Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), popularly known by Biggie Smalls/Notorious B.I.G.
Twelve years have passed since arguably the greatest MC ever was gunned down. Brooklyn’s Finest, Christopher Wallace, was murdered in cold blood on March 9, 1997. It was one of those moments that cats like me will never forget… Biggie was part of your life during the mid-90’s.
In ’94, he released his classic record Ready to Die and immediately became part of the mainstream consciousness. He is credited with bringing the Hip Hop focus back to where it all started… NYC. The West Coast had taken control of Hip Hop with the gangsta flava but Biggie grabbed Hip Hop by the throat like he choke his mic… the East Coast was back and that was a major accomplishment in the industry. Some have even connected this East Coast vs. West Coast rivarly to Biggie’s death by an unknown gunman in Los Angeles.
Biggie’s double cd Life After Death was released fifteen days later after his death. The cd hit #1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000.
Respect to Big Poppa!
“Live from Bedford Stuyvesant, the livest one, representin BK to the fullest…”
This was the essence of what the Notorious B.I.G. stood for. He put on for his city way before Young Jeezy and Yeezy made it cool to do so.
While the countdown to the historic hip-hop biopic Notorious continues, I have been getting amped up by playing Biggie’s first album Ready To Die. Biggie came so hard on this album, especially with songs like “Gimme the Loot,” “Ready to Die,” Me & My B****.”
Listening to Biggie’s first album, you can’t help but to be inspired.
His lyrics were motivational.
“It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up magazine…”
“So we can steam on the way to the telly go fill my belly, A t-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape…”
“f*** the world, f*** my moms, and my girl. My life is played out like a jheri curl, I’m ready to die!”
There was so much passion in this album that it’s almost impossible to listen and not feel his everyday struggle. He had a song for however you are feeling at the time.
Are you a little down? Skip to “Everyday Struggle.”
Are you feeling yourself? Jump to “Big Poppa.”
Were you dogged out by a woman? Listen to “Friend of Mine.”
Big incorporated it all into his work. Which leads me to believe that no matter how “great” his new movie may be, it can never fully capture the full character of Christopher Wallace.
As I continue to anticipate the release of the movie, I will continue to be inspired by the work he did on his debut album.
Just remember that…
“Biggie Smalls is the illest, your style is played out like Arnold wondered, ‘What you talkin bout Willis?'”
I don’t know about you… for me, Big Poppa aka Notorius B.I.G. bka Biggie Smalls will always be my man. See, I was a single cat doing my thing during the golden era of Hip Hop (circa ’85 – ’95). Biggie was the Heavyweight Champ during the close of that era and we all know he was taken from us to soon.
Every now and again I have the craziest Biggie Jones… and I know I ain’t the only cat out there. So let’s handle this together and enjoy Our Man!!! Check out this joint when he was 17… I never saw this before today.