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Did you know that Nas inspired 2Pac’s “Me and My Girlfriend”, or that Eazy-E got paid every time The Chronic sold, or that DJ Quik was a suspect in Biggie’s murder?

Did you know that Q-Tip played a huge role in shaping the sound of Mobb Deep’s classic ’95 album, The Infamous, or that Jay-Z’s debut record appearance was back in ’86, or that “Protect Ya Neck” only cost the Wu-Tang Clan $300 to record?

Here on Beats, Rhymes & Lists, our goal is focused on documenting and celebrating hip hop history. Below is a (growing) list of little known and interesting facts that any hip hop head would love to check out.

We’re going to continue adding to this list so make sure you keep checking back on this page for the latest updates.

  1. Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘n’ Nite” was Inspired by Geto Boys’ “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”
  2. The Beastie Boys’ ‘Licensed to Ill’ was the First Rap Album to Top the Billboard Chart
  3. ‘Midnight Marauders’ and ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ were Released on the Same Day
  4. Jay-Z Inspired The Notorious B.I.G. to Stop Writing Down his Rhymes
  5. “Duel of the Iron Mic” is GZA’s Favourite Song off Liquid Swords
  6. Nas Brought 50 Cent with Him During the Nastradamus Promo Tour
  7. Tupac Made his Debut On Digital Underground’s “Same Song” in 1991
  8. “93 ’til Infinity” was Originally Titled “91 ’til Infinity”
  9. DJ Hollywood Was the First MC to Rap Over Breakbeats
  10. “Flava in Ya Ear” was the First Bad Boy Records Release
  11. ‘Lyte as a Rock’ is the First Hip Hop Album by a Female Solo Rapper
  12. Q-Tip Wrote Part of Busta Rhymes’ Verse on “Scenario”
  13. 50 Cent’s Debut Record Appearance Was on Onyx’s 1998 Single “React”
  14. Mobb Deep Pulled “Drop a Gem on ‘Em” Off the Radio After Tupac Passed Away
  15. Jay-Z has the Most Grammy Nominations of Any Artist in History
  16. Future is the First Artist to Have Two Albums Top the Charts in Successive Weeks
  17. 4:44 is Jay-Z’s First Album with Only One Producer
  18. Tupac’s Debut and his First Posthumous Album are Only Five Years Apart
  19. LMFAO’s Redfoo Has a Songwriting Credit on Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta”
  20. ‘He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper’ is the First Double Album in Hip Hop History
  21. Ice Cube’s ‘Kill At Will’ is the First Hip Hop EP to Reach Platinum Status
  22. Kendrick Lamar’s Real Parents Feature on ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’
  23. Danny Brown Nearly Signed with G-Unit Records in 2010
  24. Nas and AZ Were Supposed to Be On ‘Reasonable Doubt’
  25. Cypress Hill and Ice Cube Passed on “Jump Around”
  26. Mike Dean Met Kanye While Working on Scarface’s ‘The Fix’
  27. Ice Cube Wanted Dr. Dre to Produce ‘AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted’
  28. Kanye West’s First Major Label Production Placement was on Jermaine Dupri’s ‘Life In 1472’
  29. Biggie Rapped Over Tha Dogg Pound’s “New York, New York” Beat First
  30. Nas and Biggie Were Meant to Record a Remix for “Gimme the Loot”
  31. Mathematics Designed the Wu-Tang Clan Logo for $400
  32. 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx is the Birthplace of Hip Hop
  33. “King Tim III (Personality Jock)” is the First Commercially Released Hip Hop Song
  34. Kanye’s Beat CD Inspired Jay-Z to Start Working on ‘The Blueprint’
  35. DJ Premier Charged Jay-Z $4,000 Per Beat on ‘Reasonable Doubt’
  36. DMX Had his Jaw Wired Shut When He Auditioned for Def Jam
  37. The Black Eyed Peas were Signed to Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records
  38. Biggie Recorded a 2Pac Diss On a Busta Rhymes Song Called “The Ugliest”
