That Bad Boy Summer of ’97 seems as if it was just yesterday. Watching the “Hypnotize” video on BET, hearing “Kick In The Door” blast from almost every car on every street corner, watching Puff and Mase in those shiny air suits, and trying to get the dances down pat from the “Mo Money Mo Problems” video. I didn’t realize at the time that a few months prior, hip-hop had lost one of it’s greatest stars. The man that I would go on to remember as The G.O.A.T. I was a young cat, and it didn’t hit me until I saw the footage of the hearse; carrying Biggie’s body through the crowded streets of Brooklyn. Looking at people of all ages show love to their hometown hero on MTV touched me in such a way that can‘t be put into words.
15 years later I still wonder; what would hip-hop be if The Notorious B.I.G. were still here. I still ask these questions to myself; Would Jay-Z be as successful as he is now? Would B.I.G.’s gritty rhymes resonate with today’s saturated hip-pop market? Would ‘Life After Death’ have went diamond? Well, only God knows. One thing’s for sure; 15 years after his tragic and untimely death, Biggie Smalls is still the illest.
And here’s the thing, there will never be another. B.B. Jay wasn’t Biggie. Shyne wasn’t Biggie. As good an actor as he is, Gravy ain’t Big. As much love as today’s hip-hop community shows Rick Ross, he’ll never be Biggie. As talented as these cats are, there can only be one Big Poppa. I know things done changed, but when it comes to Christopher Wallace, some things will always stay the same. (more…)