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Dedicated to Rebecca Rose Schwartz (June 3, 1968 - February 11, 2002) I composed this song when Rebecca and I were living together. We were so much inlove.
Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), best known as The Notorious B.I.G. , was an American rapper and hip hop artist. He was also known as Biggie Smalls (or simply Biggie ) (after a character in the 1975 film Let's Do It Again ), Big , Big Poppa , and as Frank White (after the main character of the 1990 film King of New York ). [ 2 ] Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City . When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York 's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream. [ 3 ] The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud . On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles .
Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), best known by his stage names 2Pac (or Pac for short) and Makaveli was an American rapper and actor . [ 1 ] Shakur has sold over 75 million albums worldwide as of 2010, [ 2 ] making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world . Rolling Stone named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. [ 3 ] Shakur began his career as a roadie , backup dancer , and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground , eventually branching off as a solo artist. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ] The themes of most of Shakur's songs revolved around the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism and other social problems. Both of his parents and several other of his family were members of the Black Panther Party , whose ideals were reflected in his songs.
James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), [ 1 ] better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee , was an American record producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip-hop scene in Detroit, Michigan . According to his obituary at NPR.org, he "was one of the music industry's most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts including A Tribe Called Quest , De La Soul , Busta Rhymes , The Pharcyde and Common ." [ 2 ] Yancey died in 2006 of the blood disease Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura . [ edit ] Biography [ edit ] Early life James Yancey was the oldest of four children including a younger brother (Earl), a younger sister (Martha) and a younger brother, John, also a rapper/producer known as Illa J.
$25,000 Reward LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Thursday, May 13, 1999 City Councilman John Ferraro and the Los Angeles Police Department will conduct a press conference on May 14, 1999 at 2:30 p.m. in front of 4902 Placidia Avenue, North Hollywood, to announce a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the murder of Hillary Davis.
Mary Christine Brockert (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010), better known by her stage name Teena Marie , was an American singer, songwriter and producer. She was known as Tina [ 1 ] before taking the stage name Teena Marie, then she later acquired the nickname of Lady Tee (sometimes spelled Lady T), given to her by collaborator and friend, Rick James . She was known for her distinctive soulful vocals which initially caused many listeners to believe she was black. Her success in R&B and soul and loyalty to these genres would earn her the title Ivory Queen of Soul. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas . She also wrote, produced, sang, and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release, Irons in the Fire , which she later said was her favorite album.