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On what would have been his 40th birthday, Ego Trip posts 10 Notorious B.I.G. Videos You Must See.
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posted by clavdivs at 9:50 AM on May 21, 2012


I find it hard to believe he was only 24 years old when he died. He seemed older.
posted by WalkingAround at 9:55 AM on May 21, 2012


He seemed older

Given his morbid obesity, I bet he had the internal organs of a 50 year old.
posted by Renoroc at 10:23 AM on May 21, 2012


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posted by scose at 10:48 AM on May 21, 2012


Great stuff. It makes me sad that moments like this will never occur in hip-hop, or American popular music ever again. Biggie and ODB are larger than life.
posted by shushufindi at 10:57 AM on May 21, 2012


Whooo I'd like to share these free Biggie mixtapes by J. Period. I like Vol. 2 better than the originals. No idea how this has been available for free for years without copyright issues. Vol. 2 will make Biggie sound new again.
posted by shushufindi at 11:02 AM on May 21, 2012


I find it hard to believe that guy made even one video that is a "must see."
posted by Yakuman at 11:40 AM on May 21, 2012


Yakuman, the guy was ferociously talented. If it's not your thing, that's fine, but dropping comments like that is less great, in my opinion.
posted by neuromodulator at 11:46 AM on May 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


The audio quality of these clips is less than stellar.
posted by KokuRyu at 11:47 AM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yakuman, I understand you might not like Notorious B.I.G's work. What I don't understand is why you would think anyone else in this thread would be interested in hearing about your opinion.

What moves a person to post, "Your favorite band sucks"?
posted by IAmBroom at 12:06 PM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Spike Jonez video for "The Sky's the Limit" is a great commentary on the adolescent fantasies that make up most rap videos.
posted by benzenedream at 12:20 PM on May 21, 2012


The Spike Jonez video for "The Sky's the Limit" is a great commentary on the adolescent fantasies that make up most rap videos.

Did you watch any of the linked videos?
posted by iotic at 12:24 PM on May 21, 2012


I did. As I mentioned above, the sound quality sucks, although BIG's dynamism and charisma is easy to observe and identify with. On the other hand, it's easy to make out the usual n-words and references to bitches and whores that we're supposed to overlook, or enjoy ironically.
posted by KokuRyu at 12:35 PM on May 21, 2012


On the other hand, it's easy to make out the usual n-words and references to bitches and whores that we're supposed to overlook, or enjoy ironically.

who's supposed to do what now?
posted by shmegegge at 12:41 PM on May 21, 2012


What moves a person to post, "Your favorite band sucks"?

It's fun to type?

What I realized is this: All Bands Suck1. That is, all bands are hated by somebody, therefore All Bands Suck.

Now, with that, you now know that Your Favorite Band Sucks, and you can now be proud that you listen to Bands That Suck, and you can be happy and secure that that band you don't like is most certainly a Band That Sucks, and people who listen to them listen to Bands That Suck, just like you do!

So, get on with enjoying your favorite bands, even though I know -- and you now know -- that they suck.

Pardon me, I have a CD of amazing suck I need to listen to now.



1 Yes, that includes The Beatles. It might not, however, include Uncle Tupelo, but it seems they existed in a different part of the multiverse where the laws of physics might be different. Wilco and Sun Volt definitely are here, though, so they definitely are Bands That Suck.
posted by eriko at 12:51 PM on May 21, 2012


I find it hard to believe that guy made even one video that is a "must see."

You're doing it wrong. First we need a Tupac thread, then in that thread you big up Tupac and come here and dis Biggie, then someone here shows Biggie love and goes to the Tupac thread and disses him, then you both get flamed in public message boards within months of each other but your trollers are never caught.
posted by Blue Meanie at 1:03 PM on May 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


I just came to get all pissy about the confusing modifier. It's not Ego Trip's 40th birthday.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:45 PM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Every year as the weather gets warmer and folks drive around blasting their car stereos with the windows down, I miss both Biggie and Tupac.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 1:52 PM on May 21, 2012


I could take or leave the Notorious BIG, but the video for "Sky's the Limit" makes me really happy. Apparently it was inspired by Bugsy Malone, which...yeah.
posted by pxe2000 at 1:59 PM on May 21, 2012


I hadn't seen a lot of this footage, and I enjoyed it. It's really weird that it's been so goddamn long since he was killed.

Metafilter has had a lot of hip hop threads lately, which is awesome. The only downside is that, for me, hip hop is one of the topics that the site--on the whole--does not handle especially well.

Good post though. I miss both BIG and hardcopies of Ego Trip.
posted by broadway bill at 4:50 PM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'd love to read a MetaFilter hip-hop thread where some piece of shit doesn't drop in to let us know how lame hip hop is.

Biggie Smalls is the illest.
posted by chunking express at 5:15 PM on May 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'd love to read a MetaFilter hip-hop thread where some piece of shit doesn't drop in to let us know how lame hip hop is.

Has that actually happened in this thread? Not caring for the videos has nothing to do with liking or disliking the work. There are a plenty of bands I like that I would not recommend a single video of.

As for Biggie. I thought his first disc was an instant classic and then the music changed to less than classic. Great voice.
posted by juiceCake at 9:16 PM on May 21, 2012


it's easy to make out the usual n-words and references to bitches and whores

What's easy is to drop glib comments into a thread in a way that only serves to perpetuate anti-black, anti-hip-hop feeling. If you want to critique sexism and/or reappropriation of racist words in hip hop, guess what? This isn't how to do it.
posted by iotic at 11:18 PM on May 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


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