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bob marley mister cee

Hot 97′s Mister Cee dedicated today’s Throwback at Noon mix to the late, great Bob Marley. Today marks what would have been the reggae legend’s 69th birthday, and in honor, Cee compiles some of his best material into this 45-minute mix. Sounds like the perfect smoke break to me.

Stream Mister Cee’s mix, plus Stephen Marley’s new track “Thorn or a Rose” featuring Black Thought, below…

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kanye west a-trak

Long before he founded Fool’s Gold Records and was making EPs with Cam’ron and Lex Luger, A-Trak was Kanye West’s tour DJ. With The College Dropout‘s 10th anniversary fast approaching, A-Trak decided to let loose this vintage footage from the accompanying tour back in 2004. We get a peek at the “private jet lifestyle,” behind the scenes of “The New Workout Plan” video shoot and a fresh-faced Kanye and A-Trak going shopping. Common, John Legend, GLC, Consequence and Really Doe all feature in the clip, too.

Don’t miss out on Billboard’s excellent oral history of The College Dropout, featuring insight from 26 key players, including Dame Dash, No I.D., Talib Kweli and many more.

Watch after the jump…

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nas illmatic xx

As we all know, April 19, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of undoubtedly one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time: Nas’ Illmatic. Today, Mr. Jones has revealed his plans to honor his seminal debut album.

On April 15 — four days before its birthday — Nas will release a double-disc edition titled Illmatic XX, which includes a remastered version of the original album, plus rare remixes, an unreleased song (“I’m a Villain”) and a never-before-heard freestyle on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show from ’93. Illmatic XX is available to pre-order on iTunes now.

Nas will accompany the album by releasing a documentary later this year called Time Is Illmatic. The feature-length film “delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas’ Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara.”

What’s more, Nas will also be touring the U.S. and performing Illmatic in its entirety. The tour kicks off this spring with performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Coachella. The full schedule will be announced soon.

Check out the Illmatic XX tracklisting below…

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Lana Del Rey, at Versace 2013

Lana Del Rey, at Versace 2013

The upcoming Disney movie Maleficent, which tells the story of why the wicked witch got to be so unpleasant, features a Lana Del Rey remake of the sappy happy “Once Upon a Dream” theme from Disney’s original 1959 animated Sleeping Beauty. And like the chopped and screwed version of a children’s sing-a-long, LDR turns this love song very dark and trippy and downright sinister. Just our steeze.

Check out the Maleficent trailer (starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning) with Lana Del Rey’s dark “Once Upon A Dream”…
And compare it with the original…
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jay z reasonable doubt

Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt, though a slow-burner when it first dropped in the summer of 1996, is recognized as an undisputed classic. But Hov’s debut album could have sounded slightly different had Roc-A-Fella not carefully and cleverly edited the cohesive project we all know and love. Thanks to 2DBZ, you can cast your eyes on the very original Reasonable Doubt tracklisting.

Though the changes aren’t that drastic, they’re significant. The original “Dead Presidents” would have opened the album instead of “Can’t Knock the Hustle,” while “Dead Presidents II” (listed here as “Dead Presidents [Remix]“) would have been buried as the bonus track. Mary J. Blige, Big Jaz and Sauce Money are uncredited while Memphis Bleek is listed as the guest on “Can I Live,” not “Coming of Age” (perhaps by mistake). Reasonable Doubt would have run at a much longer 18 tracks with three new album cuts, “The Hurt,” “Tell Me” and “Hot” — all of which have never been released.

For Shake‘s real rap nerd breakdown on how the sequencing may have hindered Jay Z’s magnum opus (and altered the course of hip-hop history… sorta), head on over to the Dope House.

Check it out after the jump…

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aaliyah

Hot 97′s Mister Cee dedicated today’s Throwback at Noon mix to the late Aaliyah, who would have turned 35 today. From classic material to the recent posthumous effort with Chris Brown, set aside the next 45 minutes to rock out to Cee’s “Baby Girl” birthday mix. R.I.P. Aaliyah.

Stream and download after the jump…

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outkast 1999 freestyle

In the spirit of rekindled OutKast mania (and because it’s #throwbackthursday, duh), MTV decided to share this little clip from the archives: a freestyle-slash-poem from Big Boi in 1999. With Andre 3000 on the boards, Daddy Fat Sax spits a romantic soliloquy off the dome. Remember when “skeet” was a word?

Watch after the jump…

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Top 25 Songs of 2013

While hip-hop has always had its gripes with the increasingly singles-focused market over the years, songs create moments, and 2013 wasn’t short on those big moments. Drake ignited an entire year of Nothing Was the Same fever with “Started From the Bottom,” Kanye West went global with his “New Slaves” premiere, Drake elevated Migos’ “Versace” into a certified smash, and then there was Kendrick Lamar and his A-bomb of a verse on Big Sean’s “Control.”

