In memory of the legacy left behind by Biggie Smalls (Christopher Wallace).
Today marks the 14 year anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ death. The venerated rapper’s case remains unsolved, and there are still many conspiracies involving the artist’s death. But instead of focusing on the bad, let’s take a look at some ways Christopher Wallace has left an indelible mark on the rap industry.
One of the artists who Biggie Smalls (Notorious B.I.G.) would often collab with was P. Diddy. In fact, Diddy (or Sean Combs) was the one who heard his demo and signed him to Uptown Records. Combs has spoken out on many occasions about how Biggie has had a positive impact on his life, and how he remains one of the most influential artists in the rap game.
Rap queen Lil’ Kim also was heavily involved with Christopher Wallace. Last Thursday, Lil’ Kim opened up about how the rapper has impacted her, saying, “Although we were in a relationship at one point, he basically was like a big brother and he was [like] a father sometimes…If he saw me doing something wrong, he would correct me right then and there no matter who was around and how he had to talk to me. A lot of people looked at him as being very controlling over me but I guess at times I kind of looked at it like he just really looked at me as something very delicate.”
But the Notorious B.I.G. is not only remembered warmly by the artists in the industry he collaborated with, but also the fans who still hold his memory in their hearts. Twitter feeds attest to this, as fans use hash tag #biggieday to reflect on how the artist has made a difference, and to share favourite lyrics. There is no doubt in my mind that there are hundreds of young artists out there, who will continue to change the rap industry through their various influences, including that of one of the most famed rappers, Biggie Smalls.
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