Notorious B.I.G. will never be forgotten.
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Many in the rap game have taken a moment to pay respects to Big, wishing the late icon a happy birthday. Some, like Diddy and Jadakiss, actually collaborated with him; others simply understand the importance of what he contributed to New York, as well as hip-hop culture at large. Check out some of the well-wishers below, and take a moment to reflect on your favorite Biggie line.
When I was in school, another late icon Reggie “Combat Jack” Ossé was a guest speaker during a class. He shared a story about his experience with B.I.G, having spent time in a recording studio while the rapper and his entourage were in the middle of a bender. When it came time for Big to record his vocals, he was passed out, a box of pizza beside him. As Jack told it, Biggie was finally roused from slumber, and proceeded to absolutely murder his vocals in one take, never losing a step. The sheer level of artistry the young man possessed remains impressive even now, and every so often, hip-hop fans should journey backward through his catalog, if only to be reminded of a simple fact: there’s a reason many still call him the GOAT.
Happy birthday Big!
Source: Hot New Hip Hop