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Hip-Hop Remembers The Notorious B.I.G. on the 20th Anniversary of His Death

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Today (March 9) marks the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

Born and raised in New York’s Brooklyn borough, Biggie Smalls made an impact on the rap game by age 20, introducing a bravado, flow and slow-and-steady storytelling ability that was unlike anything else out at the time. Biggie was known for his signature flow: a type of delivery that would bend syllables and rhyme structure in a way intriguing to the listener. He also let fans in on his inner thoughts, emotions and outlook on life, proving he was more than a hood rich former drug dealer out for the dough. Big’s only two albums, 1994’s Ready to Die and 1997’s Life After Death, are markers in hip-hop history as classic albums.

Other than his rhymes, Big was a larger-than-life character. A natural star, Big made it cool to dress in everything from Coogi sweaters to a three-piece all-white suit and a cane. But with the Black Frank White sadly being gunned down while he was at his peak as a star, rap fans will never really know how much more he could’ve changed the game.

As the hip-hop world remembers the late great entertainer, rappers have been sharing memories and pictures of Big on social media all day. From Biggie’s close friends and business partners like Diddy and Lil Cease to rappers who grew up on his discography, the Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy has undoubtedly lived on for 20 years. Check out which rappers and industry insiders remembered Biggie today.

If you missed them, read Cam’ron‘s wild story about auditioning for Big, Jay Electronica remembering where he was when he heard the dreadful news, and Raekwon and Mannie Fresh comparing Big to other legends.




Live from Times Square!! Love to @spotify. #WeMissYouBIG

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There was once a king and when he died Kings County gave him a kings farewell. There can only be 1 #BIG

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Talib Kweli


Notorious Day. March 9th. Brooklyn! We did it!

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Joe Budden





U know what today is? So u know who we doing it for ! #ripbiggie March 9th

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DJ Pro Style


Lil’ Cease




20 yrs later we still miss you. We'll always love Big Poppa. Brooklyn Forever. #RipBIG

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DJ Khaled


Bless up

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Faith Evans




Biggie Smalls is the illest

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DJ Enuff


We Will Always Love ❤️ Big Poppa.

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Hardest shit in Hiphop history Rest In Peace B.I.G!!! #wemissyou beat campaign ever @iamdiddy

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Swizz Beatz


#WeMissYouBIG We Love you BIG the Deans

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Snoop Dogg



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LL Cool J


Gone but never forgotten. #RIPBIG #BiggieSmalls

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