There was a time where artists weren’t afraid of speaking their minds or how they truly felt about another persons music. Its not so today because theres alot of wack rappers that are getting cosigned left and right because another artist is afraid of being looked upon as a “hater”. Well before Hip Hop became so politically correct. The game around the mid 90s was very unapologetic, the rules were in tact and you were able to speak your mind without worrying about being blackballed.
Hence this classic interview from the late Notorious B.I.G. Biggie did this interview a year before he died and it pissed alot alot of people(Mainly E-40 who had Biggie set up and checked out in Cali) But you have to give Biggie his respect for speaking his mind about who he really felt was wack and who he felt was dope. Enjoy the article!
This was a question answer session Biggie did with the audience askin’
questions. It was in a free magazine called Peace! This is how he rated
the rappers asked.
Redman: The new Redman!?! Seven. I can’t diss him cuase I know he got
skills. He get busy on the lyrics but I can’t feel his new shit, his new
cosmic crazy shit. I’m used to the clean cut blowout fly nigga. When I met
the nigga he was a fly nigga, you know what I’m sayin’, now he on some
different shit I really don’t like when a rapper come out and they blow
up the way they are and they come out again on some changed up shit. To
me, that’s like getting some good coke from poppy and then getting some
money and then be like,’fuck that! I’m getting some more 45ths, some brown
shit and then bag that up.’ Why would you change your plan? That’s what he
did to me.
E-40: No rating! Zero! I don’t fuck with duke at all. At all.
Too $hort: Ten. That’s my dog right there. I love that nigga. That’s my
man. The calibre of shit he got. Cocktails shit, I ain’t got to see that
shit yet. I know that shit was hot! I was with him in Atlanta and we were
just kickin’ it and shit. That’s my dog. I love that man.
Craig Mack: I don’t really like him too much either, dog. I can’t give him
a zero though ’cause he got some hot shit but like five…four, since he
on some different shit, some shit I can’t relate to. I’m from the hood, he
from the suburbs so it’s completely different shit. I don’t really like
the music too much. I like the beats but that (scats) it’s not rhymes for
me, it’s just some prety kid shit.
Eiht: I like Eiht’s shit. I give Eiht like an eight. He got some hard
shit, some real shit.
Snoop Doggy Dogg: Snoopy??? I like Snoop. I give him like an eight. I like
He sits and reflects on what we have asked and offers, “I’m into fly pimp,
straight flat shit. I don’t like no nigga that I have to decipher but some
shit that I don dicipher I give a ten…Nas, I give Jeru a ten, I give
(Someone shouts out KRS-One.)
KRS-One: KRS-One?? Naahhh…I don’t like KRS no more ’cause he just think
he’s too dope. He let his ego take over his shit and that’s what brings
him down. When he was like that (shouts “Blow it to yourself”), when he was
like that, then he was a ten but now, ‘I am Hip Hop’!!! Eat a dick nigga.
Eat a muthaphukkin dick!
Guru: Premier??? Umm…who else I give a ten too? I like Keith. Keith’s
shit is hot.
Outkast: I like them too…six…seven.
Big Mike: Six…Seven
Scarface: Seven…eight. He got some hard shit. Face got some hard shit.
R.A. The Rugged One: The white boy??!! The one that I did the jam with???
That’s who you talkin’ about? Two…might be a three, I did the song, they
paid me a lot of money, that’s why I did it. The beat was knockin’.
Dr.Dre & Ed Lover: Those are my boys. I just like them niggas, know what
I’m sayin’. You don’t rate niggas. I just like them niggas. They just friends.
Cypress Hill: I used to like them. The first, shit, that first “How i can
just kill a man” joint, I was liking that but that new age smoke out
New Kingdom: Who? Never heard of them.
Da Brat: I like Da Brat. I like her ****. I give her a nice six. She ain’t
the dopest female MC but I like her single. I like how she comin’.
The topic of females MC’s arrives and Biggie Speaks. “The dopest female MC
that has a record deal that’s out right now is Rage, but my Mc that’s
Little Kim, is the dopest female MC that’s coming out ever. Ever.
She gets busy like a nigga that’s why I like her style. Hard shit! She
speaks on suckin dicks…,shooting niggas, real shit that real bitches do
that they are just scared to talk about, just how I came out, on some real
Naughty By Nature: I like all of ’em. I got a relationship with Treach. I
got a relationship with Vinnie and I got a relationship with K, but you
know what I’m sayin’, the music itself it seems that they just wanna make
that one hit. Once they got that one hit everything else don’t count.
That’s why I can’t dig that. I want a nigga that’s gonna be like, ‘Yo, I
heard an album that’s like nine joints I like three, I like maybe the
single, the remix. I don’t want no album like that.
Ice Cube: The old one or the new one? Kickiyaya???? It’s not the same
shit. It’s like nigga is changing too much for me and I can’t keep the
love. I respect the nigga because I know back in the day he used to do
his thing so I can’t dis him but the new shit right now is…
The topic of quitting before the game gets up on you is put on the table.
“I quit before it get on me like that dog!! I know my niggas keep it real.
My niggas be like,’Big, you are sleeping. That shit right there ain’t no
Ready to Die type shit’. I take my niggas word. If shit ain’t right, it
ain’t right. I ain’t putting it out. I quit before a nigga say Big was
wack. fuck that!! I produce, get a label, do something. fuck that!