  39. Nas is the Oldest Winner for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, at 47 Years Old
  40. Easy Mo Bee is the Only Producer to Work with Tupac and Biggie
  41. Tupac Set Up Euphanasia to Leave Death Row Records
  42. Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” Was Inspired by Ice-T 1993 song “99 Problems”
  43. Da Brat Was the First Female Solo Rapper to Go Platinum
  44. Nas’ Father, Olu Dara, Plays the Cornet on “Life’s a Bitch”
  45. Kendrick Lamar’s Parents are Originally from Chicago
  46. Pimp C’s Verse on “Big Pimpin’” is Only 8 Bars Because He Hated the Song
  47. Eminem Nearly Signed to Duck Down Music Before Aftermath Entertainment
  48. Big Pun Kidnapped DJ Whoo Kid the Same Day He Shot the “Banned from T.V.” Video
  49. Jay-Z Lied to the ‘Annie’ Composer To Clear the Sample
  50. Tupac Was the First Rapper to Have 2 Albums Top the Billboard Charts in One Year
  51. It Was Young Guru’s Idea to Make The Blueprint 2 a Double Album
  52. Biggie Wanted “Machine Gun Funk” to Be Ready to Die’s Lead Single, Not “Juicy”
  53. Puffy Didn’t Like the DJ Premier-Produced “Kick In The Door”
  54. Eazy-E Made Money Off Dr. Dre’s The Chronic
  55. Straight Outta Compton Inspired The Low End Theory, Which Inspired The Chronic
  56. DJ 50 Grand Produced Biggie’s First Demo Tape
  57. Dr. Dre Was Going to Produce All of Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come
  58. Wu-Tang Clan’s First Record Deal with Loud was for $60,000
  59. Tupac Finished The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory in Seven Days
  60. Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt Was Released Independently
  61. Jay Electronica and Just Blaze Made “Exhibit C” in 15 Minutes
  62. Westside Gunn and Conway Were the First Buffalo Rappers to Sign with a Major Record Label
  63. Nas Was With Stretch the Night He Got Killed
  64. Outkast’s Aquemini Was the First Southern Album to Receive Five-Mics from The Source
  65. Scarface Made Nas Re-Write his “In Between Us” Verse
  66. Tupac Recorded “Ambitionz Az a Ridah” and “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” On the Same Night
  67. Q-Tip Introduced J Dilla to The Pharcyde
  68. Nas’ “One Love” Was Originally Titled “My Summer Vacation”
  69. Pete Rock Sings the Hook on “The World Is Yours”
  70. Royce da 5’9″ Was Originally on Jay-Z’s “Renegade”
  71. Jay-Z Helped The Roots Clear a Radiohead Sample for Game Theory
  72. 50 Cent Was Initially a Member of The Firm
  73. Eminem Recorded All the “Lose Yourself” Verses in One Take
  74. Master P Tried Signing 2Pac to No Limit Records
  75. Talib Kweli Used to Take Kanye West on Tours
  76. Pete Rock Inspired Phonte to Quit His Job and Pursue Music Full Time
  77. Prince Was Meant to Feature on To Pimp a Butterfly
  78. Kendrick Lamar was Signed to Def Jam Before Top Dawg Entertainment
  79. Nas Originally Wanted Marley Marl to Produce It Was Written
  80. Jay-Z Recorded an Unreleased Diss Record for 2Pac
  81. Ghostface Killah Influenced MF Doom’s Rapping Style
  82. “Ain’t No Nigga” Helped Jay-Z Get a Partnership Deal With Def Jam
  83. Chuck D Gave Busta Rhymes his Rap Name
  84. Sauce Money Wrote Puff Daddy’s “I’ll Be Missing You”
  85. Q-Tip & J Dilla Planned to Work On a Joint Album Called Buddy Lee
  86. Nas Was the First Non-Wu Tang Member to Feature on an Album
  87. DJ Quik Was a Suspect in The Notorious B.I.G.’s Murder Case
  88. Paul C Taught Rakim How to Produce On the SP-1200
  89. Mobb Deep’s Beef with Jay-Z Started from “Money, Cash, Hoes”
  90. RZA Thinks Ghostface Killah’s Verse on “Impossible” is the Greatest Wu Verse
  91. Nas Was the First New York Rapper to Collaborate With Dr. Dre
  92. Big Daddy Kane Tried to Battle Kool Moe Dee When He Was 14