This list isn’t based solely off popularity or impact (although those were factored in, of course); some of the songs we just straight up enjoyed throughout last year. So, after much deliberation trying to nail down over 100 songs to a clean and concise list, here are MissInfo.TV’s top 25 songs of 2013.

List compiled by Andy B. (@aboynamedandy) and Mr. North (@MissInfoTV)

READ: MISSINFO.TV’S TOP 25 SONGS OF 2013

baby got back

Fascinating memories from Sir Mix-a-Lot, my buddy Dan Charnas and more about one of the most iconic rap moments in history in Vulture’s “Oral History of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back’ Video.” Also… totally futuristic vision on what would later become common social media culture, amirite? I mean… everything about this song and video is applicable to your IG feed.

Sir Mix-a-Lot: There were problems initially. What really bothered me was that the main girl sitting on the pedestal at the beginning of the song had on a blonde wig, tiger shorts, a bunch of gold chains, a cheap-ass satin gown, and ugly lipstick: She looked like a ho! I thought, What the hell is this? [Although] to be honest, if I saw her on the street, I might say, “What’s up, baby?” Adam said, “I thought you wanted hot?” But I told him, “This song is called ‘Baby Got Back,’ not ‘Baby’s a Ho.’” We ended up going to the mall with the wardrobe people to get other clothes, and they changed her hair, and shooting was held up for four hours. Her name was Almond, and she said, “Thank God, I didn’t want to wear this.” Pop culture says that if a black girl is to be taken seriously, she has to assimilate and be as white as possible, to the point of bleaching her hair blonde. But the entire point of the song was the opposite. The lady who the white girls were looking at in the intro was supposed to be a queen that they saw as a ho, not an actual ho.

Anyways, one thing I just wanted to add, as a totally random, barely-related Info-ism… I remember one night I went to the Palladium in NYC (possibly dressed in something shameful in hindsight. Possibly satiny. Maybe Moschino?) with my girls. It must of been one of those hood-tastic rap industry-meets-corner hustler nights because I believe Jay-Z was there and made some kind of slight head-nod solicitation to a chick I knew. This was dissected for weeks to come.

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Anyways, so I was at the bar pretending like I was going to order something fancy and fizzy, when I saw this extremely tanned statuesque but definitely Asian-looking woman who was spilling out of some spandex tank dress like a buttered baked potato. She was definitely the exotic video girl from Mix-a-Lot’s “Put Em On the Glass.” Since it was the time to overanalyze every fashion detail and cameo in every music video, this spotting was so exciting to me.

We started chatting as is customary when you are the only two Asians in huge crowded room. I don’t remember much about the conversation, not even the woman’s name… maybe it was Lydia or Lena? But I do remember she was very sweet, loving the attention, under the watchful eye of some pimp-looking out-of-towner, and she said she was from the South-est Asian country, Laos. I had never even heard of Laos until that moment. (Fun Fact: Pharrell’s lovely wife Helen is also part-Laotian. Clearly, this island churns out some beautiful ladies.)

In hindsight, the song was shxt. But if this woman had popped up on Tumblr in 2013, she’d probably be on Love & Hip Hop next season.

Reminisce over some classic Sir Mix-a-Lot after the jump…

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macklemore ryan lewis

What are the hottest 100 of the Hot 100? Billboard has today revealed the most popular singles of 2013 across all genres, and you shouldn’t be too surprised at the results. Yes, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ unavoidable hit, “Thrift Shop,” is officially the biggest single of the year. The Heist album cut sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S., topped the charts in more than 15 counties and is nominated for two Grammys, including Best Rap Song.

Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” comes in at a close second, while Imagine Dragons, Baauer, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (again, with “Can’t Hold Us”), Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Bruno Mars, Florida Georgia Line and Katy Perry fill out the top 10. The highest ranking rap single outside of Macklemore is Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” at No. 22. Drake, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole, Wale, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Rocko, Ace Hood and 2 Chainz all make the list, too.

Billboard’s Most Popular Hot 100 Singles of 2013:

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz — “Thrift Shop”
2. Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell — “Blurred Lines”
3. Imagine Dragons — “Radioactive”
4. Baauer — “Harlem Shake”
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton — “Can’t Hold Us”
6. Justin Timberlake — “Mirrors”
7. P!nk Feat. Nate Reuss — “Just Give Me a Reason”
8. Bruno Mars — “When I Was Your Man”
9. Florida Georgia Line Feat. Nelly — “Cruise”
10. Katy Perry — “Roar”

Check out the full 100 here.

Related:
Kanye West, Drake, Jay Z, Eminem & Kendrick Lamar Make Rolling Stone’s “100 Best Songs of 2013″

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