Happy Birthday @xzibit !🎂 🎁 📌"Paparazzi" is a song by Xzibit, issued as the lead single from his debut album At the Speed of Life. The song's official music video was directed by Michael Lucero.
The songs samples Barbra Streisand's "Pavane (Vocalise)", itself a version of Gabriel Fauré's Pavane. The song is used for the soundtrack of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. The instrumental version of Paparazzi was used to close 'Pax Soprana' - the sixth episode of the first season of The Sopranos.
Short Dog's in the Hose was released 28 years ago today. Short Dog's in the House is the sixth studio album by American rapper Too Short. The album was released on September 11, 1990 via Jive Records. The CD contains a number of both socially conscious songs, as well as dirty rap and sexually-explicit songs that have made Too Short famous. The album's production samples a number of classic P-funk records, as well as the heavy use of the Roland TR-808 for instrumentation. The laid-back beats (which Shaw himself dubbed "dope fiend beats") would be a major influence in hip hop years later (and would help cement Too Short's legacy as a pioneer of West coast hip hop), and the album was key in the development of West Coast born G-funk that dominated the charts for the next few years. In fact, the album's cover (as well as Short's drawl-heavy delivery) was an influence for the cover art for Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle. Upon release, the album received a number of positive reviews, making it one of Too Short's more well known albums.
The album featured a guest appearance by Ice Cube, and was the first time 2 major rap artists from Northern and Southern California collaborated on a song. The production of the album was handled mostly by a number of local Oakland-based producers (including Al Eaton, who was also known for his later work with Queen Latifah), but received production from two of Ice Cube's producers, Sir Jinx and DJ Pooh. The edited removes two songs and adds the song "What Rap?" On the edited version, "Ain't Nothin' but a Word to Me" was censored with bleep sound effects. Swearing is removed from others as well.
Happy Birthday @officialbigdaddykane ! "Ain't No Half-Steppin'" is a 1988 hip-hop song written and performed by American rapper Big Daddy Kane. Released as a single from Kane's debut album Long Live the Kane, it peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. The song samples "Ain't No Half Steppin'" by Heatwave and "Blind Alley" by the Emotions.
In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked "Ain't No Half-Steppin'" No. 25 on its list of The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.
Love Always 2Pac: Memories of Tupac Shakur by Fan
I first met Tupac when I was fourteen, a freshman in high school, just a few days after my little sister was born, and about a year and a half before my step-brother, a year younger than me, would die of brain cancer.
It was May 1991. My step-brother’s dream was to meet Digital Underground, which was granted by the Make a Wish Foundation, so we flew to Oakland for the weekend and hung out with Tupac, Money B, Shock G (aka Humpty Hump) as they filmed something (was it a video?) at a Go-Kart racing rink in Oakland. That weekend we spent a few afternoons at the recording studio where they put the finishing touches on their album This is an EP Release. At one point, my family and I stood in the recording studio wearing headphones and clapping along to the track “Same Song” (which I am listening to on Youtube as I write this); who knows whether they ever used our clapping on the album, which would come out on July 1, or if it was just a nice gesture. For years I misremembered that Tupac was the one who had written “take care of those sexy blue eyes, Amy” on my page of autographs written on a piece of paper torn out from a tablet from LaQuinta Inn, but that was really Shock G; Tupac had signed off Love Always 2PAC.
When we arrived at the Go-Kart track in Oakland, Tupac told all the kids swarming around that my stepbrother, in his 49ers cap, Ray-Bans, and Simpsons T-shirt, was the kid from “Home Alone,” so suddenly there Frank was signing autographs, which Tupac seemed to get a kick out of. I got the sense that Tupac was fond of practical jokes. He was very funny and quick; he teased the way an older brother might.
At this point, in 1991, Tupac wasn’t yet 2Pac; he was just a kid, really, only five years older than me, who debuted his rapping in Digital Underground’s “Same Song” and who distinguished himself, to me, by his great laugh, his ridiculously long eyelashes, and by offering me a piece of Big Red (which I kept for years), by hamming it up for all the pictures I took, and by giving me a very sweet kiss on the cheek before we all left town. 📌for more information check out comments💬🔽