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Shout out to Ratatat for this remix. Dope.

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Don’t sleep on the Vincent Price “Thriller” outtake!

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Biggie on a Kendrick beat – had to happen Pt. 2

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Biggie on a Kendrick beat – had to happen Pt. 1

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This series of remixes begins the final section of the mixtape, where we return to our original question: what if BIG was alive today? The results: Biggie ripping rhymes over new tracks like the original MC’s never could.

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This story blew my mind when I heard it. Biggie inviting Snoop to the studio to hear the last song he ever recorded… where he name drops Snoop as a peace offering? You can’t make this stuff up.

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The original here is probably one of my favorite Biggie songs, produced by the legendary DJ Clark Kent, so I knew that if I was going to touch this one, I would have to create something with a completely different vibe. The track samples “Shady Blues,” also used for Pace Won’s “I Declare War.”

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Jay Elec is such a mystery man, and such a dope MC. I had the privilege of working with him on a previous project for Nneka, which led to this verse. The reference to Jay-Z’s line (which is also a reference to Biggie’s original line, “When the Remy’s in the system…”) sparked this idea of fusing all these samples together to show the storyline that led inspired Jay Elec when he was writing this verse. There’s also been debate about JAY Z’s co-opting of Biggie lines, so I also wanted to make reference to that, by including a clip from “What More Can I Say?” where Jay is addressing the issue directly in his rhymes.

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Since BIG recorded his infamous “7 Mack 11s” verse in several places, this track is my attempt to fuse the two and create something new out of it. For the beat, I flipped JAY Z and Cam’ron’s “Welcome to New York City” with Brooklyn samples… Brooklyn Nets fans may also recognize this track (minus the Biggie) as the intro that is played before every home game at Barclays Center,

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Brooklyn & Reggae go together like nothing else. And hearing Jigga, Bigga and Kim over a dancehall-flavored track I hooked up was too good to be true. And don’t sleep on the Black Moon/Bucktown reference in there! “Don’t front, you know I gotcha opin…”

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“The Message” was on my original list! Not sure how it got deleted. Mos Def “Mathematics” is a great suggestion, although I would vote “New World Water” before that. Public Enemy is featured heavy on the list of my favorite “protest anthems”… I put them in a category by themselves!