Yesterday and Today
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I didn’t miss the fact that as of yesterday it’s been twelve years since we lost Biggie Smalls, who may have been one of the greatest emcees ever and still remains, at the very least, a cultural icon for our generation. After reviewing the Biggie biopic Notorious I learned that the only significant difference between my age-group and my younger sister’s is that she and her friends were too young to have felt the full impact of B.I.G.’s murder. Beyond that, I have to wonder how many more years we’ll even give this small nod to Biggie’s existence – will it still be “Biggie Day” even after (if ever) his murder is solved? Would he have had a few more kids by a few different women by now? He may have reconciled with Faith and then with Kim again, who wouldn’t have messed with her face at all if B.I.G. were still alive. At this point maybe he’d be married to Beyonce instead of Jay-Z, or at least have someone all famous and gorgeous on his arm – say a Rosario Dawson or some such. There’s no way that Biggie would still be working with Puff Daddy, and in fact Puff wouldn’t be Diddy or Sean Combs or anything else but Puff Daddy. Would Biggie have gone Hollywood like Snoop or stayed low key like Nas? Would he end up in nonsensical beef with relative new jack popinjays like 50 cent, or rhyme alongside Kanye with an autotuner? The questions just make me miss him more.
In honor of his memory, I’ve collected a few stories and free music links that were among the best of the web on Biggie Day 2009.