R&B Group 702 Mourns the Loss of Irish Grinstead, Sparks Call For Reconciliation

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R&B singer of popular singing group 702, Irish Grinstead, has died at the age of 43 years old. The news of the singer’s death has brought a call for reconciliation amid this tragic loss.  Gone Too Soon: Irish Grinstead  Irish Grinstead, a prominent figure in the 90s music scene as a member of R&B group […]

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Today in Hip-Hop History: The Notorious B.I.G. Dropped His Posthumous ‘Life After Death’ LP 26 Years Ago

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On this day in Hip-Hop history, Notorious B.I.G. released his second album, Life After Death. The double LP was released posthumously by Bad Boy Records. Biggie, who was killed two weeks prior to its release, was nominated for three Grammy’s for this project: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for “Hypnotize” and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Mo Money Mo Problems.”

Featuring artists like 112, Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, Ma$e, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Too $hort and R. Kelly, along with tracks like “Kick In The Door,” “What’s Beef,” “Notorious Thugs,” “Ten Crack Commandments” and “Sky’s The Limit,” it can be said that Life After Death is one of the greatest rap albums of all time. The album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the US Top R&B/Hip Hop chart. It went diamond (that’s 10,000,000 copies sold) in the United States alone, double platinum in Canada, and platinum in the UK. Life After Death has also made appearances on top music charts across the globe. The album has been ranked by countless publications as one of the top rap and Hip-Hop albums of all time (The Source ranked it as #8 in 2005).

Salute to Diddy and the rest of the Bad Bot family for this timeless piece of Hip Hop history!

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112’s ‘Cupid’ Video Gets Some ‘React Like You Know’ Love From 2Rare And TiaCorine

Our React Like You Know series is a hit. In the last episode, we quizzed today’s generation of rappers on the hip-hop cult classic track “Get Money” by Junior Mafia featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Lil Kim. Now, we’re testing a range of Gen-Z recording artists on their knowledge of ’90s R&B, starting with 112’s 1997 song, “Cupid.”

Up to put their musical wits to the test are 2Rare, TiaCorine, Lil Zay Osama, TraTwoThree, Kalan.FrFr, Nascar Aloe, Raiche, Kyle Banks, Bolsen, Pheelz, and more. While many had a laugh about the video’s dated look, comparing it to a 90s Black Harry Potter film, they unanimously agree that the platinum plaque hold record is undeniably smooth.

Rapper 2Rare’s look for the song went a step further as he sampled the song on his breakout single, “Q-Pid” featuring Lil Durk. You can watch his performance of the record as part of our UPROXX Sessions here.

When asked about what about the song made him want to sample it, 2Rare replied, “I’ve been wanted to sample it. I’ve always loved the song. So, when I heard the sample [from DJ Smalls 732], I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s the one,’” he added. “It’s a great song. It’s one of those ones. It makes you feel good.”

You can watch our panel react to the “Get Money” video above.

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Drake Gives Fabolous His Credit: “Wouldn’t Be Anywhere Without This Guy”

Drake paid homage to Fabolous for his influence and impact on his career.

Fabolous is a rapper’s rapper in many ways. Though he’s far from the commercial heights he was once at, there’s really no doubt how impactful he was to the game. From his wordplay to his swag and laidback demeanor, Fab had the game on lock at one point in time.

Over the weekend, Drake hit Instagram with a tribute post to Fab, giving the Brooklyn rapper credit for shaping his style and sound. The rapper posted two throwbacks of Fab in the early 2000s, stating that he “wouldn’t be anywhere without this guy.”

“Real shit @myfabolouslife was really just taking in how much you influenced everything for me,” Drizzy wrote.

Drake Via Instagram
Drake Via Instagram
Drake Via Instagram

In a subsequent post, he shared his love for 112. “Wouldn’t be shit without this,” he added.

Drake Via Instagram
Drake Via Instagram

Drake hasn’t shied away from embracing Fab’s influence on him in the past, either. During a 2018 birthday party, Drake dressed up as Fab, donning a blue Kobe Bryant LA Lakers jersey with a matching fitted cap and a bandana tied on top of it.

The two previously worked together on the “Throw It In The Bag (Remix).” However, there was speculation that there was tension between them after Rolling Stone published an interview with Drake in 2014. Drake appeared to take shots at Fab in discussing Ye’s polarizing Yeezus album.

“There were some real questionable bars on there,” Drake says in the interview. “Like that Swag-hili line? Come on man, man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some shit like that.”

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But, the Brooklyn rapper quickly chalked it up to sensationalized media. He said that he chopped it up with Drake, who apologized for dragging his name into the interview, following the incident.

“It’s over. It’s under the bridge. I got a lot of respect for what Drake does and he’s expressed to me personally, so we move on from there.”

We’ll keep you posted if Fab responds to Drake’s shout out.

J.I. Comes Through with “It’s Officially Done”

J.I. brought a healthy dose of nostalgia with the release of his latest single, “It’s Officially Done.”

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Today, the “Toxic” rapper returned with his first offering of the new year. “It’s Officially Done” brings a classic New York swag to the forefront with a bit of modernization. The rapper takes on a sample from 112’s “It’s Over Now” and transforms it into a smooth banger. His melodies shine on the record but he also showcases his growth and maturity over the years.

J.I.’s kept a consistent stream of music on hand in the past few years since releasing Welcome To GStarr Vol. 1 in 2020. He dropped off the third installment in the Hood Life Krisis series shortly after before releasing Young & Restless Vol. 1 Baby Don last year. During that time, he expanded well-beyond New York with collaborations alongside artists in the UK and even Spanish-speaking rappers.

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J.I. certainly came a long way since his appearance on The Rap Game — the same show that gave Latto her big break. The rapper’s gone onto earn co-signs from artists like Drake and Roddy Ricch while carving his sound out further. We’re excited to hear what he has up his sleeve this year.

Check out his new single below.

Quotable Lyrics
Before you last a day inside these kicks, you gotta polish ’em
I could make you wet but I can’t make no promises
40 thousand dollars on my wrist to see what time it is
When you was fucked up, who you called on? When you slip up, who you fall on?

Today In Hip Hop History: The Notorious B.I.G.’s Posthumous ‘Life After Death’ LP Turns 25 Years Old!

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A quarter century ago today in Hip-Hop history, Notorious B.I.G. released his second album, Life After Death. The double LP was released posthumously by Bad Boy Records. Biggie, who was killed two weeks prior to its release, was nominated for three Grammy’s for this project: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for “Hypnotize” and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Mo Money Mo Problems.”

Featuring artists like 112, Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, Ma$e, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Too $hort and R. Kelly, along with tracks like “Kick In The Door,” “What’s Beef,” “Notorious Thugs,” “Ten Crack Commandments” and “Sky’s The Limit,” it can be said that Life After Death is one of the greatest rap albums of all time. The album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the US Top R&B/Hip Hop chart. It went diamond (that’s 10,000,000 copies sold) in the United States alone, double platinum in Canada, and platinum in the UK. Life After Death has also made appearances on top music charts across the globe. The album has been ranked by countless publications as one of the top rap and Hip-Hop albums of all time (The Source ranked it as #8 in 2005).

Salute to Diddy and the rest of the Bad Bot family for this timeless piece of Hip Hop history!

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