  93. “This Can’t Be Life” Was the First Beat Kanye West Produced for Jay-Z
  94. Jay-Z Debut Record Appearance Was on High Potent’s “H.P. Gets Busy”
  95. The LOX Debuted on Main Source’s “Set It Off” in 1994
  96. DMX Was the First Artist to Have his First Five Albums Debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200
  97. Jay-Z Battled DMX in The Bronx During the Early ’90s
  98. Wu Affiliate I-Cham Broke Mase’s Jaw, Not Ghostface Killah
  99. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” was Originally a Young Jeezy Song
  100. Jam Master Jay Taught 50 Cent How to Write Songs
  101. Redman Met EPMD While DJing for Lords Of The Underground
  102. 50 Cent Was the First New York Rapper to Collaborate With UGK
  103. Jay-Z Chose the Scratches On “D’Evils” For DJ Premier
  104. Eminem’s First Hip Hop Song was Ice-T’s “Reckless”
  105. Nas’ “I Gave You Power” Inspired 2Pac’s “Me and My Girlfriend”
  106. The Notorious B.I.G. Jay-Z & Busta Rhymes Attended the Same High School
  107. MC Hammer was the First Rapper to Have a Diamond Album
  108. Kendrick Lamar Wanted Nas On “Sing About Me”
  109. Ice Cube Wrote “Boyz-n-the-Hood” for H.B.O. (Home Boys Only)
  110. Royce da 5’9” Wrote “The Message” for Dr. Dre
  111. Mobb Deep’s “Temperature Rising” is Based On a True Story
  112. Boogie Down Productions Used Marley Marl’s Drums for “The Bridge Is Over”
  113. Kurtis Blow Was the First Rapper to Sign With a Major Record Label
  114. DJ Quik Produced the Drums on 50 Cent’s “In da Club”
  115. Nas Picked the Sample for “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park)”
  116. Jay-Z and Big L Battled Each Other in Harlem
  117. Run–D.M.C. Signed Hip Hop’s First Endorsement Deal With Adidas
  118. Ice-T’s “6 in the Mornin’” was Inspired by Schoolly D’s “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?”
  119. 50 Cent’s “Heat” Beat Was Originally for Rakim
  120. Kanye Cut Pusha T’s “I Don’t Like” Verse From 16 Bars to 8 Bars
  121. Dr. Dre Doesn’t Have a Number One Album or Single
  122. Kanye Made “Gorgeous” in Response to Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit C”
  123. Nas Fired Shots at Biggie and Jay Z on “The Message”
  124. DJ Clark Kent Connected Jay-Z and Biggie for “Brooklyn’s Finest”
  125. The Neptunes Originally Produced Hell Hath No Fury Beats for Jay-Z
  126. Just Blaze Originally Made “Girls, Girls, Girls” for Ghostface Killah
  127. Jay-Z’s The Black Album Was Supposed to Have 12 Different Producers
  128. “Protect Ya Neck” Cost Wu-Tang Clan $300 to Record
  129. RZA Originally Made “Incarcerated Scarfaces” for GZA
  130. Nas Wanted to Sample Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit” for “Life’s A Bitch”
  131. Killah Priest Missed Out on Featuring on “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’”
  132. Nas Rapped the First Verse of “N.Y. State Of Mind” in One Take
  133. Rick Rubin Almost Signed N.W.A To Def Jam
  134. Pete Rock Originally Produced A Tribe Called Quest’s “Jazz (We Got)”
  135. The Notorious B.I.G.’s Last Ever Recorded Verse was For “Victory”
  136. Jay-Z Wrote “Still D.R.E.” for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
  137. Ice Cube Squashed his Beef with Eazy-E at The Tunnel
  138. Q-Tip Helped Havoc Land Production on Kanye’s The Life of Pablo
  139. Large Professor Originally Created “Halftime” For Busta Rhymes
  140. Russell Simmons Passed on Signing Nas to Def Jam
  141. Eric B. & Rakim Could Have Been Eric B. & Freddie Foxxx
  142. Jay-Z Showed Nas a TEC While on Tour with Large Professor
  143. OutKast Got their Record Deal Rapping over Tribe’s “Scenario”
  144. Q-Tip Helped Shape the Production on Mobb Deep’s The Infamous
  145. DJ Premier Originally Created “Ten Crack Commandments” for Jeru the Damaja