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10 Ways Lil’ Kim Crushed the ’90s

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By Christopher Rosa 

If your first thought is Beyoncé when you hear Queen B, we’re not mad, but before Yoncé there was the original Queen Bee—Lil’ Kim. Reminisce with us about a time when the first lady of no f*cks to give took a hammer to hip-hop’s glass ceiling and crushed the ’90s.

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From Young Gunz To Biggie Junior: Where Are These Hip Hop Babies Now?

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-By Georgette Pierre

Rappers have many different muses that inspire their song lyrics, and these have notably included their kids. Some of our favorite hip hop songs include references to children, making us feel in many ways like we know them -and even care about them. Eminem had lines about his daughter Haile Mathers, and she even had a guest verse on “My Dad’s Gone Crazy.” In our minds she’ll always be about 6 years old, which is why our jaw dropped last October when we learned she was crowned Homecoming Queen. OMG! Daddy’s little girl is not so little anymore. Did we mention that she was a cutie?

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by (@emilyexton)

Was 1994 The Best Year In Hip-Hop? A Look At Classic Albums Turning 20

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After 20 years in the public eye, Nas has been everywhere from the Grammy Awards to Billy on the Street. His most recent achievement, however, is something not even he or his family could have dreamed of. After the National’s Matt Berninger and his brother Tom opened the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival with Mistaken For Strangers, the Queens-born rapper took center stage at this year’s fest with his documentary Time Is Illmatic. The film pays tribute to the acclaimed artist and his breakthrough album, Illmatic, 20 years after its release. Who knew Robert De Niro was such a big music fan?

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by (@emilyexton)

Remembering The Notorious B.I.G. Through Fashion

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It’s been 17 years since the death of the Notorious B.I.G. and his influence can still be felt throughout music today. The Brooklyn-born rapper was a colorful storyteller, multi-platinum selling artist and a style innovator, know for his sharp suits and signature Coogi sweaters.

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by (@Lacezilla)

Where Aren’t They Now? 15 Talented Artists We Lost Too Soon

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Plane crashes. Substance abuse. Gun violence. All 15 of the artists on this list of musicians, rappers, and singers were taken at a flourishing point in their careers, and devoted fans continue to mourn their loss.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Life After Death: The 10 Most Baller Notorious B.I.G. Mashups

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Happy birthday, Biggie! The Notorious B.I.G. (known to his mom as Christopher George Latore Wallace) would have turned 41 years old today, and even though he was tragically killed back in 1997, his music is more alive than ever! Not only have two albums (and a big screen biopic) hit the streets since his death, but dozens of homegrown MCs have taken to remixing his verses into new beats and classic tunes, creating a whole new batch fresh tracks. Some have him sharing the mic with rappers like Kanye West and Jay-Z, while others are unlikely duets with Miley Cyrus and Frank Sinatra! In honor of Biggie Smalls’ big day, we’re going to take a look at our 10 favorite (and mostly NSFW) Biggie mashups. Enjoy!

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Stevie J’s Top 10 Smash Hit Songs

Stevie J's Top 10 Songs

Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star Stevie J. might be better known these days for being the focal point in a love triangle with Mimi and Joseline, but he’s been making paper for nearly two decades now thanks to his amazing talents as a music producer. And he wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill session guy, either: Mr. Rat Face himself was responsible for some of the biggest hits of the ’90s during his time at Bad Boy Entertainment, where he was P. Diddy‘s go to guy and leader of the Hitmen, a group of in-house producers and writers. Here’s a comprehensive look at STEVIE J’S TOP 10 SMASH HIT SONGS.

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