9 years after Biggie

Posted: March 9, 2006 in Music

I just realized that today is March 9th. In hip hop, today is the 9th anniversary of the death of the Notorious B.I.G. If you recall, he was slain in Los Angeles after attending a car show, with Diddy and the rest of the Bad Boy Family. All of these events was occuring before the release of his second joint, "Life After Death", which sold approximately 10 Million Copies. I can remember when Hypnotize came out, the radio stations could not get enough of it. It became the hottest joint in 1997. After Biggie’s funeral, his hit single was heard, and the reaction was a resurecction of Biggie himself. I wasn’t there, but after watching a MTV Special, I was like, dang, Biggie is really much alive than dead. On March 9th, 1997, I was leaving for church when I heard the news that Biggie was killed.
I don’t know how would Biggie would react to today’s hip hop scene. How would Biggie react to Ludacris, or 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Three-6-Mafia, or Eve? How would Biggie connect with Diddy or Lil Kim? Plus, what would be the reaction between himself and his family?
Even though his life was ended at age 24, his music is still a staple in the rap game. I don’t think no one right now could even come close to Biggie, as terms of mic skills. You have Bone Crusher, David Banner, Fat Man Scoop and other big rap stars, but as far as closeness to Biggie, no equation. Don’t get me wrong, Biggie’s spirit is still maintaining progress for one reason, the fans.
According to ThugLifeArmy.com, here are some "Biggie" facts to think and learn from:



  • Biggie had the ability to write songs in his head and then freestyle them to make tracks right on the spot. Biggie used this ability especially on his debut album "Ready To Die" and was later emulated by successful hip-hop and rap artists such as Jay Z, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Ja Rule, and Common.
  • According to people close to him, Biggie had five songs worth of lyrics in his head around the time he was killed.
  • Biggie is also one of the best (yet uncredited) scouters in rap. Among the people who he discovered, or in some way helped further their rap careers, were Jay Z, Cam’ron, Jada Kiss, Styles P, Sheek, Lil Kim, Mase, N.O.R.E, and Charlie Baltimore.
  • Biggie attended the same high school in downtown Brooklyn as hip-hop  and rap artists Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes.
  • His album "Life After Death" is certified Diamond, meaning it sold more than 10 million copies.
  • Biggie was one of the first hip-hop  MC’s ever to successfully bridge the gap between commercial and underground success.
  • He first signed with Uptown Records in 1993, his first recording deal.

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