R.I.P Biggie- who died March 9. 1997. He was an amazing rapper and there will never be another Biggie, he was able to rap for white Top 40 audiences and still get down on the block in a freestyle battle. It is rare that a rapper can do both. With the help of hype man turned mega millionaire producer, Puffy, B.I.G was able to reach the masses with his skilled rhymes. He could spit rhymes at the drop of a dime, anywhere, anytime (wiki wiki whack lol).
He had the skill to bring you into his world, even when it was really ugly and hard, and bop your head along to it. He helped to fuel the East Coast/West Coast rivalry that ruled 90s hip-hop, taking the crown as the East Coast King to Pac's West Coast King. After a misunderstanding over a shooting at Biggie's studio, the two friends split and started the worst beef in hip-hop history which would end in the deaths of both stars. There are a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding both deaths, including one that both Suge Knight and Puffy had parts in planning the respective deaths of Biggie and Pac. Whatever was the cause, hip-hop lost two of its brightest stars when those two were murdered.
Check out this rare video of him at 17, in a freestyle battle in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, New York and see for yourself:
RIP. Should be considered one of the all-time great rappers, and I would have rated him higher if his life wasn't cut short. He would have gone on to a stellar career. He wrote very gritty raps, so much so that it's painfully easy to envision yourself in his situation, doing whatever you can, and experiencing all of the pain and anger he expressed.
In just a few short years, the Notorious B.I.G. went from a Brooklyn street hustler to the savior of East Coast hip-hop to a tragic victim of the culture of violence he depicted so realistically on his records. His all-too-brief odyssey almost immediately took on mythic proportions, especially since his murder followed the shooting of rival Tupac Shakur by only six months. In death, the man also known as Biggie Smalls became a symbol of the senseless violence that plagued inner-city America in the waning years of the 20th century. Whether or not his death was really the result of a much-publicized feud between the East and West Coast hip-hop scenes, it did mark the point where both sides stepped back from a rivalry that had gone too far. Hip-hop's self-image would never be quite the same, and neither would public perception. The aura of martyrdom that surrounds the Notorious B.I.G. sometimes threatens to overshadow his musical legacy, which was actually quite significant. Helped by Sean "Puffy" Combs' radio-friendly sensibility, Biggie re-established East Coast rap's viability by leading it into the post-Dr. Dre gangsta age. Where fellow East Coasters the Wu-Tang Clan slowly built an underground following, Biggie crashed onto the charts and became a star right out of the box. In the process, he helped Combs' Bad Boy label supplant Death Row as the biggest hip-hop imprint in America, and also paved the way to popular success for other East Coast ...