Remembering Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace
May 21, 1972 — March 9, 1997
It’s hard to believe it’s been over two decades since The Notorious B.I.G.’s death. And yet, he is still at the forefront of any and all conversations about hip-hop’s all-time greatest MCs. Dispute that point and suffer the consequences.
Christopher Wallace layered his vivid street tales with a complex, champagne-smooth delivery that could touch everyone on the block. He could wax poetic about life's luxuries (see: "Juicy" and "Hypnotize") while lacing tracks like "Ten Crack Commandments" and "Warning" with gritty verses for the hustlers in Brooklyn and beyond. On the anniversary of his passing, remember The Notorious B.I.G. with a written piece on the art of sampling Biggie’s music, and these expertly curated playlists the celebrate the life of the man known the world over as Big Poppa.
The Art of Sampling Biggie Smalls
One common method used to immortalize legendary artists is by sampling the music they left behind. Countless producers have found unique ways to sample and flip Biggie for modern ears.
Biggie painted the most vivid pictures with his rhymes; it was no different when it came to videos. Take a trip down memory lane with classic videos from The Notorious B.I.G. Spread love it’s the Brooklyn way.