As Canibus reminds us on “2nd Round KO“, March 9th 1997 marks the untimely passing of Hip Hop Legend Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka the one and only Notorious BIG. Biggie Smalls, despite his career being short (to date his murder remains unsolved, a tragedy unto itself), is on a short list of Rappers widely considered to be the Greatest of All Time. Biggie’s mass appeal cannot be overstated. Fueled by hits such as “Juicy” and “One More Chance”, he stormed onto the scene in 1994 with his debut album Ready To Die (5x platinum to date) and never looked back. His 1997 sophomore release, Life After Death is certified Diamond (selling over 10.7 million records), and featured back to back chart toppers “Hypnotize” and “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems”, making Biggie the first rapper to have consecutive number 1 singles.
His rhyme patterns and delivery were untouchable and his deep raspy voice was made for Rap, working equally well on dark songs like “Long Kiss Goodnight” as on Pop friendly songs like “Big Poppa”. Simply put, Biggie’s music made us feel good and taught us all about swagger before Hip Hop was obsessed with it. JP Lime salutes the one and only Notorious BIG. You are sorely missed.
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“Damn right I like the life I live, cause I went from negative to positive…“