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Young Money Shines A Spotlight On Their Roster In ‘Rise Of An Empire’

Quite a bit has changed since the massive success of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III pushed his Young Money roster into the public eye. His Canadian protégé became exactly who we thought he’d be: a colossally accomplished Billboard regular blurring the lines of rap, pop, and R&B into a millennial culture soup; his female doppelganger proved to be as enterprising as she is adept sharing his knack for eccentricity; and the rest of his cast confirmed their roles as bottom tier placeholders just getting in where they fit in...

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Just a few days later, the duo was spotted grabbing dinner in London, the occasion marked the duo’s second date in a week.
Just a few days later, the duo was spotted grabbing dinner in London, the occasion marked the duo’s second date in a week.
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Drake Covers A Rihanna Song

Drake and Rihanna have been spotted multiple times on dates recently and it appears they are rekindling something. While on the European leg of his Would You Like A Tour, Drizzy sang a cover to Rihanna’s “Stay” in Brussels, Belgium...

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Ed. Note: This article originally ran in the March 2012 issue of XXL, where XXL collected 100 tracks that directly bit The Notorious B.I.G.'s lyrics on 10th anniversary of his death. We are re-running the story as part of a week of throwback stories to commemorate the 17th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s death Sunday, March 9, 1997. Check out our other stories right here.

As much as hip-hop is marked by constant innovation, it's heavily reliant on borrowing. From samples to styles, the culture is entrenched in reinvention. So, too, are certain rappers’ lyrics, which are regularly regurgitated by other MCs. And no street scribe’s words have been bitten more frequently than The Notorious B.I.G.’s.

B.I.G.-biting doesn’t discriminate. Artists from all walks of life and levels of success have done it: MCs from Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and 50 Cent to Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and Beanie Sigel have mimicked Biggie’s verbal blueprint in their own rhymes.
In honor of the 15 years since The Notorious B.I.G.’s passing, XXL put together a list of the 100 most-bitten Biggie lyrics of all time. Some lines are exact replicas deliberately paying homage, and some are slick tweaks and subtle acknowledgements of a job well done. But one thing they all share is the ability to keep Biggie Smalls’ memory and legacy alive. —ADAM FLEISCHER
Ed. Note: This article originally ran in the March 2012 issue of XXL, where XXL collected 100 tracks that directly bit The Notorious B.I.G.'s lyrics on 10th anniversary of his death. We are re-running the story as part of a week of throwback stories to commemorate the 17th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s death Sunday, March 9, 1997. Check out our other stories right here.

As much as hip-hop is marked by constant innovation, it's heavily reliant on borrowing. From samples to styles, the culture is entrenched in reinvention. So, too, are certain rappers’ lyrics, which are regularly regurgitated by other MCs. And no street scribe’s words have been bitten more frequently than The Notorious B.I.G.’s.

B.I.G.-biting doesn’t discriminate. Artists from all walks of life and levels of success have done it: MCs from Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and 50 Cent to Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa and Beanie Sigel have mimicked Biggie’s verbal blueprint in their own rhymes. In honor of the 15 years since The Notorious B.I.G.’s passing, XXL put together a list of the 100 most-bitten Biggie lyrics of all time. Some lines are exact replicas deliberately paying homage, and some are slick tweaks and subtle acknowledgements of a job well done. But one thing they all share is the ability to keep Biggie Smalls’ memory and legacy alive. —ADAM FLEISCHER
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100 Songs That Bite The Notorious B.I.G.’s Lyrics

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