Tuesday, 10 March 2015

DJ M-Rock - The Best of Notorious B.I.G. (2012)

Thought this was fitting since it's the 18th anniversary of his passing, this is one of the better tribute mixes out their, even if it's 3 years old. Big ups to M-Rock over at http://djmrock.com/ for this, here's what he has to say about this mix:

"I’m pleased to drop this brand new Best of Biggie for all his fans. On top of that, I’m happy I made the march 9th death anniversary deadline. Long story short, I was working on another Valentine’s tape because the first was so well-received, and then Cabbie said I should really do a March 9th BIG tape. It made sense because it’s been long overdue and the timing. That was it, my RNB tape had to get pushed back. I have nothing to say about him dying or being sad. It’s not like he was a positive person or had amazing messages. He knew how to make bangers and that matters a lot. With Biggie, I constantly notice the versatility – is he rnb or is he hardcore preemo hip-hop or pop or just on a real demo vibe? I can never decide because he keeps going somewhere different, after it sinks in that he murdered one style. The versatility is not just because of him – don’t forget the producers: The Hitmen, Easy Mo Bee, Puff, DJ Premier, in that order (not to compare Premier to anybody). I don’t know if Big was thinking of putting in D-Train’s lines for “Sky’s the Limit” but I found it interesting how heavily he was involved in the production. For example, he would suggest sampling R. Kelly for the Premier-produced “Unbelievable” or tell D-Dot (one of Kanye West‘s mentors) that he was planning on using “Ladi Dadi” for the hook in “Hypnotize”. Who’s doing that? Who’s 17 years old and freestyling with perfection on street corners in the daylight and getting a crowd? Nobody. I love artists who master their craft. How can you not? Thanks to my peoples for reminding me about tracks like “Think Big” that I never even knew. Take an hour and a half and let the funk sit in. Enjoy."

  1. M-Rock’s Intro
  2. Ten Crack Commandments
  3. Walk on By – Isaac Hayes *
  4. Warning
  5. Respect
  6. Dolly My Baby – Supercat +
  7. Me And My Bitch (Live)
  8. Can’t You See – Total +
  9. I’m Going Down – Mary J. Blige **
  10. The What ft. Method Man
  11. Rap Phenomenon ft. Method Man
  12. Think Big – Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard + Lord Tariq +
  13. Unbelievable
  14. Kick In The Door
  15. The Points ft. Redman, Busta Rhymes +
  16. Playa’s Anthem – Junior Mafia +
  17. Ya Playin’ Yaself – Jeru The Damaja ^
  18. Flava In Ya Ear Remix – Craig Mack +
  19. Benjamins – Puff Daddy +
  20. Get Money – Junior Mafia +
  21. Gimme The Loot
  22. Machine Gun Funk
  23. Ladi Dadi – Slick Rick *
  24. Hypnotize
  25. Dreams
  26. Real Love (Remix) – Mary J Blige +
  27. Clean Up Woman – Betty Wright *
  28. Everyday Struggle
  29. Everyday Struggle – FaithEvans ft. Raekwon **
  30. Real Niggaz Do Real Things
  31. Going Back To Cali
  32. California Love/Hip-Hop – 2Pac/Dead Prez ^
  33. Garden Freestyle – 2Pac +
  34. Gettin’ Money – Junior Mafia +
  35. Hit Em Up – 2Pac ^
  36. Who Shot Ya (Juggle)
  37. I Show Ya – LL Cool J ^
  38. Notorious Thugs ft. Bone Thugs N Harmony
  39. Dead Wrong ft. Eminem
  40. I Got A Story To Tell
  41. Juicy
  42. Realest Niggas ft. 50 Cent
  43. Da B Side – Da Brat, JD +
  44. Only You (Remix) – 112 +
  45. I Love The Dough ft. Jay-Z & Angela Winbush
  46. I Just Wanna Love You – Jay-Z **
  47. The World Is Filled
  48. Brooklyn’s Finest – Jay-Z +
  49. Party & Bullshit (Lord Finesse Remix)
  50. Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down – Brand Nubian *
  51. Cars + Sex
  52. Notorious
  53. P.S.K. (What Does It Mean) – Schoolly D *
  54. B.I.G. (Interlude)
  55. Been Around The World – Puff Daddy +
  56. Mo Money Mo Problems ft. Kelly Price, Mase, Puff Daddy
  57. Nasty Girl (Remix) ft. Jagged Edge
  58. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans, 112 ^
  59. Keep On – D-Train *
  60. Crush On You – Junior Mafia +
  61. Big Poppa
  62. Between the Sheets – Isley Brothers *
  63. Fuck You Tonight (feat. R. Kelly)
  64. Be happy – R. Kelly +
  65. Bobby Caldwell – My Flame *
  66. Sky’s The Limit ft. 112
  67. Stay With Me – Debarge *
  68. One More Chance ft. Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige
^ About The Notorious B.I.G.
+ Features The Notorious B.I.G.
** Samples The Notorious B.I.G.
* Sampled By The Notorious B.I.G.
Liner Notes
  • “I’m here to bring the drama”. The 2pac and Big set (around 3 or 4 songs) is disturbing and going to get me hated on. I brought their whole beef to life but going from Pac’s ranting, to Big’s, to the sounds of Big sticking a gun in someone’s mouth, to Big’s own heartbeat dying down into death. I’m here to bring the drama.
  • The cuts on the whole tape are Preemo influenced. I’m getting more and more tired of the cuts I learned from the tablist era circa 98′, I want to take it back to that funky essence. Expect to hear simpler and simpler stuff on future tapes.
  • Think Big: That whole “Jay-Z You Don’t Know” type pattern was a lot of fun to come up with. I’ve been dragging my feet with production, but that right there wasn’t too far off from it. Sometimes my mixtapes are barely about mixing, but about making new hooks that really get into my fans’ ears.
  • The RNB section at the end: I’m less into tablism nowadays and more into this stuff, this really well-mixed or harmonized sequence of songs. This was the first part I started making, and I’ve had this whole section on repeat since I made it a few weeks ago.
Artwork by Jordan England.

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