15 Years After BIG’s Death
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the passing one of the greatest MC’s to ever bless the mic. Mr. Christopher “The Notorious BIG” Wallace. Seems to me that the younger generation associate the late MC with the whole west coast vs east coast drama era which is not fair and if you associate your self with the HIP HOP Culture you should look into the mans unfortunately short but GREAT! body of work.
The Notorious BIG debut album “Ready To Die” released September 13, 1994 is a partly autobiographical album telling the story of The Notorious B.I.G.’s experiences as a young criminal, referring to himself as “The Black Frank White”. Ready to Die gained strong reviews on release and became a commercial success, reaching quadruple platinum sales and the album is highly thought by music cridicts everywhere to be one the greatest Hip Hop Albums ever. Sadly Ready To Die was the only release BIG would get to see in his lifetime; BIG was murdered March 9th days before his sophomore album “Life After Death” was released in 1997.
So unlike BIG’s one time friend Tupac Shakur, BIG did not pre-record a immense amount of material to be released after his death mostly due to the fact that BIG was known to live in the moment and enjoyed his success by going on tour, appearing on and winning at numerous award shows and of course spending time with his son CJ Wallace and daughter Tyanna Wallace.
Most people who are familiar with Biggie know he was gunned down in California of all places and just like PAC’s killers no one has ever come forth or been charged with the murders of 2 of the most influential superstars of Hip Hop music. Makes you think if there’s a undertone to all this almost conspiracy like killings. Cause I for one believe if PAC and BIG where alive today Hip Hop its self would be very different from what it is now hell america its self! might be different than what it is now but that’s always up for debate.
So today Friday March 9th, 2012 take a minute and jam a Biggie cut of your liking and do like yo boy and light one up for arguably the greatest MC we have ever seen, the late NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Rest In Peace Big Poppa.