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Over ten years given that his loss of life, Biggie Smalls, sometimes called The infamous B.I.G., is taken into account the most influential rappers of all time, a credits consistently given by way of a variety of hip-hop artists. Raised in Brooklyn in the course of the crack-cocaine growth of the past due Seventies and early Eighties, Smalls (born Christopher Wallace) labored as a drug broker ahead of eventually determining to turn into a rapper. With Sean Puffy Combs and undesirable Boy leisure, Biggie rocketed to status as one in all hip hop's hottest artists. yet with the good fortune got here controversy: the friendship-turned-feud among Biggie and Tupac fueled the contention among East Coast and West Coast hip hop, a gangsta-rap conflict that many think ended in the homicide of either rappers. whereas nonetheless unsolved, the homicide of Biggie in 1997 sparked a variety of investigations, litigation, and the dismantling of a l. a. Police division job strength in what's thought of the biggest scandal in LAPD historical past. Ten years later, Biggie is well known because the King of East Coast hip hop. during this biography writer Holly Lang recounts the existence, song, and legacy of Biggie and investigates the occasions surrounding his homicide.

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The song received national attention for spotlighting the growing problem of teen pregnancy and the almost nonexistent support from the baby’s father, the teen’s family, and the government. Songs like “Brenda’s Got a Baby” pushed Shakur into the role of spokesperson for the plight of the poor living in a ghetto, a role he eagerly undertook in his usual poetic fashion. But even with his increasingly positive career, the controversy that had always followed Shakur soon reared its head: Shakur was in a gunfight that struck and killed six-year-old Qa’id BECOMING A BAD BOY 35 Walker-Teal.

Wallace still had many of the same connections as before, and although there was plenty of money to be made in Brooklyn, there was even more to be made down in North Carolina, where addicts would travel up to 50 miles to get crack cocaine. He made the trek and soon, according to some estimates, was pulling in tens of thousands hustling. But amid the frantic calls from addicts coming through on Wallace’s pager were calls from ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS 17 Combs in New York. Finally, on a Sunday, Wallace returned his page and learned that his record deal had finally come through and that he had an advance waiting for him back in New York.

Some producers grew weary of this process, though those who often worked with Wallace, like Easy Mo Bee and DJ Premier, knew his style and knew he would always deliver. And deliver he did. Ready to Die starts with an introduction that seemingly tells the story of Wallace’s life, beginning with his birth and then moving to his childhood and onto his music, in a section that samples Snoop Doggy Dogg’s “The Shiznit,” offering homage to the prominence of West Coast rap. Throughout the album, heavy, somber songs (“Everyday Struggle,” “The What”) are balanced with lighter, sexier romps (“Big Poppa,” “Unbelievable”).

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