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IT WAS ALL A DREAM: Celebrating The Life Of The Notorious BIG 15 Years Later

Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. is considered by many to be one of the greatest MC’s to ever pick up a mic or spit a 16. On March 9, 1997,  The Notorious B.I.G was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. 15 years later, we’re still celebrating the life of The Notorious B.I.G.

On this day, 15 years ago, the platinum-selling rapper attended an after party hosted by Vibe magazine, after the 11 annual Soul Train Music Awards. Biggie and his entourage left the Petersen Automotive Museum in two GMC Suburban trucks to go back to their hotel. Biggie was in the front passenger of the first GMC with D-Roc, Lil Cease and G-Money. A little after midnight, Biggie truck stopped at a red light. A black Chevrolet Impala pulled alongside Biggie’s truck, rolled down his window and fired bullets at Biggie’s GMC . Four of the bullets hit Biggie in the chest and he was pronounced dead around 1:15 am at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“Long live the KING, we will always love Big Poppa.”

“However I stay Coogi down to the socks.”

“Rings and watch filled with rocks”

“I was a terror since the public school era.”

“Smoking blunts was a daily routine since 13.”

“Putting five carats in my baby girl ear”

Most MC’s who came out in the 90′s and beyond owe respect to the “Player President.” He lived Notorious and was the Black Frank White. How could we ever forget “Big Poppa” with classics like “Juicy” and “Who Shot Ya”? Not only was he a Black male that was stereotyped, he was also misunderstood, but no matter what, he always repped his Brooklyn hood.

B.I.G. FOREVER!

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We Will Always Love Big Poppa: Notorious B.I.G. Covers XXL March 2012 Issue

In my opinion, the late great Notorious B.I.G. aka Frank White was the greatest rapper in music history. He sold platinum albums, toured around the world and most importantly influenced a lot of the rappers to come in the last decade. March 9, 2012, marks the 15-year anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death and XXL is paying tribute to the Brooklyn emcee with a special issue dedicated to his legacy.

The XXL team spoke to some of those closest to Big for an in-depth look into his life and death. From his kids T’Yanna and Christopher “CJ” Wallace and their mamas, Jan Jackson and Faith Evans, to his closest friends like members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. and others, many got their chance to share stories and more to pay homage to the beloved MC. Most even disclosed rare, never-before-published photos of Biggie from their personal collections, which are featured in this month’s issue. Since Big was one of the most swagger-jacked rappers of all time, there’s a list of the 100 best Biggie bites, a look a what The Notorious One might have looked like at 40-plus, and much more.”

The March 2012 issue hits newsstands on February 7

Source: XXL 

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Preferred Versace: Designer Donatella Versace Speaks On Biggie Smalls Being At Her Shows & His Influence On The Brand

As we all know, if the late great Biggie Smalls wasn’t Coogi downed to the socks, he was looking all dapper in Versace. In an interview done by Nicki Minaj for Interview Magazine’s December/January issue, successful fashion designer and Vice President Donatella Versace spoke on seeing Biggie at her shows and his love for the brand. Below are some excerpts:

On Biggie coming to her shows in Paris.

“I think Biggie was amazing. He came to my shows in Paris many times, and we’d see each other often,” said Versace. “I loved what he was doing and how he was giving people a way to know about Versace.”

On Biggie’s influence on the brand.

“I do think he was giving people a way to know about Versace–I do think a lot of people started to know about Versace because of him.”

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Picture Me Dope: The Notorious B.I.G. & Junior Mafia Rolling-Up On The Stoop In Brooklyn Back In The 90’s

Smoking blunts was a daily routine since 13.” Biggie Smalls

Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. was more than a rapper, many people consider him to be one of the greatest MC’s to ever pick up the mic or spit a 16. On March 9, 1997,  The Notorious B.I.G was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. 14 years later, we’re still celebrating the life of The Notorious B.I.G.

Most MC’s who came out in the 90′s and beyond owe respect to the “Player President.” He lived Notorious and was the Black Frank White. How can we ever forget “Big Poppa” with classics like “Juicy” and “Who Shot Ya”? Not only was he a Black male that was stereotyped, he was also misunderstood, but no matter what, he always rep his Brooklyn hood.

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He’s Not A Biter, He’s A Writer: Jay-Z Speaks On Using Bigge’s Rhymes

I say a B.I.G. verse I’m only biggin up my brother, Biggin up my borough, I’m big enough to do it, I’m that thorough, Plus i know my own flow is foolish.”-Jay-Z “What More Can I Say.” In the video below, from the Decoded iPhone app, Jay talks about being inspired by music and he speaks on using Biggie’s rhymes in his lyrics.

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Is Rick Ross The Biggie Of The South?

In my opinion, Rick Ross is becoming one of the best rappers to ever come out of Miami. What he’s doing for Hip-Hop is unbelievable. Over the years, he proved that rappers from the South are lyrical emcee’s. He sold gold and platinum albums, tour around the world, sold out arenas across the country, has been featured in some of the most respected music publications and collaborated with some of the greatest rappers; such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Mobb Deep. Also, Ross recently launched his own record label, titled Maybach Music Group.

In my opinion, Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. was more than just a rapper, he’s considered by many to be one of the greatest MC’s to ever pick up a mic or spit a 16. Most MC’s who came out in the 90′s and beyond owe respect to the “Player President.” He lived Notorious and was the Black Frank White. How can we ever forget about “Big Poppa” with classics like “Juicy” and “Who Shot Ya? He was a black male Stereotyped and misunderstood, but no matter what; he always rep his Brooklyn hood.

Do you guys think Rick Ross “is the Biggie of the South?”

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Dope Throwback: Biggie Smalls, Craig Mack & Puff Daddy On YoMTVRaps!

In my opinion, In the early 90’s to the early 2000’s Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment was the best rap label in the game. Biggie Smalls, Craig Mack, Total, Faith Evans, Lil Kim, Junior Mafia and Mase are just a few of the artists that were signed to Bad Boy back in the early 90’s to early 2000’s. While web surfing I came across a classic interview of Biggie Smalls, Craig Mack and Puff Daddy on YoMTVRaps!. I think the interview is dope, so I’ve decided to post it. There’s nothing much more for me to say, but watch the video below.

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