Tupac: Pac get busy. People can’t take nothing from him. On the lyrics he
get busy, straight up. That nigga got some hard shit dog for real, and
it’s like the sad thing about it. When he started working on his new album
he’s got now, Out on Bail, (retitled and released as Me Against The World)
he had so many raw east coast producers and shit. The shit was sounding
real tight ’cause everybody always says Pac had lyrics but his beats was
back. He was up in New York when he was working on Above the Rim shit and
he was working on his album at the same time. I put him on to Mo Bee. I
put him on to L.G. He has Action, Special Ed’s DJ, he had some hard shit.
(HE) went back to the west and just started getting back into that other ****.
Dr. Dre: Beats? Incredible!
The topic of producers arrives and names are fired out for Biggie to rate.
“Who do I think every beat they make is just ridiculous??!!…
Ant Banks: I like Banks. I like that whole shit though. Ant BAnks shit,
the whole Dangerous crew shit.”
Who is a ten producer?
“Ain’t nobody perfect dog. Everybody got their little faults and shit but
the only one I seen that’s been hitting hard with their shit is Premier.
Every joint that he be putting out right now is just ridiculous, from
Jeru’s shit, to the new group he got, the Group Home shit, to the shit he
did with me. The shitis hard, yo! The beats is crazy.”
Sir Mix-a-lot: Nothing! I love his coats. I would love to be in the game
like how that nigga get in the game. I wanna be just as large as those
fools but get busy, cut the bullshit fuck saying…I got millions but
God damn that nigga get on the mic it’s just something terrible dog. I
just wanna get busy on the mic more than anything. The little bitch game
the niggs play with the girls, man! A nigga just throw some bitches in
they shit and they just sit there, like from the “Tootsie Roll” shit to
the “Whoot! There it is!” It’s the same shit. You get trapped up
with these hoes. That shit ain’t got nothing to do with hip hop. Nothing!
The topic of wack lyrics arises and Biggie states:
“I don’t wanna be a nigga paying so much attention to the fuckiing
networking and all that other shit and I’m not paying’ no attention to
these rhymes. That’s what made me get to where I’m at so I gotta make sure
the lyrics is hard.”
K-Dee: “The greatest MC in the world”?? I like that track. He don’t
really be saying nothing to me, you know, like lyrically he don’t be
saying nothing to me. What make it so bad is when they come out with some
shit that’s like half ass and like you wonder like, “I wonder how the
video will be.” And then they got a video with this nigga spinning this
bottle and I’m like OK, what’s gonna happen when the bottle stops and the
bottle is spinning for like three fucking minutes and then it stops and
everybody laughs like ha, and he spins again!!! Who directed this? Cube,
it had to be. It’s just that funny style shit that I can’t fuck with. I
like flat on the table shit, like my shit. They try to stick me for my shit I shot ’em. Period. There’s no helicopter scenes with me talkin to
somebody like , ‘Well, how’s the record doing?’ There’s no shit on there
that you could be like why is that shit in there. That’s how I like the
shit, just regular shit.
Easy-E: (before his untimely death)-I like Easy-E. Easy-E is a real ill
nigga. He’s sharp as a tack on top but rhymin’ even he knows. He took a
group from the hood and just put them on and two million. Bing! He know
how to do that shit. Same thing with Luke and all the rest of them niggas.
Man, I just think they take another turn. I can let you hear some Easy-E
shit on some old NWA shit and niggas would think Easy was nice, you know
what I’m saying, so he know.
MC Breed: He ain’t come out with nothing too wrong for me. I gotta hear
some shit. I know once when I was in L.A. I saw Breed at Fattburger and
that nigga just took me into the room and just got me smoked out. He had
me listening to some ill beats and shit that he work on production too and
I didn’t know that. That’s a plus for MC’s. If you can make your own beats
you got props because producing is better than being an artist.
Warren G: That’s my man. nigga came to Brooklyn, he came to check me. He
just came to hood and shit, pulled up in a little Crysler, jumped out and
Warren G was on the ave. drinking Crazyhorse and shit, you know what I’m
saying”cause I ain’t gonna lie, I ain’t going to his hood, staight up!
Wu-Tang Clan/Method Man: Wu-Tang is hot! I like their shit. I love that
shit. I like their shit because they have a real I don’t give a fuck
attitude. ‘We in this game to blow thefuck up! We don’t give a fuck what
happens. All of us is gonna do our thing and we just gonna do it.’ And
they just did it. You can hear punches, you hear so much shit in that
album you know damn these guys is not giving a fuck. At the beginning of
CREAM, when that shit start!! Voila! Oh my God, this is some rushed shit
but I dig it.
The Roots: The Roots album. The Roots album is hot! On the strength, they
rock the whole album for a whole hour. I was definetly in dibelief. I like
the single, I really did but other people were like, ‘Single was hot but I
wasn’t paying attention to the album at all.’
Did you dis The Roots on the remix for “Flavour in your ear”?
“I stepped to them about that. They heard about it but they knew I said
Gooch (a character on the Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Dano Plato series
Different Strokes) so that’s all they cared about. As long as they knew I
wasn’t trying to dis them. It’s over.”
Are you really the crew who will take it to that other level if someone
steps to you?
“For real! For real! We be banging! We be banging! We’re definatly the
crew that just go out of the world. We take it to the extra extra limit. I
mean that shit from the bottom of my fuckiin’ heart. Cold blow your head
off. fuck the rap. fuck Puff, fuck Arista, Clive, BMG!!! I don’t give a
fuck. It’s over!!! Anything happen to me it’s over!! They just throw the
whole shit in the toilet. I don’t give a fuck, we banging now! Everything
is switched over for real man. A nigga ain’t gonna dis me. niggas is not
dissing me, man!!!!