View Full Version : Mixtape Monday - Notorious B.I.G.

03-06-2007, 06:11 AM
Artist: Notorious B.I.G.

Representing: The best hip-hop has to offer

Mixtape: The Best of Biggie: 10th Anniversary Mixtape

411: You really don't need a whole bunch of writing to explain what's going on this week: It will be 10 years Friday since we lost arguably the most talented MC ever. One of the people who helped Big get his start, Mister Cee, is commemorating our heavy loss with a celebration. Cee, who released his first Best of Biggie mixtape 10 years ago, is making sure that no one ever forgets the MC, just how Biggie would have wanted it.

"The mixtape is not really focusing on his singles," said Cee Bad Boy's Greatest Hits disc, dropping Tuesday, will serve that purpose. "You're not gonna hear 'Hypnotize' and those type of records, but it's focusing on guest appearances. All the guest appearances he's ever appeared on. Original versions. Nothing remade, original duets he's done with other artists. Then you have the freestyles he's done. The freestyles done with me or other DJs like DJ Enuff, Funk Master Flex. Then also, there's some original versions to songs. There's some songs you're gonna hear that you've heard the album versions, but you never heard it with the original track.

"There's also some live stuff," he added. "Live from Madison Square Garden, Philly, London. It just really shows the short amount of time Biggie was here, the amount he's done. It's over 70 songs and a double-CD. I also want to big up my man DJ Whoo Kid. He's been helping me out to get back in the fold of doing what I gotta do to get back out in the mixtape circuit. It's probably gonna be the last mixtape I ever do. I hope people cherish the way I am."

Joints To Check For:

* "Freestyle at Mister Cee's Crib." "Everybody is always asking me about that particular freestyle," Cee said. "We did that in my house over the beat for 'I Didn't Mean To' by Casual from the Hieroglyphics. There's also a freestyle that me and Biggie did together. I played it once on [New York hip-hop station] Hot 97 last year. Everybody loved it. That was the only time he did a freestyle for me at the house. He knocked it out in two takes. If you really listen to it, you can hear the fire truck passing. I was still living in Bed Stuy [Brooklyn] at the time. You could tell it was definitely a home recording. It wasn't no professional studio. It was two turntables with a microphone plugged into the mixer. I don't think [Biggie's 1994 LP] Ready to Die was out yet, but Big had the success off of 'Party and Bullsh--' and the ['Real Love'] remix with Mary [J. Blige]. His popularity was growing."

* Pepsi commercial. "Yeah, Biggie did a Pepsi commercial that DJ Enuff produced," Cee revealed. "I think Biggie got into some trouble right before it was supposed to come out, so Pepsi never used it because he got arrested. When you hear it, Big is going hard ... talking about Pepsi!"

* "Where Brooklyn At" (Madison Square Garden freestyle). "This is the infamous freestyle with Tupac and Big Daddy Kane at MSG," Cee said. "That was during the Budweiser Superfest. I always had a habit of recording me and Kane's live performances, especially when I knew different rappers were gonna come on. The sound guy, I begged and pleaded with him to let me record. He was like, 'Nah, it's a union thing,' but he finally let me record. Believe it or not, that live performance was recorded on a 120-minute cassette. There was no CD recorders, there were DATs of course, but I always kept a 120-minute cassette with me. The funny thing about that day is that when you hear the performance, you hear Biggie, you hear Tupac, but we also brought out Fat Joe that night. Positive K came out. Shyheim came out that's when he had 'On and On' out. We only had 10 minutes. So we brought all those rappers out, got them on and off and was able to do our hits within a 10-minute time frame."