Today marks a day that many never fathomed of celebrating, the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a Biggie Smalls.
Even though he is no longer with us, his influence is seen all around us to this day, especially in today’s music industry. For example, if the flow from Nikki Minaj and Meek Mill’s All Eyes On Me sounded familiar it should because it was mirrored from none other than Biggie himself on his hit collaboration Notorious Thugs with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The examples are honestly endless. From adopting song titles as Tory Lanez did with Dreams or paying homage to beats as Fabolous did on the song I’m Going Down from B.I.G’s The What.
Because of how, pardon the pun, big he was, his life and death are still a topic of discussion and interest today. So much so that more than decade after his passing a biopic, aptly titled Notorious, premiered to the world. The film narrated by Angela Bassett who played his mother, Victoria Wallace and most notably stared his own son as a young version of himself. Given his impact it’s safe to say that Biggie was more than just a rapper. He was a storyteller, a captivating performer and, most would agree, a lyrical genius. After all, it’s no surprise that while Puff Daddy has a propensity of “borrowing” tracks, it none other than Biggie that would master the art of making it his own.
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