Notable Tracks: The Notorious B.I.G., Society of Soul, & Splash Brothers

This edition of Notable Tracks carries a somber tone. I’ve selected two songs this week as a tribute to recently departed artists, as well as one song that reflects on Hip-Hop’s current landscape of beefs (which, I’m sure you’ll be able to distinguish). Let’s dive in.

The Notorious B.I.G. – “Real Niggaz”

R.I.P. Mister Cee. As the DJ who basically helped discover The Notorious B.I.G. (and executive produced his first album, Ready To Die), I felt it was only right to feature a track that I first heard on Mister Cee’s The Best Of Notorious B.I.G. mixtape, “Real Niggaz”.

I’ve been listening to “Real Niggaz” a lot for the past few days, and it may now be in my top 5 Biggie songs (Biggie over west coast classics still holds up today). Long live Biggie and Mister Cee.

Society Of Soul – “E.M.B.R.A.C.E.”

R.I.P. Rico Wade. As a member of Organized Noize and an architect of Atlanta Hip-Hop, there were many songs I could have picked that the legendary producer had his hand in. I’ll go with a random pick: a song from a little-known group that Rico Wade was part of, “E.M.B.R.A.C.E.” by Society of Soul. Smooth R&B from 1995. Salute to Rico Wade.

French Montana feat. Drake, Rick Ross, & Lil Wayne – “Splash Brothers”

This version of “Splash Brothers” is the song Rick Ross was talking about on “Champagne Moments” when he dissed Drake. Drizzy supposedly sent a cease and desist to French Montana to block his verse. A version of this song still appears on Mac & Cheese 5, just with Drake and a different verse from Rick Ross.