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On the 18th anniversary of Biggie’s death, Kendrick Lamar spits a freestyle over the late rapper’s “The What” beat. Also, T.I. added 16 bars to Letoya Luckett’s “Don’t Make Me Wait”, while John Legend and Sam Smith teamed up on a track for charity. Listen to it all inside…

Today marks 18 years since Hip Hop legend Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in L.A. And in honor of his legacy, Kendrick Lamar saluted the NYC rapper with a freestyle over the late rapper’s classic hit “The What,” which originally featured Method Man.

This morning, radio host Big Boy made his debut on Real 92.3 (based in L.A.) after transitioning from Power 106. And Kendrick was tapped as his first guest for his new morning show “The Neighborhood.”

After chopping it up about his upcoming untitled album (expected to drop March 23rd) and his two Grammy wins, K. Dot flexed his freestyle skills over Biggie’s beat.

Check it below:

Also saluting Biggie today:

Today is March 9, 2015. 18 years ago today we lost one of my best friends in the greatest rapper of all time the notorious B I G #RIPBIG post your favorite BIG picture. And how you feel about him.

A photo posted by Sean Diddy Combs (@iamdiddy) on Mar 9, 2015 at 11:28am PDT

Diddy honored his best friend with an Instagram post, asking his fans to post their favorite pics and what they loved most about the iconic rapper. R.I.P. Biggie!

On a new track….

Following the release of her single “I’m Ready,” Letoya Luckett ushers in lyrics from T.I. on her next track “Don’t Make Me Wait.”

The “Single Ladies” actress has been in the studio working on her forthcoming disc Until Then and it’s rumored to drop this spring. In the meantime, take a listen to Tip’s new bars above.

And on a remake….

Oscar winner John Legend teamed up with British singer Sam Smith to recreate Sam’s ballad “Lay Me Down” for charity.

The two R&B singers joined forces to support the charity Comic Relief with a new duet. According to the press release, John and Sam will perform the track for the first and only time together on Friday, March 13th during a live broadcast from the Palladium in London on BBC One for Comic Relief’s “Red Nose Day” telethon.

“Lay Me Down” has been dubbed the official “Red Nose Day” single and Universal will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of the single to Comic Relief. Nice!

John Legend seems excited about the collaboration saying (via press release):

“Sam is such a talented artist. We’ve been looking forward to working together for a while now. I’m so glad we could collaborate on such a great song and for such a great cause.”

Sam Smith also said a few words on the significance of the track saying:

“‘Lay Me Down’ holds a very special place in my heart. Not only did I perform it at the Brits, I’m now going to perform it live on the Red Nose Day show with the extremely talented John Legend, which is so exciting,” said Sam Smith. “I recently visited a Comic Relief funded project in my home town, which supports the young LGBT community in London. I’m extremely proud that my single will help raise money for projects like this and many others in the U.K. and across Africa.”

Peep the behind-the-scenes look at John and Sam recreating the single at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles above.

Photos: Getty/Big Boy’s IG

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