Hip Hop artist Notorious B. I. G released his debut album Ready to Die under the Bad Boy Records label. This was marked as the first release on their label. Ready to Die made the Notorious B. I. G. A star and vaulted Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Bad Boy label Into the spotlight as well. It’s recognized as one of the greatest hardcore rap albums ever recorded. The album reached quadruple platinum with infamous tracks Juicy, Big Poppa and One More Chance. In June of 1995, the single “One More Chance” debuted at number five in the pop singles chart, tying Michael
Jackson’s “Scream / Childhood” as the highest-debuting single of all time. Ready to Die continued to gain popularity throughout 1995, eventually selling two million copies. Producers who took part of the album were DC Premier, Easy Mo Bee, Puffy etc. The album cover is an infant with similarities of the artist sporting an afro. B. I. G. Had been influenced by everyone from Cool G Rap to NNW, Too Short to Slick Rick. The concept behind it is the artist’s life from birth to death. This album cover is considered one of the best Hip Hop covers of all time.
It’s always easy to see elements f Biggie in his narrators and of his own experience in the details; everything is firmly rooted In reality, but plays Like scenes from a movie. His storytelling skills brought a huge impact to the future of rap music. He made the things that he said so clear and vivid. “The stakes were raised,” says Www-Tang founder and producer RAZZ. “Before 8. 1. G. , you might put out anything, now you knew, okay, It’s real out there, you goat come correct, ’cause this cat Is spending time on his salt. ” Even other producers and Mac’s knew that Biggie was very talented.
SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS OF BIGGIE: Christopher Wallace, a. K. A. Biggie Smalls, was born in Brooklyn, New York, May 21, 1972. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant as the son of a preschool teacher. Dropping out of high school at the age of seventeen, Biggie became a crack dealer, which he proclaimed was his only source of Income. Hustling was the way for a common young Black man trying to make a living in the ghetto. His career choices involved certain risks. However, a trip to North Carolina for a routine drug exchange ended being the soon-to-be MAC a nine-month stay behind bars.
Once released, Biggie borrowed a friend’s four-track tape recorder and laid own some hip-hop tracks In a basement. The tapes were then passed around and played at local radio station In New York. Not extremely attractive, Wallace named dark skinned, and had a crook in his eye, yet he was a charmer. A young impresario and sometime producer by the name of Sean Combs (Daddy) heard Baggie’s early tapes. Impressed, Puffy went to sign Biggie to his new label, Bad Boy Records. Puffy and Biggie worked on the artist’s first album, and the Notorious B. I. G. Was born. Biggie was first heard on a remix of a Mary J.
Bilge song and a track on the Who’s the Man? 1991 soundtrack. After these successes, the album worked on earlier went through its final touches and was released in 1994, titled “Ready to Die. ” The record was certified platinum quickly, and the Notorious B. I. G. Was named MAC of the Year at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards. After the quick success of the album, Biggie went back to get his friends, some who didn’t even rhyme. He had several run-ins with the law, on charges that ranged from beatings, to drugs and to weapons, while all claimed that Biggie was a gentle person. INTRO: “Just listen man, your mother giving you money Amiga?