I grew up through the West / East Coast rap feud. I was personally more into the West despite being born and raised on the East coast but come on, who can deny Biggie’s music? I remember sitting in school, must have been 4th grade, singing the chorus to “Big Poppa”. I couldn’t keep up with the flow of the verses back then, but you better believe I can keep up now!
Since Biggie’s music was a large part of my childhood and I do consider him an icon, I couldn’t help but scoop this up. I found a random stack of rap singles while in there last so I scooped quite a few up, but this was the only single from the Notorious one.
Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper.
Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip hop scene and increased New York’s visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip hop was dominant in the mainstream. The following year, Wallace led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, Wallace was heavily involved in the growing East Coast/West Coast hip hop feud.
On March 9, 1997, Wallace was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc set Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification. Wallace was noted for his “loose, easy flow”, dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities.
Nasty Boy (Remix)