So Hov aka Jay Z aka Jay Hova released his “demo” tape for us with an image that has history. Of course, they aren’t talking about that but I WILL. Why? Because all artist/photographers should get their credit. It’s like a producer in music. Even though these days we don’t read cd insert credits like we use too and most the time producers don’t get their credits unless they know the business. BUT needless to say… this one is worth talking about. The same guy that took HOV’s demo photo is the same guy that was Biggie’s favorite photographer and was invited when most weren’t.
Same guy that has more than one pic of Jay Z.
And has images of Wayne when he was “little” and almost tat-less (making up words is cool).
And this IS NOT the first time this image has made it across the world. It is currently being shown in Paris, France at the Maison Folie Moulins as well as in Jersey City, NJ.
This photographer has been behind some of Hiphop’s dopest covers and in magazines from Time to Vibe.
This notorious photographer is known to many as Brother Ernie but professionally it’s Ernie Paniccioli
. Author of “Who Shot Ya?”, subject of “The Otherside of Hiphop” and last year inducted into the Hiphop Hall of Fame as well as most recently honored at Jersey City City Hall.
Who is still humble, wise an undeniable force in Hiphop. But as we know most of today’s Hiphop doesn’t honor the legends like they should. Maybe it’s pride. Maybe they want to be the cool one and not give any shine. I mean why wouldn’t you want to embrace the dude that took pics of you before you were “on top”? Just for story or nostalgia purposes at least. I mean his site is dope and does cover a lot of ill content with culture. Maybe Hov doesn’t feel or think that way but to me it makes the story more meaningful. What do you think?
Love to Easy Mo Bee
as producer on Biggie’s album
Ready to Die is the debut album of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released September 13, 1994 on Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records. It serves as the first release on the record label. Recording sessions for the album took place from 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of The Notorious B.I.G.’s experiences as a young criminal, referring to himself as “the black Frank White”. Ready to Die is his only studio album released during his lifetime; B.I.G. was murdered days prior to the release of his second album Life After Death (1997).
Ready to Die gained strong reviews on release and became a commercial success, reaching quadruple platinum sales. It was significant for revitalizing the East Coast hip hop scene, amid West Coast hip hop’s commercial dominance. The album’s second single, “Big Poppa”, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards. Ready to Die has been regarded by several music critics as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 133 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, making it the third highest hip hop album on the list. In 2006, Time included it on its list of the 100 greatest albums of all time.
The production on the album was mainly handled by Easy Mo Bee and The Hitmen, and it was generally well-received by critics. Rolling Stone described the beats as “heavy bottomed and slick,” enhancing the lyrics but not standing in their own right. The production is mainly sample-based with the samples varying from the percussion of funk tracks to the vocals of hip hop songs. Steve Huey presented some criticism over the beats, stating that the “deliberate beats do get a little samey, but it hardly matters: this is Biggie’s show” Cheo H. Coker depicted the beats as “heavy bottomed and slick, but B.I.G.’s rhymes are the showstoppers. The tracks only enhance them, whether it’s the live bass driving a menacing undercurrent or [the] use of bluesy guitar and wah-wah feedback” and that the production is used to “push the rapper to new heights.”
The meaning of the name Dead prez is:
A. Slang for US currency because of the deceased former presidents (except Ben Franklin)
B. A reference to the office of the US presidency and electorial politics being figuratively “dead” to our community
By Stic.man of DP
is one tough lady who has survived decades in a world
not so friendly but it goes to show if a woman is determined, consistent than
NOTHING CAN STOP HER!
Coco Chanel held the title CHIEF DESIGNER until the day she passed
in 1971 but her road wasn’t always an easy stroll.
When she returned to the fashion world the people of Paris snubbed her due to her ties
as a spy with the Nazi’s (code name was Westminster)
but the British and Americans welcomed her and are still her most loyal customers.
She lived at the Hotel Ritz for almost 30 years… and on her last day
she had took a long drive and went to bed early not feeling well.
But whats admirable about Ms. Coco is she held the same schedule / routine
until she passed at 87 yrs old.