One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m a huge fan of the hip-hop genre of music and listen to hip hop, R&B, and rap more than any other genre (with California rock being a close second). I’m not sure what originally got me interested in that kind of music, but you give me a beat I can vibe to and some meaningful, heartfelt lyrics and I’ll give that song more than a chance. Maybe it is my hidden love for great poetry or just the fact that I can relate to the everyday grind and what it takes to be on top, but a lot of the great hip-hop speaks to me. With the right frame of mind great hip-hop can suck you in, give you an inspiring story to listen to, and challenge you to make the most of your life and not repeat the same mistakes that the artist has made in theirs.
You may be asking why I prefaced this entry with that previous paragraph, but March 9 is one of the historic days in the genre and in music history in general. On this date 15 years ago, March 9, 1997, Christopher Wallace aka Big Poppa or better known as Biggie Smalls was tragically murdered by an unknown assailant while visiting Los Angeles. At the time Wallace had become a central figure for East Coast hip-hop at a time when the battle between West Coast and East-Coast was at an all-time high. His murder still remains unsolved and to speculate on that would be unfair. Wallace was only 24 at the time of his death.
To this day Biggie Smalls remains one of the best artists of all time, and in 2006 he was named the #3 best emcee of all time by MTV. In his career Biggie was nominated for 4 Grammy awards but unfortunately never won one, but fittingly he did earn multiple Billboard Music Awards to go along with an MTV Video music award, a Soul Train music award, and four Source awards. His music remains timeless and there is no telling how much further he could have gone in his career had he been given a chance so for this I’d like to pay my respects to the man.
“We can’t change the world unless we change ourselves.”
R.I.P. Christopher Wallace (May 21,1972 – March 9, 1997)