Throwback Thursday: A Special Dedication to Biggie #RIPNotoriousBIG #Invisiblebully

droc-biggie_0This Sunday, March 9th, marks the anniversary of the death of Christopher Wallace, a.k.a The Notorious B.I.G.  Coined a “Hip-Hop Holiday” by Diddy, it will definitely be a weekend of Biggie love on the radio, on music video outlets, in the streets, and in fashion.  Oh, you didn’t know about the fashion?? Invisible Bully, the clothing line collaboration between Biggie and his best friend D-Roc, is still going strong with clean Ts, sweatshirts, and hats.  IVNS stands behind the slogan “Thoughts are invisible and only those that believe in the invisible can achieve the impossible.”  This is actually a variation of a quote that has been linked to everyone from Albert Einstein to Jesus, but the real inspiration for the line’s name comes from Biggie always referring to D-Roc as his “Invisible Bully” in his lyrics.  No matter where you are this Sunday, give a Big-Up to Brooklyn and to Biggie. He is gone but not forgotten. Watch the video, download some music, maybe buy some T-shirts, and have a moment of celebration for Biggie’s life.

 

 

Friday Food For Thought

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On that note,  prepare to be healed.  I give you this Mayer Hawthorne and Kendrick Lamar collaboration, which makes me think of Summer block parties, cold drinks, and the sun.  If you are on the east coast like me, you need it. 

Old School for the New School: Afrika Bambaataa is Teaching Hip-Hop 101 to Your Kids. #Cornelluniversity #hiphop

Even if you don’t know him, you know him.  Hip-Hop Icon Afrika Bambaataa brought you Renegades of Funk, Just get up and Dance, and Planet Rock (Everyone knows Planet Rock). And now he will teach it to the world.  Cornell University, a private Ivy league research university in Ithaca, NY, has offered him a three term deal as a visiting scholar to teach Hip-Hop music and culture. South Bronx in the house! Meanwhile, Cornell’s library holds the largest national archive of hip-hop culture.  I’m completely serious… and a little pissed that I didn’t know about this when I decided to go to PITT.  However, I am 100 years old, so they were probably building it at the time.

How do I get in this class?  How can I get my friends in?  Just the other day my 25 year old coworker looked at a flyer for a party we were attending and said “who’s da-see-eff-x?”  Das EFX, fool!  Please Afrika, help them.

Now I want to hear Planet Rock.