News: DJ Clark Kent Names His All-Time Fave Notorious B.I.G. Record, "The Rhymes Were Out Of This World"
Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 8:40AM
Music veteran DJ Clark Kent recently revealed his all-time favorite Notorious B.I.G. record and despite being the mastermind behind "Brooklyn's Finest," the producer said his pick dates back to the late rap mogul's 1994 debut album.
For Kent, his all-time fave Biggie record is the DJ Premier-produced "Unbelievable."
Produced by the highly regarded DJ Premier, "Unbelievable" mixed a thumping track and raw lyrics with an unlikely R&B sample for some head-nodding results. Back in 1994, there was still a stigma attached to mixing R&B with hard-core hip-hop, and even DJ Premier once admitted that he thought it would be a bad idea to use R. Kelly's vocals from "Your Body's Calling" for the underground song's hook. Premier initially argued that the sample wouldn't match beat he'd chopped up from the Honey Drippers' 1973 classic "Impeach the President." But in the end, it all blended perfectly. "The record, it's so hard, the rhymes were so hard and the beat was so hard," DJ Clark Kent told Sway. "And he took R. Kelly's singing and made it a hook. How do you take something that pretty, put it on a beat that hard and then rhyme crazy and it comes out that perfect?" (MTV)
Earlier this week, Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy named his fave joint off B.I.G.'s Life After Death.
"Aww man, Life After Death? It would probably have to be ...," Diddy responded when Sway asked him to pick his #1 LAD track while the two were on the set of a Miami video shoot in January. " 'My Downfall,' 'My Downfall' is my favorite joint." The Hitmen-produced track is a gut-wrenching display of Brooklyn bravado. "My Downfall" is prefaced by a skit in which Biggie receives death threats over the phone, exemplifying the type of resentment that Big's success brought out in his detractors. With rap legend DMC on the song's hook and Diddy adding fiery ad libs, B.I.G. eerily pondered his own death. (MTV)
Just a few days ago, B.I.G.'s 18 year-old daughter T'yanna Wallace named her favorite Big Poppa record.
"When I first started listening to it, it wasn't like that, but the older I get, I swear I fall in love with his music more and more and more and more. I'm like, talent out the butt," T'yanna said when asked if she was amazed at her father's lyrical prowess growing up. "[My favorite B.I.G. song so far?] It changes all the time. Right now, currently, still, 'Machine Gun Funk' is my favorite song. ... That is my all-time favorite." (Hot 97)
Last week, 112's Slim spoke to SOHH about his bond with Biggie and how much of an impact he had on him at the start of his career.
"Every time I am working on an album, I feel like the Notorious B.I.G. is with me. Every time. Especially when I'm on stage, every time. It's a must that I play these records and I do the 112 records and it's amazing. I miss him a lot. Can you imagine what would have popped off by now if he was still alive? At the end of the day, I miss him and at the same time, I feel like he's with me and in my heart. I love him to death." (SOHH Guest Star)
Check out "Unbelievable" below: