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Posted by Patrick reports that, in a conversation with Nicki Minaj for Interview Magazine, fashion designer Donatella Versace praised The Notorious B.I.G. personally and discussed his promotion of the Versace brand.

"I think Biggie was amazing," she said. "He came to my shows in Paris many times and we'd see each other often. He always used to talk so nicely about my family. I think he was so smart, so intelligent."

"He had such a mind," she continued. "So, I loved what he was doing and how he was giving people a way to know about Versace - I do think he was giving people a way to know about Versace - I do think a lot of people started to know about Versace because of him."

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In an interview with HeyUGuys, which was published at the end of September, comedian Peter Serafinowicz mentioned that he would like to do a film centered around Brian Butterfield, a character he portrayed on the "The Peter Serafinowicz Show." In the film, Butterfield would be a detective or would host a chat show.

According to the show's Wikipedia page, Butterfield is a "grossly overweight pitchman who appears in various advertisements for shoddy products and services of his own design." This includes a karaoke bar where Butterfield closes every night with a tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. See the hilarious clip below.

During the interview on HeyUGuys, the interviewer referenced this sketch and Serafinowicz said that, if they develop a film where Butterfield is a detective, they would like him to go undercover as an impersonator of The Notorious B.I.G. at some point.

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In promotion of their EmSee 2011 event series, Red Bull sat down with Joell Ortiz, Redman and Schoolly D to ask them about their favorite artists. Ortiz listed Biggie among his. Watch below.

Via Marsha Gosho Oakes.

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BlackBook asked Drake to name his 10 favorite remixes. Among them, The Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance/Stay With Me (Remix)."

"This is what I think about when I think about remixes," he said. "It was just an amazing time for hip-hop. Bad Boy Records was a pioneer in the remix game, and this one was something that I listened to heavily."

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"The Illest," a song by Shady Records collective Slaughterhouse, features a sample of The Notorious B.I.G. for the chorus. It comes from Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard's "Think B.I.G." You can listen at

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Actor Oliver Vaquer has released "Warning of Warcraft," a clip that sees the lyrics of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Warning" being read aloud as the spoken word for a story revolving around characters from the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) "World of Warcraft." Watch below.

Via Stephen Totilo.

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On September 5, iTunes released a celebrity playlist for Tyra Banks. Among the 12 songs is The Notorious B.I.G.'s "One More Chance/Stay With Me (Remix)."

"I know all the lyrics to this song," she says. "It's good for the car or your iPod on the way to the photo shoot. Gets you pumped up and ready to SMIZE for the camera."

Via Ology.

Posted by Patrick
Bad Boy Records has an incredible library of music videos in their history, including some of the more memorable clips of the mid to late 1990s.

But, they have been exceptionally slow in getting these videos online, on YouTube, VEVO or elsewhere, leaving often lower quality clips posted on unofficial channels, or a limited number of clips available on sites like, as the only way for fans to relive those moments. Beyond simply not offering fans a high quality experience, this slowness has also led to lost revenue - money left on the table.

In dealing with the company over the 5 and a half years I've run Bad Boy Blog, I have come to understand the somewhat shortsighted nature of some of the people at the top. For those individuals, it's about the here and now. The current album they are promoting and the artists they want (you) to talk about right now. As a fan, that has given a substantial amount of money to Bad Boy, this is frustrating.

However, it appears that they are finally ready to open up - at least on the music videos - and they are starting with The Notorious B.I.G., launching the NotoriousBIG YouTube channel with most of the rapper's videos (only "Sky's the Limit," "Dead Wrong" and "Notorious B.I.G. (Remix)" and appear to be missing).

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Bad Boy has launched an official Twitter profile for The Notorious B.I.G., located on the service at @NotoriousBIG. You can expect to find quoted lyrics and stories mentioning the late rapper.

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In an interview with BET's Ronke Idowu Reeves, actor Michael Clarke Duncan revealed that he was supposed serve as a bodyguard for The Notorious B.I.G. on the night that the rapper was fatally shot. But, he switched with someone else.

And is it true you were supposed to be the Notorious B.I.G.ís bodyguard the night he was shot and killed?

Yes and I remember it like it was yesterday. A co-worker friend of mine called because he was supposed to guard Babyface that night but he liked being in that [hip hop] limelight and I didnít. He asked to switch so I went to pick up Babyface, he went to pick up Notorious B.I.G. and the rest is history. I woke up the next morning to the news and I called my friend and he said everything happened so quick and so fast. So every year when that day [the anniversary of Biggieís death] comes around I think about two things, a young brother lost his life for nothingó it was senseless and stupid and that was the last day I worked security. I quit that day turned in my stuff and said Iím not willing to put my life on the line for somebody, because as a security guard or bodyguard thatís what youíre supposed to do.

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