The funny thing is, with all that talk about Chuck Philips and not speaking to Lil’ Kim in years, one part in particular stuck with me. “Let my man rest.” Chuch! It’s been 11 years since Big passed and we still won’t let the man rest. The same goes for Pac.
It’s not only Philips’ crazy theories, but the countless unauthorized posthumous guest spots. If mama gave you the blessing, it’s another thing. Still, if I was one of them rappers and Voletta Wallace or Afeni Shakur asked me to jump on one of their sons’ tracks, I’d respectfully decline. Dudes were really selective when it came to collabos, so who is to say they would have dug me like that? Sure, folks like 50 Cent and Eminem have made some fire records with the late greats, but again, who knows if Big and Pac even would have liked their ass.
Only a few dudes got to rock with the legends. It’s like a members only club. Just last week, my co-worker Brian B. *Dot* Miller aka the Hipster Killer, challenged me to an interesting trivia. Name rappers that have collaborated with at least three dead rappers. Not no posthumous two-track joints, but actual recordings. We brainstormed and struggled to find a few. We came up with a bunch of close calls (Redman, Dr. Dre, Mase, Scarface, Fat Joe, etc, etc.), but almost doesn’t count. I then went on a mission to find at least ten rappers, but miserably failed. Here’s what I got. You guys feel free to add on.
-ODB, On Big Daddy Kanye’s “Show & Prove,” Daddy’s Home, 1994
-Big L, L’s “Da Graveyard,” Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, 1995
-Biggie, “Brooklyn’s Finest,” Reasonable Doubt, 1996, “I Love The Dough,” Life After Death, 1997
-Pimp C, “Big Pimpin,” In My Lifetime Vol 3, 1999
-Old Dirty Bastard, various songs from 93-O4
-Biggie “The What,” Ready To Die, 1994
-Tupac Shakur “Got My Mind Made Up,” All Eyez On Me, 1995
-Big Pun, “Parental Advisory,” Capital Punishment, 1998
-Biggie, Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear” remix, 1994, Diddy’s “Victory,” No Way Out, 1997
-Old Dirty Bastard, “Whoo Ha!” Remix, 1996, “Where’s Your Money,” Unreleased, 2005
-Eazy-E, “Foe tha Love Of $,” Creepin on ah Come Up, 1994
-Biggie, “Notorious Thugs,” Life After Death, 1997
-Tupac, “Thug Luv,” The Art Of War, 1997
-Big L, 8 Iz Enuff, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, 1995
-Big Pun, DJ Clue’s “Fantastic Four,” The Professional, 1998, “Horse & Carriage” rmx, 1998
-ODB, “Violence,” S.D.E. (Sports, Drugs and Entertainment), 2000
B.G.: I’m not intimately familiar with the man’s catalog, but I hear he worked with Big Hawk, Soulja Slim and Pimp C, though.
Honorable Mention: He’s no rapper, but DJ Premier produced for Pun, L and Biggie.
There has to be 10. What do you guys have? Speak on it.