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Life After Death: Remembering The Notorious B.I.G. (1972 – 1997)

The Notorious B.I.G. 5By K.B. Tindal
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

This time, exactly seventeen years ago, the entire hip hop world was in shock after discovering The Notorious B.I.G. was dead. Just hours before, The Notorious B.I.G. was the definition of life. Listening to his music, his interviews, and watching his videos, it was clear that Biggie was enjoying life.

At the time, The Notorious B.I.G. had returned to Los Angeles to promote his forthcoming album, Life After Death. This album came three years after he released his gritty debut, Ready to Die, which was regarded as a classic. On his second album, B.I.G. presented everything in grand fashion.

His murder, which is still unsolved, was very sad and left the game in a state of depression, but it also led to a peace summit. Hip hop has gotten violent, at times, but The Notorious B.I.G.’s murder is at the back of a lot of people’s minds. Seventeen years after his death, The Notorious B.I.G.’s music continues to dominate and is often remade.

Musically, all of The Notorious B.I.G.’s partners have moved on with their projects. Lil’ Kim released her sophomore album and titled it The Notorious K.I.M. after her former mentor. Meanwhile, Diddy has kept The Notorious B.I.G.’s name alive no matter how many times his own name has changed, as he signed French Montana, who dropped his debut album, Excuse My French, on The Notorious B.I.G.’s birthday.

Hip hop has gone through plenty of changes since The Notorious B.I.G. departed the world in a physical form, but it is still a genre that shows as much love to him as possible. Arguably, no artist other than Tupac Shakur has had an impact on the game the way The Notorious B.I.G. has over the better part of two decades. Since today marks the seventeenth anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s passing, Hip Hop Vibe decided to put together a tribute on behalf of the deceased legend.

This tribute will include The Notorious B.I.G.’s greatest hits, interviews from his loved ones, B.I.G. classic interviews, and tributes made in honor of him. Earlier this week, Rick Ross debuted his “Nobody” track with Diddy and French Montana, which was modeled after The Notorious B.I.G.’s “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)” track off Life After Death. Rest in peace to the legend that is The Notorious B.I.G.

Christopher George Latore Wallace walked this Earth in the physical form from May 21, 1972 until March 9, 1997. Since then, he has watched over the people on Earth.

Watch The Notorious B.I.G.’s career discography below:

Watch “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Watch “Big Poppa” by The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Watch “One More Chance” by The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Faith Evans below:

Watch “Players Anthem” by Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Watch “Get Money” by Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Watch “Can’t You See” by Total ft. The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Watch “You Can’t Stop The Reign” by Shaquille O’Neal ft. The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Watch “Only You” by 112 ft. The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase below:

Watch “Crush On You” by Lil’ Kim ft. Lil’ Cease and The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Watch “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Total below:

Watch “Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Diana Ross, Puff Daddy, and Mase below:

Watch “Sky’s The Limit” by The Notorious B.I.G. ft. 112 below:

Watch The Notorious B.I.G.’s MTV interviews below:

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Watch The Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z’s interview in 1994 below:

Watch T’yanna Wallace’s interview with Global Grind below:

Watch CJ Wallace’s interview with Bossip below:

Watch Ms. Voletta Wallace’s interview with Rap Radar below:

Watch Faith Evans’ interview with “The Arsenio Hall Show” about The Notorious B.I.G.’s death below:

Watch Lil’ Kim’s 1997 interview about The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Watch Shaquille O’Neal’s interviews about The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Shaq interview on “Sway In The Morning”

Shaq talks about Biggie the day he died

Watch The Notorious B.I.G. tributes below:

Watch “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans and 112 below:

Watch Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, 112, and Sting perform “I’ll Be Missing You” at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards below:

Watch Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, and 112 perform “I’ll Be Missing You” at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards below:

Watch music videos of songs inspired by The Notorious B.I.G. below:

Watch “I Just Wanna Love U” by Jay-Z ft. Pharrell below:

Watch “U Don’t Have To Call” by Usher below:

Watch “The Jump Off” by Lil’ Kim ft. Mr. Cheeks below:

Watch “Foolish” by Ashanti below:

Watch “Nobody” by Rick Ross ft. French Montana and Diddy below:

Watch Rick Ross discussing the making of “Nobody” on Hot 97 below:

Follow K.B. Tindal on Twitter @KBTindal.

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