Thursday July 27, 2017
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Mar 2011
“We’ll always Love Big Poppa!”

Versed remembers one of the best rappers of all time!

Melissa Jean
Entertainment Writer

Amazingly at a time when the rap era was dominated by the west coast with big-time rappers such as ice-cube, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg alongside with the infamous Death Row Records, in-came a Brooklyn prodigy who would forever change the way we view rap music today: introducing, Biggie Smalls!

Christopher George Latore Wallace, born on May 21, 1972 to Jamaican parents, was raised by his mother Veletta Wallace; and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Due to his size, he was affectionately called Biggie. Later, he’d also become known as Big Poppa, Biggie Smalls, and Notorious B.I.G. Just like many other artists who hailed from the “BK” including Big Daddy Kane, Jay-Z, and Busta Ryhmes, “Big” showed he was no rookie to the rap game. Although it was said that he was heavily influenced by the crack epidemic in his Brooklyn surroundings, he proved that he wasn’t going to be pressured by that kind of environment.

Before dropping his first hit album in 1994 titled “Ready To Die”, Biggie displayed his lyrical gift while performing on other artists songs such as Mary J Blige, Faith Evans and former bad-boy records artist Craig Mack for his “Flavor in your Ear” remix. But just like the hit record he was featured on, “when more money is made, there comes more problems.”

The coastal beef that sparked two biggest-known rappers on either coast getting gunned down started when Death-Row artist and west coast rapper Tupac Shakur, who was one of Big’s closest friends, blamed him and the whole bad-boy records team for an ambush on him (Shakur) at a NYC studio in 1994. It was apparent that there was a huge misunderstanding seeing as Big and his team was recording in the same building just flights away from each other.

Although it obviously wasn’t expected; it would be the last time Big’s friends and family saw him accept an award. While partying in Los Angeles after attending the Soul Train Awards; our beloved “chrisy poo” as his mom Veletta Wallace affectionately called him was gunned down while sitting in the front passenger seat of a truck waiting at a red traffic light. That was on March 9, 1997. His murder, sadly to this day; remains unsolved.

Christopher “BIGGIE” Wallace was only 24 at the time of his death, and at such a young age his influential work consists of mostly unofficial mix tapes and two studio albums, the last one titled “Life After Death” which was released 15 days after his death. It’s intriguing to think that someone of his stature that unfortunately didn’t spend a lot of time here on earth blessing us fans with some more of what he was capable of, with a small file has become a Hip-Hop legend.

So a week after his fourteen year anniversary; let us honor this influential lyricist, awesome rapper, great dad, loving son, and his continuous legacy! ~Rest in Peace Christopher “Big” Wallace~

“The Notorious B.I.G. is the greatest rapper of all time”-Diddy

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