Tag Archives: The Notorious B.I.G.

John Starks says Biggie song NOT about him

Wait, what? A John Starks mention on GWHH? Especially given that we’re such big Bulls fans? Haha, well, the latter will never truly matter and this story is just too fun and it was brought up again with Bomani Jones & Dan Le Batard on ESPN’s Highly Questionable.

The story, a great #TBT by the way for the youngest generation of hip hop fans, stems from 1996 and Notorious B.I.G.’s “I Got A Story To Tell”. Press play above and listen up. Biggie describes a seemingly true account of sleeping with a Knicks player’s girl and then robbing said Knicks player when he came back to the house. In the song, Biggie casually mentions he was 6’5″, which eliminates someone like star Patrick Ewing of course.

But since the song’s release, it was assumed the player in question was John Starks, one of the Knicks’ main guards in the 90s and a hard-nosed, sometimes loose cannon player who embodied the team’s toughness. Starks tells Bomani & Le Batard that it wasn’t him and that he’s actually 6’2″. He also indicates there’s some truth to the story though but stays close to the chest about who Biggie’s actually referring to, inspiring some great reactions though from the hosts. 2:02 mark

At the very least, this lets us relive, or hear for the first time, a Biggie song on this TBT day with a story that ultimately doesn’t mean too much today. If you are that intrigued to figure out who this Knicks player is, this blog titled What Would Oakley Do? (great blog name) has about as detailed a breakdown as you want.

Common “Speak My Piece” (prod. No I.D.)

Over the weekend, I predicted another preview of Nobody’s Smiling to come sooner than later, and sure enough, this Monday morning keeps on giving with “Speak My Piece”, produced by No I.D. The latter sets the tone with a brilliant, raw sample of Biggie that is prevalent throughout. Common drops some slick verses on this one with a few lines dropping that literally made me go, “Ohhh!”. Nuff said, right? Easy *Tibs Fav.


h/t FSD

ICYMI: Common ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ [Tracklist + Features] | “Kingdom” video dir. Hype Williams

Jeopardy! 90s Rap Category

What’s better than a rap category on Jeopardy?

Alex Trebek rapping some classic 90s hip hop songs in a rap category on Jeopardy!

In the Battle of the Decades episodes this week, the game’s best players return and are greeted with this 90s Rap Song category wherein, perhaps the most famous Jeopardy! player of ’em all, Ken Jennings, gets the most correct. I won’t spoil anything other than that so you can play along as well.

The Notorious B.I.G. x Jay Z “Picasso Biggie (!llmind Remix)”

March 9th is a date hip hop will never forget. In today’s social media society, the #RIPBIG tributes appropriately flood your timeline at the stroke of midnight. One fresh tribute I caught this morning is this remix by producer !llmind as he blends Timbaland‘s “Picasso Baby” beat with Biggie’s verses from “Sky’s the Limit”. #OldSchoolSundays. Listen below and remember Notorious on this 16th anniversary of his untimely passing.

h/t Highsnobiety