The West Coast had been holding hip-hop down for years by the time the Notorious B.I.G. made his Bad Boy debut in 1994. But once he did, 'Ready to Die' proved that the East Coast was still a force to be reckoned with. The Bed-Stuy native had infinite bars telling sto
Hip-hop legends are those that make an indelible mark on the culture with their music and their movement. Rappers like Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. sit in the upper echelons of artists who have paved the
Notorious B.I.G. still holds the title as King of New York -- that is, if you ask most Brooklynites. Before the world knew Biggie, he was already staking his claim in hip-hop on Bed-Stuy streets. In fact, fans often wonder where Jay-Z would've e
As a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G., who died 16 years ago this month on March 9, 1997, New York rappers Lil Cease, Joey Bada$$, Uncle Murda, Maino, Fred the Godson and Joell Ortiz spit bars during a BET cypher.
Debuting nearly two decades after hip-hop was birthed uptown in the Bronx, N.Y., Brooklyn's Biggie Smalls -- or the Notorious B.I.G. to many -- almost instantaneously reinvented the East Coast sound. The Bed-Stuy native could freestyle, weave tall,
The most unnecessary beef in the history of hip-hop with the most detrimental results. Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls were actually friends until 1994, when Tupac was shot five times at Quad Studios in New York City. Biggie was recording in the building, and Pac blamed him and his crew for the shooting that sent hi
When the Notorious B.I.G.'s sophomore album, 'Life After Death,' debuted in 1997, just weeks after his murder -- still unsolved today -- the opus served as an eerie lyrical depiction of his demise, though Biggie himself had no clue his life would actually be cut short.
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