"That $hit was the worst verse I ever heard in my life, cause the greatest rapper of all-time died on March 9th. God bless his soul, rest in peace kid, it's because of him now at least I know what beef is........"
-Canibus, 2nd Round Knockout
I tend to remember these few lines from the classic diss track of LL Cool J every year around this time. Today was the day that Christopher Wallace was shot in Los Angeles at the age of 24. While calling him the best is fully objective, he is probably my favorite rapper of all-time. I flip between he and KRS-One, but I do not think anyone had a flow like BIG.
His story telling ability paints pictures in your mind. He definitely had a sense of humor and while we never truly saw the overly conscious side of him, his potential was incredibly immense. rSharpe did this for two fantastic producers, Nujabes and J Dilla, so I thought I would ask people to share some of their favorite Biggie tracks.
My favorites are the ones he did with DJ Premier. I listen to them constantly and my favorite song for the longest time was "Unbelievable". Word was that this was Allen Iverson's favorite track as well. I also will include his Wake-up show freestyle (Not really a freestyle, but that is what they called it when they rapped over other peoples beats on the show), which I love over the beat to Sadat X's "Stages and Lights" as well as Mobb Deep's "Hell on Earth". If anyone else has any tracks they like of BIG, please feel free to post.
Kick in the Door:
The 10 Crack Commandments:
Rap Phenomenon (featuring Redman & Methodman):
Wake-up Show Freestyle (with Lil' Cease):
Thanks for the videos. Also &$#%#&@! LL
The first thing I thought of was Canibus when I saw this post I still love Canibus he just released a CD with Keith Murray called the UnderGods which was criminally overlooked.
On another note my son was born today at 4:23a.m. so this day became even more historic ;)
My favorite Biggy song is still Juicy cuz that song just puts me back in the day. "Super Nintendo, Sege Genesis, when I was dead broke man I couldn't picture this...." If you're from the old school them lines gotta hit a nerve.
Notorious Thugs is the song I play the most by him cuz I'm a HUGE Bone Thugs fan, and I love the remix Spit Yo Game with Krayzie Bone and Twista, they're flow are outta this world.
And You Aint Nobody Til Somebody Kills You....How real is that?
We truly lost a great talent before he even hit his prime.
I've debated GROAT constantly wit my buds, and as much as I love 2Pac, his message may have been better, but Biggie was the greatest pure rapper ever. His career is so short but he has m0re hits than m0st rappers see in a decade. S0 many qu0table bars. If Biggie was still d0in it, half these rappers 2day w0uld be fighting 4 unempl0yment checks.
"I got 7 Mac 11's....about 8...38's...9 nines....10 Mac 10's....The shyt never ends....cant touch my riches...even if you had MC Hammer & them 357 biaches!!!" RIP BIG
Given how far his game has fallen off – he hasn’t averaged double figures since 2008-09 in Houston – teams are looking at him as a veteran presence more than a scoring threat, and he isn’t inspiring confidence in teams looking for a veteran voice.