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