Monday, May 21, 2012
Straight out of Brooklyn, one of the greatest rappers of all time emerged and changed the rap game. Although his life was taken so soon into his career, Biggie definitely paved the way and set the foundation for rappers today. Christopher George Latore Wallace released his debut album "Ready to Die" in 1994, and immediately became a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop world. Living in the life of luxury from his own success, he formed and mentored the group "Junior Mafia" in the 90s. With the release of the singles from the debut album "Conspiracy", the success of the group's singles "Player's Anthem" which charted #13 and "Get Money" at #17 on billboard solidified the fame of many of the artist and helped launch the career of Lil' Kim as a solo artist. B.I.G is a pioneer and there is no telling what he could have offered to (in my opinion) the suffering rap game. Today we celebrate what would have been his 40th birthday, and although he is not here in the flesh, his legacy lives on through the members of Junior Mafia, the artist who sample and quote his lyrics, and most importantly the fans who love and still bang his hits in the streets.
One of my favorite tunes from B.I.G. from his album "Ready To Die" Happy Birthday