Hip Hop Facts #234

Maile Carballo / KUTX

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.

Check out the full episode and the podcast.

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

#1 – Originally, Prince did not want to clear the sample on Kanye West’s “Big Brother.”

  • After Prince turned him down, DJ Toomp reproduced the sample from scratch to avoid copyright.
  • Prince told Toomp that he still owned the composition, but he was so impressed by the reproduction that he allowed the sample.

# 2 Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” was originally a Jeezy song.

  • Kanye liked the track so much that he asked Jeezy to connect him with the producer, DJ Toomp.
  • Jeezy gave Kanye permission to use the song but second-guessed his decision after witnessing a crowd lose their minds to his beat at a Kanye West show.
  • “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” is a certified triple platinum single today.

# 3 Joe Budden took an unconventional to route to get Jay-Z on the “Pump It Up” remix.

  • Jay-Z refused Budden’s request, but Jay nonetheless took the “Pump It Up” beat and dissed Budden on it.
  • Budden took Jay-Z’s verse and added it to his original, thus was born “Pump It Up (Remix).”

# 4 – 50 Cent was on tour supporting Master P when Get Rich or Die Tryin’ released.

  • Get Rich or Die Tryin’ sold nearly a million copies in the first week.
  • One of the shows with Master P was here in Austin at the Delco center!

# 5 – The first person to bring 50 Cent on a national tour was Nas.

  • This fact was revealed after 50 Cent dissed Nas on “Piggy Bank” many years later.

# 6 – DJ Jazzy Jeff produced The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme.

  • DJ Jazzy Jeff leveraged the royalties to begin A Touch of Jazz production company in his native Philadelphia. Among the artists Jazzy Jeff would help develop: Jill Scott, the Roots, Talib Kweli, Darius Rucker, and many more.

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