Hip Hop Facts: #231

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Every week as part of our Saturday night hip hop show The Breaks, hosts Confucius and Fresh present facts about the culture of hip hop and R&B that you might not have known.

Disclaimer: None of these facts have been fact-checked so might in fact be false. Read at your own risk.

#1 – Cam’ron says Gerald Levert of the O’Jays is the person who convinced him to leave the streets.

  • When Gerald Levert asks you to board the Love Train, you board the Love Train.

# 2 – DJ Quik is responsible for the drums and claps in 50 Cent’s breakout hit “In da Club.”

  • “In Da Club” just turned 20. Unfortunately still one year away from a legal sip of Bacardi.

# 3 – Aaliyah sung backup vocals on Kriss Kross’ “Live and Die for Hip Hop.”

  • Germaine Dupree says Aaliyah happened to be at his house while he was working on the song.

# 4 – Master P. is on a version of LL Cool J’s “4 3 2 1”

  • Master P thought it would get his music some spins in the South.
  • Did it?

# 5 – The first Swizz Beatz production credit was on the Lox’s “All for the Love.”

  • This fact has been verified. Money, Power & Respect released in January 1998. It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot released in May.

# 6 – The beat that became the blueprint for Chicago’s Drill music scene was found after Chief Keef searched “finally rich tight beat” on youtube.

  • The beats were bountiful in YouTube’s early days.
  • Unfortunately, now you must subscribe to YouTube+ to access the Polish beat library.

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