Remembering Biggie, Who Died 14 Years Ago Today

Categories: R.I.P.
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Happier times for the whole country
Christopher Wallace, better known to posterity as the Notorious B.I.G., died fourteen years ago today in Los Angeles. (Obligatory S.F. cameo: a few days before, he did a radio interview here on WiLD 107 where he said he'd hired a security detail because he feared for his life.) The case is still open, and new information has come to light as recently as this January -- see this report for a good précis of Wallace's murder and that of Tupac Shakur -- but hopes are few and far between that the truth will come to light.

Biggie was 24 when he died, which means he'd be 38 today, a year younger than Snoop Dogg. This in turn means that by now his career would have had plenty of time to dry up, go off the rails a little bit, maybe catch a second or third wind but eventually get leveraged into reality TV deals and various products spokesmanships (suggestion: "touch my cheddar, feel my Beretta" in a 30-second Tillamook spot) and embarrassing awards-show performances with, like, Gwyneth Paltrow.

As it turned out, though, he left a pretty slender legacy -- those posthumous duet and remix albums definitely don't count -- and for the most part it's phenomenal. Life After Death, which came out two weeks after Wallace died, probably didn't need to be a double album, but Ready To Die, his 1994 debut, is freaking indispensable. Take some time today and allow Biggie to lace his lyrical douches in your, um, bushes. We'll give you a head start.

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If you're feeling particularly stoked on the story, you can also watch Nick Broomfield's documentary Biggie and Tupac for free on Hulu. It's pretty terrible, but it does involve some prisonyard footage with possible hit-orderer and proto-Rick Ross thug kingpin Suge Knight. So that's something.

Anyway, here's to Biggie. May he continue to smile on us from heaven, where hopefully God is letting him wear all the black Tims and black hoodies he wants.

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Chia
Chia

You are greatly missed. But your music still lives on.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

And the 14th anniversary of someone's death is news because...

Mr Eric Sux
Mr Eric Sux

Besides the fact that it is still an open case, and new information is coming in, march 9th is the death of a beloved and influential figure in music history. Regardless of your taste in music, he has had in influence in. However, I fear that you are just absolutely retarded and will not agree and will continue to disrespect a man that has graced us with his lyrical ability. You are indeed an idiot.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Did I ever say I hated Biggie? Nope. I just said his death wasn't news, and you haven't refuted that undeniable fact.

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