Favorite DJ – Clinton Sparks Feat. Jermaine Dupri, DJ Class & Ariez Onasis

Ariez Onasis hopped on Clinton Sparks new single over the weekend, Favorite DJ featuring DJ Class & Jermaine Dupri.

Favorite DJ – Clinton Sparks Feat. DJ Class, Jermaine Dupre & Ariez Onasis

Just in case you missed it, check out Ariez interview he did with HHTT.

Rare Joints from the Notorious Biggie Smalls

Alright, first up is this joint off of Tracey Lee’s debut 1997 album, Many Facez which featured a couple verses from the Notorious B.I.G.  Coincidentally The Buchanans flipped the same sample six years later for Jay-Z on What More Can I Say off The Black Album.

Keep Your Hands High – Tracey Lee Feat. Biggie Smalls

Next up is a personal favorite of mine which got much play on the old boombox, taken from Funkmaster Flex’s 60 Minutes of Funk Volume 2.  This one if you’ve never heard it is a must-have, featuring The Lox & Biggie over RZA‘s classic C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) instrumental.

Biggie & Lox Freestyle Funk Flex

Big was the shit on R & B jams too which is evident on this Jermaine Dupri & Da Brat heater for the Bad Boys Soundtrack in 95.  B-I-G glides effortlessly over that polished So So Def production like no other, plus the classic Gap Band sample ties it together oh so smoothly.

Da B-Side – Da Brat & Jermaine Dupri Feat. Notorious B.I.G.

What happened between 2pac and Biggie was truly a shakesperian-like tragedy, one time friends turned enemies over petty disputes and miscommunication.  Two icons that propelled each other to heights unseen in Hip-Hop before and probably will never be seen again.  Listening to the original version of Runnin (not Eminem’s 2003 remix) makes me wonder what a Pac/Big reunion would’ve sounded like in 2010.  “Nothing sadder in life than wasted talent” 

Runnin – 2pac Feat. Biggie Smalls & The Outlawz

In case you missed it, Notorious B.I.G. 2009 tribute

H.A.T.E. U (remix) – Mariah Carey Feat. Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman & Big Boi

Mariah Carey enlists the help of Atlanta natives Jermaine Dupri, Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman & Big Boi to help remix Mariah’s H.A.T.E. U.Hate U – Mariah Carey Feat. OJ Da Juiceman, Gucci Mane & Big Boi

H.A.T.E. U itself is a throwback to Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Bass All-Star days as it samples Ghost Town DJs classic mid 90’s summer record My Boo.My Boo – Ghost Town DJ\’s