If you ask most hip-hop fans or even artists who they think is the greatest of all time, the answer you usually get is Pac, Big, Jay or Nas, which is fair enough. They all may have unequivocally changed hip-hop forever, and put the groundwork in for what we have today, but one of these artists always stands out for me, head and shoulders; his name, was The Notorious B.I.G. It’s such a shame that his rivalry with Pac ended up with both being slain. Even if Pac is the most overrated of all time (just saying), he had something special, and so did Christopher Wallace.
Biggie died on March the 9th 1997, 15 years ago; it’s crazy to think that I was only 7 at the time, but when his biopic came out in 2009 I was there at one of the first showings. That’s testament to the legacy of Big Poppa; his life, his music and his personality; B.I.G had everything in abundance, and had a huge effect on me growing up, beyond the grave.
It still gets me every time that he named his debut album, ‘Ready To Die,’ the man was a hustler through and through. That album is also his best piece of work in my honest opinion, even though ‘Life after Death’ and ‘Born Again’ are also dope.
Everyone’s iTunes should have AT LEAST one Biggie record in their library, even if ‘Things Done Changed’ in music in recent years; Big has influenced practically everybody (esp. Jay-Z) and today of all days we should be celebrating his life.
R.I.P Christopher Wallace AKA The Notorious B.I.G, Biggie, The Black Frank White, Big Poppa.
P.S. I’m sure he’s kicking it with Pac at the Thugz Mansion.