There is still power in the music of Biggie Smalls. Just find one of his songs, turn the volume up high, and you’ll see what I mean.
While listening to his classic 1994 debut album, Ready to Die, I felt authoritative as Biggie narrated his life story to me, speaking of the days when he was a tough, hood driven drug dealer just trying to make money to stay alive. I tried to put myself in his shoes and imagine what life must of been like for a kid from Brooklyn who would one day become one of the most revered rappers in music history.
As anger and passion flowed through the core of his lyrics, it was clear that he was willing and ready to die for what he believed in. And that was his music.
On March 9, 1997,Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G.or Biggie Smalls, was gunned down in Los Angeles and his death remains a mystery to this day.
Although I was very young at the time of his murder, I still remember being saddened by the tragedy and wondered why someone whose music was so great had to die.
There was power in his songs, and I knew it early on.
Biggie Smalls took hip hop to another level and his presence in rap music solidified New York’s spot as a reigning champ of East Coast talent.
He catapulted Sean Combs’ career and his up-and-coming record label Bad Boy Records to stardom with his platinum selling albums.
His smooth, nonchalant flow and creative free-styling methods have inspired countless rappers, and it all started with Ready to Die.
Ready to Die was a hardcore, funky, political movement full of fierce rhyme schemes that no one could touch.
His lyrics were authentic, if anything and gave new meaning to hip hop’s enduring power.
So, today as we remember the life of Biggie Smalls, just know that it is not a day of mourning, but it is a day when we should consider just how influential his music was.
They called him Notorious for a reason.
“If I wasn’t in the rap game, I’d probably have a key knee deep in the crack game/because the streets is a short stop/ either you slingin crack rock or you gotta wicked jump shot/ its hard being young from the slums eatin five cent gums/ not knowing where your meal is coming from” “Things Done Changed” from Ready to Die