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List of the Day
Monday marked the 12th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.'s death, which prompted Vibe to come up with two lists: The top 12 posthumous Biggie songs and 12 reasons why the magazine "will always love Big Poppa." The latter isn't really a list, though; just a dozen YouTube links to Biggie videos, from freestyles and interviews to the "Juicy" video and the rapper's St. Ides commercial. Writes Chris Yuscavage: "If you're too young to (legally) sip champagne when you're thirsty, there's a good chance that saying you love Biggie is a little like Michael Jordan fans saying they love Bill Russell. You've heard about how great he was--but do you really understand?" (Here, by the way, is Biggie's last-ever freestyle, which noted hip-hop multi-tasker Ahmir Thompson Twittered yesterday. Because the Roots drummer just isn't busy enough serving as musical director for "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and orchestrating Thursday-night jam sessions at New York's Highline Ballroom.)
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"The movie's kind of living on, but now it's live. And I think that's a rather unusual situation, which hasn't happened before, where someone from a movie walks out from the movie and continues that thing. You don't have the people in 'The Perfect Storm' going to the theater and standing on a boat. But in music, it can happen and has in the last 25 years. We've toured all over the world. And in this case, now, it's us playing these songs."
-- Christopher Guest (aka Nigel Tufnel), who is getting back together with Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins) and Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls) for an acoustic sorta-Spinal Tap tour this spring. Guest, McKean and Shearer will also perform material from a second fake group of theirs, the Folksmen, as well as some other songs they've written together sans made-up identities -- all of which they're leaving at home for the upcoming Unwigged and Unplugged tour. Says Guest: "We've worked in many incarnations together, and it felt comfortable now to do this without wigs on. No strange clothing." The trio will perform at the Warner Theatre on May 13.
Video of the Day
The No. 1 single 20 years ago today...
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