Dr Marc Lamont Hill, the professor and Bill O Reilly token black perspective correspondent, came to my school to speak, and talked about planning to write a book about Westinghouse when he learned that Biggie, Busta, Hov, Foxy and all these prominent brooklyn MCs had come out of one school. he went back to the school to interview staff and faculty and get all these great stories about big and hov rapping in the lunchroom and stuff like that, and was shocked to find that no one remembered any of them as students. No teachers, lunch aids, security guards. no one.
He spoke on how frightening it is to think about that, how that much talent and potential is sitting dormant and malnourished in New York City public high schools right now, with no one to really notice or remember them. It’s a really powerful thought
Its very interesting that he said he battled Busta in high school. Cuz unless my memory serves me correct Busta went to high school in Uniondale Long Island. (just a mental note) I have a question….. what if Jay-Z never stopped rapping fast, would he have as many fans as he does? I also saw that interview with Maher and I’m not sure if its just me but does he hit him with some questions that Jay had to really think about how to answer that question. Great Interviews though
I say a B.I.G. verse I’m only biggin up my brother/Biggin up my borough!!!!
What More Can I say -JAY-Z
Do the math. Jay Z, Busta Rhymes and B.I.G all went to the same high school. Where do you people come up with such stuff? You remind me of that lady that asked a jewish senator why he was supporting a nazi healthcare plan.
He’s response was, talking to you is like talkin to a dining room table…….
i am so out of the loop. i just heard mad linx and dj power talking about how supposedly timbaland said “you think i’m giving jay-z my best stuff? nah”…like he’s saving it for the new shockdoctrine record coming out. wowwwwwwwwww.
I thought they all went to Sarah J. Hale. Maybe Dr. Hill went to the wrong school. I also heard AZ claim he went to high school with Jay as well. What ever the school that is a lot of Super talent flowing through one place. But, I willing to bet that almost every high school in Brooklyn has had at least one MC that “made it”.
That is really odd because I always remember Jay talking about BIggie he even had a concert where the funds were donated to Biggie & Pac funds. You may have seen Notorious and assumed that that was the whole life of Biggie when really it was all about the realtionship between biggie & puff. He even gives shout outs to biggie here and there through verses and albums
Yeah, they became close after doing ‘Brooklyn’s Finest.
. “Brooklyn’s Finest” was a competitive, though friendly battle between Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. in which Jay-Z tried proving that he is of Biggie’s caliber, while Biggie tried brushing his rhymes off as insignificant. Although the rappers had already met on the set for the “Dead Presidents” music video, they discovered that neither write down their rhymes while recording. The recording of “Brooklyn’s Finest” spanned two months and moved from D&D Studios to Giant Studios where the Clark Kent-sung chorus was recorded. The studio sessions affected Jay-Z mentally: as he told Rolling Stone, “The studio was like a psychiatrist’s couch for me”.
I’ve seen interviews with Jay, talking about the production of Reasonable Doubt and the 1st time he met Big. Big was a bit younger than Jay and Jay barely went to school.
Clark Kent: I just freshly came off of tour with Big. We were doing Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s [debut album], and he heard the beat and went crazy. He was like, “I want the beat.” I was like, “Nah, it’s Jay’s beat.” He’s like, “You’re always giving this guy everything.” He wanted that beat real bad. I’m leaving the studio to go to D&D to track it for Jay, and Big’s like, “Yo, I want to be on that record.” So I was like, “Yo, just come with me.” So I went upstairs, and I left him downstairs. I was like, “Big wants to be on that record. Why don’t you put Big on that record? He heard the beat. He likes it.” Jay was like, “I don’t really know him like that.” And Dame was like, “I ain’t paying him, neither.” I was just like, Ah, okay. So then I’m like, “If I get him to do it for free would you do it?” He was like, “Yeah, we’ll try it.” So I run downstairs. I go get Big, bring him upstairs, and they met each other the right way, properly. And everybody was like, “Well, if you’re going to do it for whatever…” Jay changed the verses around right there, and was like, “This is where you go, right there. You ready?” Big was like, “I can’t do this right now!”
Big said he didn’t start Rhyming till he was about 18 and kicked school in the head early too. When did they have chance to meet and battle?
Well actually, according 2 YOU Clark Kent said 1 thing n Jay said another 5-10 yrs l8r…n when he said ” I dont really know him like that” it doesn’t sound unlikely bcuz battling sum1 doesn’t necessarily make ya’ll the best of friends
I quoted Clark Kent because that was the only quote I could find.
However, I watched the BBC produced making of Reasonable Doubt documentary and Jay himself says he didn’t know Biggie.
Plus, Jay is 3 years older than Big would be. I can’t imagine a 13-14 year old Biggie battling Jay, can you? Especially as neither really rapped to that before the age of 18. Going off things both have said in the past.