"Whoa!" was the lead single released from Black Rob's debut album, Life Story. The song was produced by Diggin' in the Crates Crew member Buckwild. Released in early 2000, "Whoa!" became Black Rob's highest chart appearance; it narrowly missed the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 43, and reached the top 10 on both the R&B and Rap charts. To date, it remains Rob's only solo single to have reached the Hot 100.
In addition to Life Story, "Whoa!" has also appeared on the compilations The Source Hip Hop Music Awards 2000, Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits, and Bad Boy 20th Anniversary Box Set Edition.
The video was directed by Jeff Richter, the video features Rob alongside Puffy and a bunch of people near a New York street. It then shows Rob entering a strip club complete with television screens and strippers dancing as he's partying with the people around him. Midway through, Black Rob gets a call from Puffy telling him that he's bringing in the truck, with Black Rob and the other strippers replying to pull up near the fire escape. As P. Diddy is driving he turns up the radio volume to listen to the aforementioned song, unaware that he's driving up to a one-way street. He panics as he tries to turn the truck away from incoming cars, spinning it around as it almost hits a man carrying groceries (with both him and P. Diddy saying the aforementioned title in response to what happened). The truck ends up under the fire escape where Black Rob is waiting as he jumps onto the flatbed with fireworks exploding from it. The truck continues to drive along the streets with both Black Rob and Puffy on the flatbed. Intercut are scenes of Rob near a brick background and driving various vehicles at high speed along with his friends.
Changes was released 20 years ago today. "Changes" is a hip hop song by 2Pac featuring Talent. The song makes references to the war on drugs, the treatment of black people by the police at the time, racism (explicitly the reconciliation between the black and white races in America), the perpetuation of poverty and its accompanying vicious-cycle value system in urban African American culture, and the difficulties of life in the ghetto.
The song was originally recorded during his tenure at Interscope records in 1992 and was produced by Big D The Impossible (Deon Evans). "Changes" was later remixed during 1997-1998.
The song re-uses lines from "I Wonder If Heaven Got a Ghetto" which was recorded during the same year. The song samples the 1986 hit "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. The chorus of "The Way It Is" was re-sung by Talent and was used for this song. At times Tupac re-used lines from other unreleased songs because he planned to make an updated version at a later date. However, since his death many of the unreleased and unmastered songs have been officially released.
The remixed version released in 1998 has notably different percussion, and a few minor changes to the musical elements. The chorus on the original track features a notable difference in a vocal sample of the line, "It's like that and that's the way it is", from Run DMCs "It's Like That", which is also played twice during the intro. The second chorus adds the Ice Cube line, "Dope dealers, you're as bad as the police," from his song, "Us". The third chorus omits the Ice Cube sample and adds B-boy-style chant with an unknown person repeating, "Clap your hands and feel it, clap you hands and feel it!" until the song ends.
Happy Birthday Proof👑🌹 DeShaun Dupree Holton (October 2, 1973 – April 11, 2006), better known by his stage name Proof, was an American rapper and actor from Detroit, Michigan. During his career, he was a member of the groups 5 Elementz, Funky Cowboys, Promatic, Goon Sqwad and most notably, D12. He was a close childhood friend of rapper Eminem, who lived on the same block, and was often a hype man at his concerts. In April 2006, Proof was shot and killed during an altercation at the CCC nightclub in Detroit.
Originally known as Maximum, under the moniker "Proof", Holton first rose to national prominence as a part of the rap group D12, a hip-hop group he was instrumental in forming. Early individual accomplishments include being featured in The Source's "Unsigned Hype" column in 1999 and nearly winning the 1998 Blaze Battle. His first television appearance was in the video for Aaliyah's "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number". In 2000, Proof toured with Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg in the Up In Smoke Tour, performing as a hype man for Eminem. He gained further exposure in 2001 with the release of Devil's Night, D12's debut album on Interscope Records. The following year, Proof collaborated with Dogmatic on "Promatic" and joined Eminem's "Anger Management" tour in support of the release. He appeared in the film 8 Mile along with Eminem and Xzibit. Proof appeared as Lil' Tic, a freestyle rapper who rap battles the lead character, B-Rabbit, played by Eminem. To capitalize on the publicity from the film, Proof released a six-song EP called Electric CoolAid: Acid Testing. Proof also starred in a cameo role, alongside the rest of D12 (except for Eminem), in The Longest Yard, appearing as "Basketball Convicts" during the credits.
Dope Photos⬇️🔥💯 📌RZA of Wu-Tang photo by Mike Schreiber 📌A Tribe Called Quest during filming for an item on Yo! MTV Raps, New York City, 1990. Photographer @janettephoto 📌Eminem for Rolling Stone photoshoots by David LaChapelle, April 29, 1999.
📌Run-DMC and Jam Master Jay pose for a portrait session wearing Adidas sweat suits in front of the Empire State Building in 1985.
📌Method Man poses for a portrait session in November 1993 in New York.
📌DJ Mad Mike and Paris pose for photos at the Final Call Bookstore in Chicago, Illnois in January 1991.
📌DMX during Woodstock ‘99 in New York in Saugerties.
📌Public Enemy’s S1W’s performs at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan in July 1990.
📌Best R&B Urban Contemporary Song of the Year MC Hammer - U Can’t Touch This, Soul Train Awards March 12, 1991.
📌Rakim(aka William Griffin) posed for this Suffolk Country, New Yoek sheriff’s mug shoot in August 1996.
In only the first four moves of a chess game, there are 318,979,564,000 possibilities. In almost every instance, it’s impossible for a player to consider more than a tiny fraction of choices. In order to narrow down the choices to ones worthy of consideration, players must rely on chess principles. (We know GZA is referring to chess here because the album name and every song title is related to chess.) [info via @genius]
Toss It Up was released 22 years ago today.
"Toss It Up" is a song by rapper Tupac Shakur under the new stage name, Makaveli, hence making it the first song released under this name. It released as the lead single from the album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. It was released just under 2 weeks after his death. There are 3 versions of this song (Album version, Radio cut, and video versions). The song contains a diss to Dr. Dre questioning his sexuality and calling him gay. The song features vocals and singing from Aaron Hall, Danny Boy, K-Ci & JoJo. The song contains samples from No Diggity and both singles were released within days of each other. The single peaked in the RnB singles chart at number 34.
The song was also included in Shakur's Greatest Hits album with a new mix and some altered lyrics.
After hearing No Diggity (which features Dr. Dre) for the first time, several of Dr. Dre's former Death Row colleagues, including Tupac Shakur, recorded and attempted to release the song, containing numerous insults aimed at Dr. Dre and using a deliberately similar instrumental to "No Diggity", but were forced to replace the production after Blackstreet issued the label with a cease and desist order stopping them from distributing the song . He also made an indirect reference to the song Straight Outta Compton of Dr. Dre's former rap group N.W.A. On the outro of the song, Puff Daddy and Lil Kim were dissed. 2Pac also responds to what Puff Daddy said about him in an interview.
The music video was shot on September 6, 1996, one day before Tupac was shot in Las Vegas, It features Shakur, Danny Boy, K-Ci & JoJo; and was directed by Lionel C. Martin. According to Death Row Records, this is the last music video Shakur filmed. Video also includes an appearance from actress LisaRaye McCoy.
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.