Wednesday, March 9, 2011


brooklyn's finest...

At a time when West Coast rap artists were more common in mainstream music, Christopher Wallace aka "Biggie Smalls" solidified himself as a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene with the release of his debut album Ready to Die in 1994. This in turn increased New York's visibility in the game and ultimately changed hip-hop forever. I had the privilege of growing up in the 90s as I've stated before and this was an unbelievable time for music, especially rap/hip-hop. With artists such as Eric B. and Rakim, Dr. Dre, Tupac, Gang Starr, and Nas just to name a few...putting out some if not the greatest albums of all time (Illmatic), Biggie put a spin on things and revolutionized the game with his loose, easy-going, melodic rhymes that  gave you glimpses of his life through his uncanny art of storytelling. I can't believe it's been 14 years...

Fourteen years ago today, the Hip Hop culture has lost one of its brightest stars ever. Hailing from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section in Brooklyn, Christopher Wallace’s rise to fame was quick and his career was cut short just as quickly. Sean “Diddy” Combs signed Biggie to Uptown Records and brought him to bad Boy Records when he started the label in 1992. The subsequent success has been well documented. Biggie was shot and killed in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, and his second solo album, Life after Death, was released on March 26. His murder remains unsolved. Rest in Peace. (HYPETRAK)

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