This Spring, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.‘s untimely death in a 1997 drive-by shooting, Biggie’s widow, singer Faith Evans, will release an album of duet tracks with her late husband, dubbed The King & I. The album features Evans singing paired with unreleased B.I.G. verses, as well as some of his most memorable rhymes.Life After Death: Remembering The Notorious B.I.G. With Three Classic FreestylesLast month, Rhino Records released a pair of songs from the upcoming album (due out May 19th). Today, they shared a brand new single from the album: “10 Wife Commandments,” a play on Biggie’s iconic track “10 Crack Commandments.” The re-worked tune takes a chopped-and-screwed approach to the classic tune, flipping the drug dealing rule book into a “step-by-step booklet” on how to maintain a relationship with your significant other by cleverly repurposing Big’s bars. Check it out below:Says Evans of the reimagined take on the classic Biggie track: “‘Ten Wife Commandments’ was the first song I started recording for The King & I. Excited and optimistic about the new deal & the opportunity to bring my idea to life, I started looking for Big’s acapellas on YouTube while in Detroit rehearsing with my band. With “Ten Crack Commandments” being one of the songs I had always wanted to redo, I found it and got to work! It took a few different sessions to get the commandments to be meaningful and clever, but I do feel these are points that both men and women can appreciate.”In addition to Evans, The King & I features guest spots from a who’s-who of talented MCs including Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Kim, Sheek Louch, and Styles P. Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, also makes a significant appearance, narrating skits and interludes throughout the LP along with Evans and Biggie.[h/t – Pitchfork]
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of spending time with many of our partners to provide them with a preview of the announcements that VCE is making today at our launch event in San Jose.These announcements represent a new wave of innovation from VCE, but for our channel partners it’s a wave of opportunity. VCE was the first company to bring the benefits of converged infrastructure to the market. Converged infrastructure is one of the fastest growing segments of the IT market, and in partnership with you, we’ve become the leader.But one of the most consistent messages we hear from partners is this: more. You’ve wanted to bring Vblock Systems into more customer opportunities. You’ve wanted to extend VblockTM Systems into more use cases. And our joint customers have asked us to bring the benefits of converged infrastructure to operations and applications.Today, with the biggest launch of hardware and software in company history, VCE is ready to work with the channel to deliver on these new opportunities. Vblock System 200 brings the power of converged infrastructure to the mid-market, opening entirely new doors for our partners. Vblock System 100 allows partners to bring the power of converged infrastructure into remote/branch office use cases. VCE VisionTM Intelligent Operations will help our partners to simplify operations for customers. And our new Vblock Specialized Systems – starting with a system with pre-installed SAP HANA – creates the opportunity for partners to bring applications on converged infrastructure to their customers faster than ever.As a result, channel partners can go deeper into their current customer accounts, and open doors into new accounts:Sell a more complete portfolio offering to customers, increasing wallet share;Provide advisory and consulting services, increasing strategic relevance to the customer;Drive more business opportunities, predictability and customer satisfaction due to the repeatability of the VCE experience.We’ve had a good discussion leading up to today’s announcement. But we want to hear more. How can we help you bring the benefits of converged infrastructure to your customers? How can we better serve your needs? What’s the next opportunity we can create together?The market opportunity is massive – as much as $402 billion by the estimates of some analysts. And the customer value proposition is clear. Converged infrastructure is a transformational force in IT. We look forward to working with our partners to bring it to its full potential.