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Darius Rucker: Mo Money Mo Problems Hootie shoutout explained

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From this week’s nostalgia files: Darius Rucker, a.k.a. the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, told radio host Dan Patrick how he wound up getting named-checked in the Notorious B.I.G. classic “Mo Money Mo Problems.”

As Rucker recalled, he met Notorious B.I.G. at the Grammys. “He’s rolling through and some really hot girl walks by, and one of his boys was like, ‘I’ll pay her.’ Just as a joke, I go. ‘Man, I’m not paying for it,'” Rucker told Patrick. “We laughed and then his next record, he’s got a line on it that says, ‘Stay humble, stay low, blow like Hootie/True pimp n—-s spend no dough on the booty.’ Great line.”

The line in question, however, was not rapped by Biggie Smalls; instead, it comes in the song’s first verse, which is performed by Mase.

Back in 1998, one year after “Mo Money Mo Problems,” Rucker and his bandmates mentioned the shoutout with MTV, and credited Mase while discussing the exploding popularity of hip-hop. “And Mase gave us props,” Rucker said at the time.

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