During an appearance on the Bossip Presents: Don’t Be Scared podcast, Jacob York spoke in-depth about his friendship with the late Notorious B.I.G.
Among the topics discussed during York’s appearance on the podcast was Biggie’s lack of post-mortem records. According to York, unlike artists today, the Brooklyn lyricist didn’t have to record five songs just to create one track.
He then went on to explain that any Biggie record released after his death was likely first featured on a mixtape or was a feature on someone else’s song.
“The reason why he’s never had any post-mortem stuff is everything he rapped, people kept,” Jacob York said. “He didn’t rap five songs to make one. When he rapped it, they kept it. So, a lot of the post-mortem stuff was mixtape stuff or it would be on somebody else’s record that they took off and put on a Biggie’s Greatest Hits or something…He just came off the top of his head. I don’t know how he did it. He’d be in the studio—like we’ll get to the studio at nine, ten o’clock. Four o’clock in the morning, he’ll rap for 45 minutes and that’d be ‘Hypnotize’ done. And then walk out the studio.”
York also shared the details of a diss record Biggie allegedly wrote, which took aim at fellow rapper, Raekwon. He revealed that Biggie ultimately told him to erase the record before it was ever released.
“Method Man was on [Biggie’s] album [Ready To Die] so we were all sitting there like, ‘Huh,’” York said, according to AllHipHop.com. “When [Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…] album dropped and we heard the [‘Shark Niggas (Biters)’] interlude… We heard that and we were like, ‘What the hell was that about?’ No one saw it coming. It came out of left field. It got squashed that fast…You ever notice that [Biggie] never put out a diss record against him? He rapped it. He got it off his chest. He just told me to erase it.”
Southern rap duo OutKast were also a topic of conversation during York’s interview. According to the friend of Big, the rapper listened to Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik while he was recording Ready To Die.
“Big listened to OutKast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik while he was making Ready To Die,” he said. “And a lot of people felt like he got that Southern twang on the Pac side, but he didn’t. He got it from listening to OutKast. A lot of people don’t know Diddy directed OutKast’s ‘Player’s Ball’ video. And so Big knew a lot about that. And he listened to ‘Git Up, Git Out.’ He was a lover of Hip Hop everywhere.”
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