Twenty years after his death, join us in looking at some little known facts about the hip-hop legend Notorious B. It wasn't long before Lockhart sued, and Biggie was forced to change his official name to Notorious B. Biggie was suppose to be on a plane to London on the night he died, but instead went to a party in LA to celebrate finishing his second album 'Life After Death.
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Who Was Biggie Smalls?
Forget the fact Puffy started Bad Boy back in and a 20 th anniversary makes little sense. Forget the fact that most s hip-hop fans already have these songs fully loaded on a Spotify playlist. Puff Daddy has always been about marketing and the box set is the perfect way to celebrate his label's reunion tour, which stops in Columbus by the way. More than any other record label, Bad Boy's catalog sums up the trends of mid to late s hip-hop, releasing hit after hit while Combs sat on top of the world. Troy L.
He was 24 years old when he was gunned down in in Los Angeles, a murder that has never been solved. Smalls was from New York and had almost single-handedly reinvented East Coast hip hop — overtaken in the early s by the West Coast "g-funk" sound of Dr. Dre and Death Row Records. With his clear, powerful baritone, effortless flow on the mic and willingness to address the vulnerability, as well as the harshness, of the hustler lifestyle, Smalls swung the spotlight back towards New York and his label home, Bad Boy Records. He styled himself as a gangster and although he was no angel, in reality he was more of a performer than a hardened criminal. In this regard, he was similar to Tupac Shakur , his one-time friend turned bitter rival — a contest that spiraled horrifyingly out of control leaving neither man alive to tell the tale. His parents both hailed from the Caribbean island of Jamaica — his mom, Voletta taught preschool; his pop, Selwyn, was a welder and local Jamaican politician.
As a tribute song, Lil' Kim and Puff Daddy's verses have little relevance to Biggie's verse, which is about being in the hospital while being comforted by attractive female nurses. It samples the song " Notorious " by Duran Duran. The video consists of Puff Daddy inviting a security guard played by Tracy Morgan to a party, and a traffic jam, and a big party in the end glorifying Notorious B. Puff Daddy was also the director of the video.