat for all you Wu-Tang heads. Back in 2001, the Clan shot a video for “Y’all Been Warned,” a single off their fourth album Iron Flag, but it unfortunately never saw the light of day — until now, that is. 13 years later, Sugar Factory Films brings us the lost video. Better late than never, I suppose.

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Shouts to Erika for killing it with The College Dropout 10th anniversary coverage over on Billboard. In addition to putting together an oral history of Kanye’s debut album, featuring insight and commentary from 26 collaborators including Dame Dash and No I.D., Erika also sat down with Coodie Simmons and Chike Oza, two directors who worked with Ye early on, to show us some never-before-seen footage from The College Dropout era.

As Coodie and Chike walk us through the old clips, we get to see Kanye rapping “Never Let Me Down” for Pharrell in the studio (and Pharrell’s priceless reaction), almost getting into a fight with an angry rapper and having the wires cut out of his mouth following his car accident. Don’t miss the prophetic moment at the end where Kanye says in a speech, “the only reason I make tracks at this point is to have enough money to pay for my t-shirts.”

Head on over to Billboard to read Coodie and Chike’s additional commentary on Kanye’s College Dropout music videos.

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Like he always does about this time, Mister Cee dedicates today’s “Throwback at Noon” Hot 97 mix to the venerable Big Pun, who passed away 14 years ago to this day. Along with Big Pun’s son Chris Rivers releasing a freestyle over the Capital Punishment-cut “Beware,” Cipha Sounds and Bodega Bamz also took time to remember the late, great Christopher Rios in the clip below.

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